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-Winner of the 1997 Secertary of State Leadership Award. I was nominated by several members of the Cranston West faculty as demonstrating leadership qualities while having tried to bring about positive change in my community while at the same time balancing my commitments with a strong academic record.

-Recipient of the 1997 Departmental Award in the Social Sciences. I received the award for being judged by the faculty in the Social Studies department and the Chairperson as being the best overall student in Social Studies since my freshmen year through my senior year.

-Winner of the 1997 Cranston Rotary Scholarship. The criteria for the scholarship were; involvement in school activities, leadership qualities, while possessing a strong academic record. The competition for this scholarship is extremely intense; your credentials with a host of other hopeful applicants are carefully screened by a selection committee who then selects the final candidate with the approval of the Rotary Club.

-Recipient of a Silver medal in the Social Studies section of the 1997 Academic Decathlon competition held in March of my Senior year. I was awarded the metal for my second place rating out of several hundred other students in a testing of the Social Sciences. The exam focused on World Geography, with a large segment dealing with the political and physical geography of Africa.

-Awarded a Bronze medal in the Economics section of the 1997 Academic Decathlon competition. This examination delt with the traditional topics of Micro and Macroeconomics, with a special portion dealing with the Economic climate and conditions of Africa.

-Recipient of a Bronze medal in Speech delivery in the 1997 Academic decathlon. This was awarded for excellence in the delivery of a prepared speech which took extensive preparation for over six months. This award was also given for a second section which included the delivery of an impromptu speech on three possible topics selected by a panel of judges. After the delivery of my prepared speech, I was given the three topics and only sixty seconds to devise a two minute speech.

-Recipient of a Gold Metal in the 1996 Academic Decathlon competition held in March of my Junior year. I was awarded the metal for my first place rating out of three hundred other students in an examination of the Social Sciences. The exam covered, in depth, the study of Communism, Fascism, Socialism and Democratic systems of government.

-Recipient of a Bronze Metal for overall team competition in the 1996 Academic Decathlon competition. My team competed against twenty-six other Rhode Island schools in examinations which include Music, Social Sciences, Speech delivery, Art and Environmental Studies. The preparation for these examinations are extremely intense and the competition very academically challenging. Our team, for instance, prepared from August 1995 all the way through March of 1996. I am also a member of the team this year as well.

-Received a Congratulatory Commendation from Rhode Islands Speaker of the House of Representatives. This was awarded for my work on the 1996 Cranston West Academic Decathlon Team and accomplishments on the team.

-As well as maintaining very active involvement in school activities and maintaining a strong academic record, I have always kept an eye toward the future, meaning my college education. In light of making my college experience a success, I have completed the following, -I was enrolled in a second year of study in honors/advanced American Government, where I received three college credits sponsored by Rhode Island College. This course is taught by an Adjunct Professor of Rhode Island College.

-I was enrolled in Writing 101 sponsored by the University of Rhode Island. Upon completion of the course I received three college credits. This course was taught by an adjunct Professor of the University of Rhode Island. - Due to excellence in History and scoring extrodinarally high on my advanced placement exams in History, I have acquired almost twelve credits in the subject. This has put me almost half way towards a bachelors degree in the field.

- With the amount of advanced study I have completed throughout my high school career, I will attend the University of Rhode Island with the possibility of completing almost 18-21 credits of college course work.

-Received a score of five on the United States History Advanced Placement examination. This is the highest score a student is able to obtain.

-Received a score of 660 on the Sat I examination on verbal and English reading skill, which placed me in the top 92 percentile of high school students.

-Received a score of 740 on the Sat II examination in United States History, which placed me in the top 92 percentile.

-Received a score of 700 on the Sat II examination on World History, which placed me in the top 85 percentile.

-During my Senior year, with the help of my Government II/Honors professor, Mrs. Byrd, I was selected as the Chairperson of the 1996 Cranston West Mock Election sponsored by CNN. As the head coordinator, I hung posters for the office of president and various other positions and also displayed the platforms of both candidates, in an effort to make the election completely by-partisan. Myself and several other students collected and counted ballots and announced the results to the school and also to CNN, where it was part of the National Mock Election that was held on October 30,1996. The election was also broadcasted live around the world on CNN.

-This year, along with several other students, I helped form a student committee to come up with a solution to help reform the welfare system. As chairperson of the committee, I helped research the current welfare system, and along with my other committee members, formulate a by-partisan solution using the economic systems of Supply Side and Keynesian Economics. After completing the project and coming up with several solutions to this very dire and troublesome issue, we submitted our findings to our state’s Governor, Secretary of State and even the President of the United States and Congress via the Internet.

-During the past several years I was a member of my school’s Amnesty International Club, Mock Trial Team and various other organizations. I was also member of my school’s literary magazine, Contempra which was recognized as one of the best yearly school magazines in the United States.

- During the summer of my freshmen year in high school, I worked as a volunteer at the Providence Public Library. During that summer I worked in the Circulation as well as the Audio/Visual departments. After successfully completing summer work as volunteer, I was then awarded a job to work on a part time basis in the Circulation department shelving books in the general stacks. Since then my responsibilities have been expanded to include shelving areas not open to the public, such as the Reference sections open only to Librarians, advanced research materials and other related duties.