Nominated By Mary Campbell, school counselor.
Calla struggled for a long time before her family realized that she was dyslexic. She worked incredibly hard to keep up with her peers and her school work– particularly in reading and writing. Once the dyslexia was discovered, all of her struggles made much more sense. She received the support she needs and now Calla has gained confidence in herself as a learner and leader. Through Calla’s involvement in National Science Honor Society, PAC, volleyball and track, she has grown tremendously in her leadership and personal attributes.
This year, Calla was selected to be in the top leadership position at Peak to Peak, PAC Core. She is responsible for the management of eight other junior and senior leaders, and holds them accountable for connecting with their freshmen and completing the requirements of the program. In addition, she teaches lessons in Freshman Seminar around team building, finding success in high school, decision-making, and anti-bullying. Calla also teaches four lessons per semester in tenth grade health on hate prevention, healthy relationships and suicide prevention. During the healthy relationships lesson last week, Calla challenged the sophomores to examine their personal relationships, determine if they were healthy or unhealthy, and make an action plan to change the ones that needed work. She bravely shared how she had an unhealthy relationship when she was a freshman and what she did to change it.
In class, she is a fabulous leader; always willing to hold her fellow leaders accountable (in a very accepting way) and makes insightful connections between the activities we are leading and high school life. Ms. Campbell states, “I call Calla by her first and middle name, Calla Joy, because she truly brings so much joy to our class and my life.”