Over the next few days, we'll be doing a countdown to graduation, and featuring the student whose class rank is the same as the number of days until graduation.
Today's student, Hannah Huntley is ranked #4 out of 492. Here is what she has to say about herself.
While others may measure their achievements and awards simply as the collection of physical awards, trophies, or other tangible evidence, I tend to view my achievements and awards as my personal connection to each event and how I achieved personal goals I have set for myself. For example, volunteering over 3,000 hours with the Germantown Animal Shelter and Memphis Animal Services and finding new loving, forever homes for my foster dogs Cinnamon, Cody, Hamilton, Sofía, Hercules, and Josephine serves a personal and local achievement for me, as I have helped six incredibly sweet and deserving dogs. While some people in my community may not call that an achievement or award; I certainly do, because I personally helped save six lives- and saved three more from euthanasia- that otherwise would have been lost due to the actions of mankind. Meanwhile, my writing has been published in three separate anthologies and that is such an honor for me, as I have always been a passionate writer who frequently publishes on the internet to an international fanbase; online writing is actually how I met my new friend from the Philippines whom I talk with at least once a week. On the fanbase where I publish, I currently have 77 stories read all around the world that have received hundreds of comments, favorites, and followers. Relationships between other humans and animals make my life worth living, and those are my greatest accomplishments.
A few weeks before I turned six, I entered my first fishing rodeo tournament. Now, I had learned to fish when I was two years old thanks to my papa taking me out to the lake and teaching me, but I wasn’t really expecting to win. I went out to the fishing rodeo just to have fun with Papa and the rest of my family as well as get to show off my fishing skills to other people. To my surprise, I won first place since I caught nine catfish in only an hour and a half! I still have the picture of me standing with my fish alongside Papa with a large smile on my face! Ever since that first fishing rodeo, I participated in two per year until I reached the age of fifteen. Now, I didn’t want to stop at age fifteen, but I was forced to retire because that was the end of the age group. Since entering at the age of six, I have won about fourteen of the competitions and have gotten second place in about six of the competitions when either my sister beat me in the younger age bracket or when I was new to the older age bracket and was beaten by some of the older boys. An interesting aspect to note is that I was usually the only girl or one of two girls within the older age bracket, so I usually got a bit of jealous and sexist talk from the boy, such as “What is a girl doing out here?” Another thing they used to say that would grate on my nerves is “I doubt she is even used to fishing, especially not against guys.” I would respond to the taunting I heard even when my back was turn by spinning around and facing the boys in question before stating “I am here because I love to fish, and this girl is going to kick your butt,” with a smirk on my lips before walking off to claim the special spot that I had claimed as mine ever since I started coming out to that lake at two years old. So, I am not only a diligent student with a passion for writing, but I am also a local champion fisherwoman known by all who work at the lake. To this day, I still retain the fishing skills and I believe I was even mentioned in the newspaper quite a few years ago due to winning the tournaments! I bet you didn’t know that information about me!
Since freshman year, I have been involved in many different clubs, organizations, and activities. To start off, I have been in the Germantown High School IB program since I started attending Germantown in my ninth grade year. In addition, I have been involved with the GHS Varsity Girls’ Bowling Team since freshman year and hope to end my senior year with one final year on the team. During my eleventh grade year, I served as team captain for the varsity bowling team, and I helped encourage my team every step of the way. We even won the Thanksgiving tournament last year held against teams that aren’t even in our normal league! I intend to serve as team captain again this year and help to make my senior year scores even more outstanding than the past three years! One last club I have been in since freshman year is the Writer’s Guild club, and it has recently been brought to my attention that I can serve as vice president of the club for the upcoming school year. I look forward to club day where I can help spread the word and get some more members for Writer’s Guild! As our motto says, “Do the write thing!”
Currently, I am a member of the IB Program, the GHS Varsity bowling team, Writer’s Guild, National Spanish Honor Society, Beta Club, National Science Honor Society, National Honor Society, and the ACT 30 plus club. I am given responsibilities within each of my societies, such as community service hour requirements, but the rest of my clubs require an involvement from me as a leader due to the offices that I currently possess. As I mentioned earlier, I am the team captain of the GHS Varsity Girls’ Bowling team for two years now including this school year. After May of last year, I am now President of the National Spanish Honor Society who is in charge of coming up with projects and planning gatherings for our parties around Día de Los Muertos and Cinco de Mayo. For National Honor Society, I am one of the Executive Board members of the club after our elections in late May. While I am not entirely sure what an executive board member is supposed to do, I can assure you that I will have quite an important job on my shoulders as being one of the leading members of the prestigious National Honor Society. Overall, I am involved in many clubs and serve in offices for about half of them in order to be able to fully dedicate my time between the duties of being a general member and a leading officer in charge of coming up with projects or motivating a team or particular club to do its best.
I intend to attend the University of Memphis and get my BSN degree in Nursing at the end of my four years in college; one of my goals I have set for myself during college is to graduate with little to no student debt. After receiving my BSN from the University of Memphis, I plan to work as a registered nurse for twelve to eighteen months before going back to college in order to become a nurse anesthetist. Following a career path in nursing has always been one of my goals in life because I want to help heal people in addition to the drive that I have to bring light and hope to a world shrouded in darkness and corruption.
When I was in the fourth grade, I received the Presidential Award for Academic Excellence! It was even signed by President Barack Obama! The Presidential Award for Academic Excellence was given to me for exceeding class expectations of academic success, grade point average, state tests, and overall school-set criteria. I was so happy to receive the award, and I framed the certificate in my room for a few years before the frame eventually broke. Another academic achievement I have is that I have been on the Principal’s Honor Roll throughout my entire school career since I have never made lower than an A in any subject since I have been in school! In addition, I was chosen as the IB Spanish student of the year my freshman year due to having the highest average in the Spanish class I was in. I received a plaque as my award, and it still sits on my desk in my bedroom to this day. Also during freshman year, I placed third in Tennessee for the National Spanish Exam, a feat which I had never accomplished before and that Ms. Staunton says does not happen to very many people at Germantown High.