Hello cherished audience, my name is Grace Zheng. I am currently a freshman in the Humanities Program at Poolesville High School. Throughout my educational career, I have been awarded many academic honors. From Elementary School, through Middle school I have made honor roll throughout and graduated from both with the President’s Award for Educational Excellence and straight A’s.
Aside from educational activities at school, I am also involved in the school’s volleyball team. I was an all around player in the Junior Varsity team. This position was challenging as I was expected to be well rounded in all aspects as well as being flexible with positions. Our volleyball team was also involved in raising money for the Dig Pink charity. We have raised money through various ways, selling bracelets, games during our dig pink game, and going around selling goods during the local Poolesville day. I was able to learn a lot about volleyball, what it means to be in a team, and doing good with your teammates.
Music and the arts are all very important to me. I am deeply rooted in the tradition of playing the GuZheng and have tested for a grade of 5. In past years, I’ve also gone to Princeton to compete in the International Chinese Music Competition and placed third in the Emerging Musicians category. But, I don’t just play for my own enjoyment, I play for others, from house guests at home, general public at shopping mall, to US Congressmen in Capitol Hill. It is truly one of my passions to spread the beautiful chinese music and culture.
In addition to all other activities I am also involved in my church. I am a singer in the Worship team for both the Teens Group and the English Ministry. Music is powerful, it speaks in a way that words cannot and it is an honor to be able to sing for others. I also help teaching the children every few months, preparing a lesson and singing songs for them. The experience is challenging but ultimately pays off as the children receive a good message and I have grown from the experience.
Helping others is a big part of my life and I believe that it is very important. I have garnered about 180 community service hours and earned the Superintendent’s Student Service Learning award graduating from middle school but that is simply a symbol of the work I have done. More importantly, are the lessons and skills I have learned through these experiences. In past summers, I have gone with my youth group to help the community that we stay in while growing our own relationships with one another. This past summer, I had the wonderful opportunity to help run a performing arts summer camp as a Counselor in Training. I lead the kids through assisting art, music, and dance lessons throughout the day. By the end of the week when they had put on their culminating performance to showcase what they learned, it was truly amazing to see their progress. The best part about the experience were the kids themselves. I was able to establish relationships with the kids by helping them with their art every morning, playing games with them, and eating with them. It was great to be able to help the children learn about the arts while enjoying themselves at camp and making memories.