My Summer Internship at Athena Camps
By Zara Shariff, Sophomore, Presentation High School
Zara Shariff was the featured student speaker at Presentation’s Community Service Assembly in September 2017. This is the transcript of her speech:
Good morning everyone, my name is Zara Shariff and I am a sophomore. This summer I wanted to help out in my community and I decided to volunteer at Athena Camps. Athena Camps is a summer camp for 5-13 year old girls where they learn to be strong, helpful, and confident by playing a variety of sports along with other activities. In addition, they also develop their skills to be kind supportive team members as they cheer each other on throughout their week at Athena Camps.
I eventually decided to spend most of my summer at Athena Camps because I am so proud of what they stand for. They have so many outstanding opportunities for girls, for instance practicing teamwork, making new friendships, and even learning to love a new sport that they never played before. It was amazing to see how happy each girl was at the end of each week. It was easy to notice how special each day was to all the girls and I was overjoyed to help make Athena Camps as remarkable as it was, each day this summer. As Pres girls, I am sure you all can relate to this feeling, of being part of a community where we are inspired to build each other up. If anyone of you have either encountered this or seen it happen in a work or volunteer setting, I am sure you can understand how special this experience is.
Our school theme this year is “Your Words are Everlasting Life.” With this theme, I look to Sophia’s example by remembering that our words and actions can change our worlds for the better. In Sophia’s example, she chose to be supportive, positive, and encouraging. And through my volunteer experience at Athena’s camp, I was impacted by observing her kindness towards others. We can remember Sophia’s example by recalling that our words and our actions can create massive effects.