Sarah has integrated service into her daily life. She excels in gymnastics and field hockey at Joseph Case High School in Swansea and instead of concentrating on herself; she has found a way to use her talents to help others. She volunteers with a gang prevention intervention program, the Peaceful Coalition, which provides a safe place for kids to participate in dance and gymnastics activities. As a cancer survivor, she was thrilled last year to be able to volunteer at Camp Sunshine, a camp that provides relief, support, joy and hope to children with life threatening illnesses. As she interacted with parents she provided hope that someday soon their children could also lead healthy fulfilling lives.
Sarah was the captain of her field hockey and her school’s gymnastics team this year. She could have easily sat back and concentrated on her studies, sports and friends. Instead she chose to go the extra mile by consistently motivating and encouraging her teammates. Even when she was injured she showed up at every meet or game to tell them they could do it. We are proud to award someone like Sarah, who is both selfless and determined with a Mark Bavis Leadership Foundation Scholarship. We wish her the best as she pursues her degree at the University of New England.