Young people sample lots of activities in high school, and by the time they graduate each has a unique set of experiences to call their own. We asked three members of Longview’s class of 2018 to share something about their high school careers, a piece of advice and their post-graduation plans.
Mark Morris High School: Hardwired to help
Becky Grubbs seems hardwired for volunteering.
“I’ve been doing non-profit work since I was 18 months old,” said
the senior, describing those early times with her grandparents
at FISH of Cowlitz County, which distributes food and other services.
This year and last, Becky received Volunteer of the Year honors from the Cowlitz-Wahkiakum United Way.
Becky began volunteering at the United Way as a sophomore and soon was helping plan events, like the Day of Caring campaign. This year she worked with LPS to implement a literacy program that put 100 Mark Morris and R.A. Long students in third grade classrooms where they encouraged the younger students to read for fun.
“Becky took it on as her pet project … and set up student teams at the high schools,” said Brooke Fisher-Clark, United Way executive director. “It was really magical to see that partnership.”
Becky said volunteer work has taught her that there is always a way to help.
“United Way really helped me find out how to contribute,” she said.
Next steps: Finish an associate’s degree in business at Lower Columbia College and then pursue a four-year degree to become a financial planner or accountant.
Advice for younger students: “I would suggest they look for opportunities for things they can do in their own community. There’s always some way to help. You can always find something to do.”
Click here to read about Discovery graduate Natalie Rodriguez .
Click here to read about R.A. Long graduate Hamzah Amjad.
Story originally appeared in the Summer 2018 issue of the Longview Schools Review.