Coral Gables High senior ScarlettPerez has earned more than 800 volunteer Perez has earned more than 800 volunteer hours. Since her freshman year, she has been volunteering at a summer camp at Melrose Elementary for the non-profit organization Regis House.
She also volunteers at Melrose in the after school program. She became interested in volunteering after talking with one of the youth leaders at her church who had volunteered there in the past.
“She helped me out with the paperwork and I’ve been volunteering ever since,” Perez said. “I pretty much help the kids with their homework. I focus mostly with the first or second graders. The teachers tell me who is having trouble in class. I also watch the sixth graders, mostly watching them on the playground.”
Her experience helped her realize she likes working with children.
“I didn’t like it before, but I like working with the little bit older kids,” Perez said. “I feel like I’m able to talk to them and make them realize education is important.”
At Gables, Perez is the news editor for Highlights, the school paper. The newspaper is recognized for excellence both on the state and national level. In her role, she assigns stories and she lays out pages. Perez works with the writers, asking for an outline, a first draft and a final draft.
“Between the first and final draft there needs to be multiple drafts,” she said.
She is involved in the International Baccalaureate Honor Society as treasurer and she is a member of Future Business Leaders of America. Perez is the Student Council secretary, which means she works with the other officers to plan events such as Homecoming and a college fair.
For college, Perez applied for early action to Northeastern and regular action to the University of Virginia and the University of Miami. Also on her list are Boston University, the University of Florida and Florida State.
“I’m leaning toward history but I also like literature,” Perez said. “I want to do something I love.”
— Linda Rodriguez Bernfeld