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A Step Above: Keely Peterson

Keely Peterson

Foothill High School

Class of 2020

It’s not happenstance that Foothill High School Student Body President Keely Peterson often finds herself calling the shots. “Leadership,” she says, “is something that comes naturally for me.” She chalks it up to being an “old soul” who is able to communicate effectively with people of all ages while showing up as mature and trustworthy. Moreover, she is resolute in her belief that she can do just about anything she sets her mind to as long as she is determined and willing to work for it. With this resilient mindset and a desire to always keep striving for greatness, Keely Peterson is–A Step Above.

G.P.A.: 4.7

Activities/Community Service:

  • Student Council, 2016-Present
  • Student Body President, 2019-2020
  • Sophomore Class President, 2017-2018
  • Student Body Secretary, 2018-2019
  • AP Club, 2017-Present
  • Student Advisory Board Representative, 2018/2019
  • St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital Walk/Run Volunteer, 2016/2017
  • Three Square Food Bank, 2016-2018
  • Henderson Police Fallen Heroes Walk/Run Volunteer, 2017-2019
  • OneHill Organization Elementary/Middle School Volunteer, 2018/2019


  • Freshman of the Year (Student Council), 2018
  • Distinguished Student Leader, 2018
  • Student of the Quarter, 2019
  • Straight A Awards, 2016-2019
  • NASC Silver Star, 2018/2019
  • Gold Council of Excellence, 2018/2019
  • Valedictorian Candidate for 2020

What are your top priorities as Student Body President? “My top priority is to increase organization within Foothill’s council but also school-wide. I believe that increasing organization and certain aspects such as communication will benefit everyone, whether that be students or staff. I also plan to bring a lot of school spirit to Foothill and keep it all year long.”

How has being in student council helped you grow as a person? “Being in student council has taught me a lot about myself and has drastically increased my confidence. Being in charge of various events and being relied on has taught me how to believe in myself and never give up. Over the past year, I have also had to learn how to be accepting and much more compromising than I would have expected.”

What accomplishment(s) are you most proud of and why? “I am most proud of being elected Student Body President and for everything that I have done in student council. I have loved being able to make decisions on behalf of my school in order to create events or activities I know that they would love and would make them excited to go to school.” 

What has been your favorite community service endeavor or charity to work with? “I love to volunteer at the Henderson Police’s Fallen Heroes Walk/Run each year. In this run, we honor all the police officers that have lost their lives in the line of duty. It has allowed me to witness first-hand the impact a single person can make on an entire community.”

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