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A Step Above: A Step Above – Brianna Ballard

Coronado High School
Class of 2013

Making a difference in the world isn’t something that Coronado High School senior Brianna Ballard takes lightly. Whether it’s through friends, community, or her future career as a chemical engineer, this confident and enterprising young woman hopes to bring us all closer together and make tomorrow brighter for the less fortunate. With strong faith, unyieldingresolve and a firm sense of personal accountability, Brianna refuses to let herself be defined by other’s perceptions; she’s comfortable and self assured just being who she is, and she knows exactly what she wants out of life. For all that and more, Brianna Ballard stands – A Step Above.


G.P.A.: 4.75


·       Varsity Volleyball, 2010-11; JV Volleyball, 2010-11
·       Madrigal Choir, 2011-13
·       Coronado Production of Godspell, 2012
·       Coronado Production of Beauty and the Beast, 2013
·       Directed “Awesome 80s Prom” in Student Directed Play Festival, 2013
·       Drama Club, 2012-13
·       National Honor Society, 2011-13
·       Coronado Choir Secretary, 2012-13
·       Student Council, 2011-13
·       Junior Class VP, 2011-12; Senior Class Secretary, 2012-13

Awards/Community Service

·       Scholar Athlete, 2012
·       Sportsmanship Award, 2010 & 2012
·       Team MVP, 2011
·       Nevada All State Academic Team, 2012
·       Varsity Letter, 2012
·       AP Scholar Award, 2012
·       Young Womanhood Medallion, 2013
·       St. Timothy’s Church Thanksgiving Volunteer, 2007-Present
·       Chemistry Tutor, 2011-12
·       Volunteer for Construction of Foothills Montessori School, 2008

Accomplishments Most Proud Of: “I am proud of my diligence in school. While most of my friends gave up on math and their grades, they were important to me. I studied every night to get into classes where others often had challenges. I was able to accomplish this while doing all my extra-curricular activities throughout the year, which was very hard.”

Brianna Looks Up To: “I look up to my mom. She is kind, humorous, and strong. She works so hard for us every day just to make sure we are taken care of. She doesn’t let social norms define her. She is her own person, and I admire her for that. She always encouraged me when I was down, and she’s the reason why I know I can succeed in whatever I try.”

Part of the Solution: “I think one big issue with our generation of young adults is the lack of true self-confidence. We seem to put on a veil of self-assurance, but in reality, most young people are not sure of themselves at all. I would create a positive self-image campaign to convince the youth, especially young girls, that they are beautiful inside and out. Everyone deserves to feel accepted and loved.”

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