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A Step Above: A Step Above – Elsie Powley

West Career & Technical Academy
Class of 2013

With a sharp mind for bio-tech, the steadfast resolve of an athlete and the strong work ethic of a multi-talented scholar, West Career & Technical Academy senior Elsie Powley has a bright future ahead of her. She’s proud to take center stage in any endeavor, from the tennis court to student council, proving that leadership, confidence and enthusiasm are clear hallmarks of success. As she heads to Brigham Young University this fall, she’s setting out to turn every challenge into a new accomplishment.  For all that and more, Elsie Powley stands – A Step Above.


G.P.A.: 4.72


  • Varsity Tennis, 2011-12
  • Zion’s Youth Symphony & Chorus, 2011-12
  • Key Club, 2012-13
  • NHS, 2010-12
  • Student Council Ambassador, 2010-13
  • Student Council Representative, 2011-12
  • Student Body President, 2012-13

Awards/Community Service

  • 1st Place Governor’s High School Essay Contest, 2011
  • AP Scholar, 2012
  • Editor-in-Chief, WCTA Newspaper, 2011-12
  • Scholar Athlete, 2011-12
  • Most Valuable Newspaper Staff Member, 2012
  • Young Woman Recognition Award, 2010
  • Outstanding Citizenship, 2009-13
  • Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, 2011-13
  • Special Olympics Nevada, 2010-13
  • Volunteer at Opportunity Village, 2009-13
  • Volunteer at Shade Tree, 2009-12

Accomplishments Most Proud Of: “I am most proud of being elected as WCTA’s first Student Body President and having the opportunity to be included in my high school’s first graduating class of 2013. My perspective on leadership positions is that they are the best opportunities to serve others, and I am always the happiest when I can do something for someone else.”

Elsie Looks Up To: “I look up to my best friend of six years, Elizabeth Burdett. She has always embraced her unique and fun personality without regard to others’ opinions of her. Today, she is president of her high school’s National Honor Society and led the planning and execution of a Color Run with NHS for her high school and the entire town in Rolla, Missouri.”

Part of the Solution: “A key issue facing young adults today, especially at my school, is a sense of identity. If there was a stronger focus on mentoring youths individually to help them find out who they are and who they want to become, this issue could be met. Each person has specific needs and abilities, and oftentimes adolescents require one with a larger perspective to help address these needs and inspire them to make important decisions that will impact their lives.”

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