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A Step Above: A Step Above – Summer Minden

Bishop Gorman High School
Class of 2013

One generation’s leaders become the next generation’s shining examples, and that’s a role Bishop Gorman High School Student Body President Summer Minden is happy to fill. Guided by strong values and smart choices, Summer recognizes the power of change and the importance of dedicated leadership, uniting classmates in their dreams for a better tomorrow. From speech and debate to student government and beyond, this talented and inspiring young woman is making her voice heard. She’s changing lives beyond just her own, and that helps elevate Summer Minden to – A Step Above.

G.P.A.: 3.07


  • Varsity Track, 2010-11
  • Varsity Tennis, 2011-12
  • Speech and Debate, 2010-12; Co-Captain, 2012
  • Associated Student Government, 2010-Present
  • NASC Southern Zone Conference, 2012
  • Class President, 2012; Class Vice President, 2010-11
  • National Forensics League, 2009-12
  • Saint Viator Catholic Church Youth Lector, 2004-12
  • Children’s Liturgy Committee, 2004-12

Awards/Community Service

  • State Champions (Tennis), 2012
  • District Finalist (Speech and Debate), 2010-12
  • Yellow Rosebud Award, 2012; Yellow Rose Award, 2012
  • Tick-Tocker Service Award, 2012
  • Hourglass Award, 2012
  • Class of 2013 Hand in Hand Award, 2012
  • National Charity League, 2007-12
  • Quest Retreat Leader, 2011-12
  • Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation, 2007-12
  • Del Mar Gardens Rehabilitation Center, 2007-12

Summer is Successful Because: “I am a very logical thinker. My father has always helped me look at the bigger picture and my mother’s work ethic helps me stick with what needs to get done in order to succeed. One has to be able to face failures without letting them bring your motivation down. Making choices consistent with your values ensures reliable decision making.”

Summer is Stronger and Wiser Because: “In my high school career, I’ve faced many obstacles. Students spend years planning who they will be and what they will achieve, but when things don’t fall through the way you’ve planned, it can be disorienting. The most valuable lesson to take away is that you are meant to achieve something greater. Look for ways to make the situation better for others, if not for yourself.”

Summer Looks Up To: “I look up to my student government advisor. Cannella Young helps me to not only see what needs to get done but what to do to achieve more. She is always looking at things from a different perspective. Humility, motivation and honesty make her a great role model for any student leader.”


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