When I was at the young age of 3, the first word that ever struck me confused was “gifted”. That was what my 2nd grade teacher exclaimed to my parents “Dalston is a gifted student” during a parent teacher meeting. I never knew what “gifted” meant, never understood the concept. All I knew was I was placed in classes with other kids that were smarter than me. Come 3rd, 4th and 5th grade, the word gifted (GATE) became more and more apparent. I started to win honor rolls, perfect attendance, awards that I thought were a little overdone. But then again, now that I apply for this CalSOAP I realize those documents come in handy.
Starting in 4th grade I had received an honor roll award and had my name listed on the town newspaper. Then in 5th grade I had received an Outstanding Academic Excellence award from President Barack Obama. In 6th grade I had received an IB Learner Profile Award and in 8th grade I received an Honor Roll I was a member of the Boy Scouts of America since 3rd grade. During my involvement with BSA, I had learned so many things that had now become the foundation of my young adulthood (i.e. building tents, being independent, teamwork, and most of all being responsible). One of the things that I would never forget is the opportunity of actually visiting the supreme court and play out a mock trial in front of an actual supreme court judge. I was able to act out my natural prosecuting skills. At the same time I was maintaining my grades and perfect attendance at school. Now comes high school I had chosen to join the AJROTC program to continue
what I had learned in Boys Scouts. I had enjoyed the program for its activities and its lessons. One lesson ...
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