LIMA ‚?? In writing an essay about volunteerism for the Lima Exchange Club, Anneliese Paik simply turned to the feeling she gets tutoring classmates at Shawnee High School.
‚??The tutoring this year has meant so much to me,‚?Ě the senior said after being named the club‚??s Youth of the Year Monday. ‚??There is just something about helping other people understand things. It is so rewarding. I can‚??t even put it in words.‚?Ě
The daughter of Eugene Paik and Tamara Paik earned the award at Monday‚??s Exchange Club luncheon. She won $500, with the chance to win $1,000 when she competes at the district level in May.
‚??I was just overwhelmed. I was really surprised and pleased,‚?Ě Anneliese said.
Area schools select students to compete and write an essay on ‚??Youth Volunteerism: Working Magic In Our Communities.‚?Ě A panel of independent judges selected the winner.
The following students were also recognized and received $100: Max McAdoo, of Allen East; Corey Paul, of Apollo Career Center; Mitchell Skinner, of Bath; Anna Crisp, of Bluffton; Tricia Warnecke, of Delphos St. John‚??s; Jacob Violet, of Delphos Jefferson; Brian Romney, of Elida; Sarah Pajka, of Lima Central Catholic; Cynthia Sroufe and Makaela Chiles, of Lima Senior; Alex Ciminilllo, of Temple Christian; Janisha Baker, of Perry; and Bryce Ringwald, of Spencerville.
Anneliese plays the trumpet in the school marching and symphonic bands and is president of National Honor Society and Spanish Club. She is a member of the school‚??s Science Olympiad and Quiz Bowl teams. She is captain of Quiz Bowl.
Along with tutoring twice a week at the high school through National Honor Society, Anneliese also tutors at the elementary school. She‚??s seen results of her work, which is reward enough.
‚??I‚??ve seen higher test scores, but it is more about getting them excited about the subject they are doing,‚?Ě she said.
While it can be hard to get youth to volunteer, Anneliese believes once they do, they will have a sense of self worth to carry with them forever.
‚??If a movement starts from the youth, we can reach adults ahead of us and we can really have a huge impact on the students that are younger than us,‚?Ě she said. ‚??It is all about getting things going, getting people inspired, and that inspiration can‚??t be crushed.‚?Ě
Anneliese has also done mission work through Shawnee United Methodist Church. She will major in computer science next year at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York. She is eager to enter the field.
‚??Even the school is male dominated, but I feel like I can really make a difference in this field,‚?Ě she said. ‚??I will be writing boring old programs, but I really want to try to reach young people of America.‚?Ě