School: Dougherty Valley High School, San Ramon CA. President of Healthy Lifestyle For Youth (HLFY) School Club.
Words to live by: In a gentle way, you can shape the world. – Mahatma Gandi
I have always had a passion for running. It takes in your soul. For what you might call a boring activity, the falling repetitive steps of motion I take towards a destination unknown to man is a grounding and relaxing experience. Starting in middle school, I used that passion to start my own business in hand designed sterling silver running jewelry containing different charms with motivational messages such as “never never never give up”, “me vs. me”, “she believed she could so she did”, and “run like a girl”. These jewelry pieces were intended to motivate and inspire female runners to feel more powerful and confident by wearing them and having them as a constant reminder to and persevere through their challenging runs.
Ada began running cross country in her freshman year of high school, and in a matter of months, she developed a passion for the sport. The constant training involved taught her the importance of maintaining an active lifestyle, which was why she was excited when Grace asked her to be a part of the HLFY team. Ever since then, Ada has worked to increase awareness among teenagers about how critical it is to keep bodies healthy and well. She specifically has helped in the creation of the website, starting a school club, planning and brainstorming new ideas, and nonprofit jewelry sales. She hopes to continue expanding HLFY and working with her teammates to continue to advocate for maintaining one’s well-being in a time where academics and other stressors tend to push mental and physical health aside.
Katherine, or Katie, is currently a high-school student. Throughout elementary school she developed a mild interest in running only to have it become a major passion in her life by the eighth grade. In the summer going into eighth grade, she remembers sitting in the car and passing by the high school, watching high school students jog back towards the school. She asked her sister, “What are they doing? Why are they running in the heat?” She realized these runners were on the school’s cross country team, and adored their determination and strength that enabled them to run in such conditions. This sparked her enthusiasm to run.
By eighth grade she joined her middle school’s cross country team but was disappointed to learn that it was not taken as seriously she thought. But in high school, she was delighted to start pre-season! Cross country has taught her so many core values such as leading an active lifestyle, endurance, and keeping a positive mentality. Katie also had the chance to interact with new people and make new friends that she could stay “hi” to. Whether or not it is running, basketball, or any other sport, she believes that leading an active and healthy lifestyle, while also having a passion for it, is essential to one’s physicality and mentality!
Director of Media and Design
Hi, my name is Alina Wu. I’m a well-performing student who loves to spend my time outside of academics creating art and practicing sport fencing. Art is my lifelong passion that stems from it being a creative and emotional outlet. Additionally, I enjoy fencing at local clubs. As an epee fencer since middle school, I have proudly competed at Summer Nationals twice in the recent years. Fencing allowed me to realize the power of living actively. By strengthening my body, the sport taught me to be more confident, sharpened my mentality, and made me more efficient with schoolwork. Thus, I am enthusiastic about the Healthy Lifestyle For Youth mission to advocate the importance of a balanced life and to give back to communities in need.
Product Marketing Manager
Hi! My name is Sophia Huang. Something interesting about me is that I love to figure skate. My favorite quote is, “Strive not to be of success, but rather of value,” -Albert Einstein. This quote reminds me that success or money does not define how well you did in life. It is actually the people that you have impacted, your happiness, and your character that defines how well you did in the game of life. I believe that it is important to promote active and healthy lifestyles in the youth because it will help them live longer and better lives. Lifestyle choices, such as eating a healthy and balanced diet and exercising regularly, are important to lead a long and healthy life.
Eve is a high school student who believes that HLFY is a valuable organization in that it stresses the importance of physical and mental health of teens and children. In this day and age, many people seem to romanticize poor health, idealizing those who sleep two hours a night and skip meals for their academics. The teenage years are a pivotal point for growth, yet many choose to neglect their own well-being. HLFY serves as a wake-up call to these teens because health is permanent benefits – a 5.0 GPA does not. She is excited to be a part of the organization to spread the message that health is an extreme critical component of our lives.