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Volcano Vista's Selfless Seniors - 2013

Christopher Carrica - 2013

 

Christopher Carrica said he tries to model his life after his little sister Becky whose caring, loving nature has taught him to be a more selfless person. “My parents have taught us that time spent helping others can never be a waste of time. I help people because it makes me happy to see their smiles.” Chris is active in school sports and organizations including football, rugby, weightlifting, National Honor Society, student government and Best Buddies. Though the group meets only once a week, Chris can be seen on a near-daily basis hanging out with students who have severe disabilities, playing games, doing crafts or just talking with them. “I try my best to create a positive environment anywhere I go. My goal is to always help people feel better about themselves and give them advice about school and life decisions.”

 

 

Gregory Corkern - 2013

 

Greg Corkern was strongly influenced by a seventh-grade teacher. “Mr. (Genorace) Armstrong’s job was to teach us history and geography, but he taught us much more than the names of mountains or the capitals of states. He taught us to be great, exceptional people.” Greg has become one of those exceptional people, compelled to help others mend the problems in their lives. He is involved in the Math Honors Society, Key Club and Youth and Government. He is a church usher and has done research at UNM and the Air Force Research Laboratories. “People often hide their feelings to avoid displaying weakness or insecurity. I know because I used to think this way. However, I have since learned that gaining strength from seeking help far outweighs any outward appearance of weakness.  I look for those in need to help them find new strength.”

 

 

Nikkie Duran - 2013

 

Nikkie Duran is inspired to help others by her brother Michael, whose heroin addiction lead to his untimely death at age 19. As a result of the family tragedy, Nikkie has become an active advocate for drug awareness and anti-drug campaigns and drug abuse topics. “My brother showed me that life is not always beautiful, but we must spend our time searching for the beauty that does exist.”  Nikkie is a member of the Talons Dance Team and also is involved in student government.  She serves on the Heroin Awareness Committee and is a spokesperson for SafeTeen New Mexico, appearing in anti-drug awareness documentaries and public service announcements. “Helping people is just something I do naturally. I feel like it is a quality that people recognize in me. I am spreading awareness about a subject of which some people are afraid.”

Volcano Vista's Selfless Seniors – 2012

 

Annelise Pace 2012     “In order for some people to be successful, they
      need to be able to have someone to help them along.”
      – Michael Steudle


 

Michael Steudle 2012

 
“It’s the spur of the moment kindness that always
   inspires me because it is evidence of someone
   with a genuine care of others.”
   – Annelise Pace

APS Selfless Senior