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A Step Above 2018 Kayla Rawlins There is a consistent quality that shines throughout Green Valley High School senior Kayla Rawlins’ character: her desire to be a beacon of kindness. Graciously aware, and grateful, that she has been on the receiving end, she’s intent on paying it forward as she navigates work, school, church and extra- curricular activities. And from that foundation blooms everything that makes her a standout individ- ual. With sights set on finishing her senior year strong, continuing onto BYU, and pursuing a life that is, above all, happy and selfless, she means to accomplish it all while staying true to her core values, and for that, Kayla Rawlins is – A Step Above G.P.A.: 4.65 Sports/Activities: • JV Swim, 2015-2016 • GVHS Concert Choir, 2015-Present • GVHS Madrigal Choir, 2016-Present • GVHS Symphony Orchestra, 2015-Present • Clark County Honor Choir, 2016-Present • Nevada All-State Choir, 2017 • Zion’s Youth Symphony and Chorus, 2015 • Private Piano Studies, 2014-Present • National Honor Society, 2016-Present Awards/Community Service: • Science Student of the Month–March, 2017 • Clark County Honor Choir Soprano 2 Section Leader, 2016 • Nevada All-State Choir Soprano 2 Section Leader, 2017 • Choir Varsity Letter, 2017 • Orchestra Varsity Letter, 2017 • Young Womanhood Recognition Award, 2015 • Piano Solo & Ensemble Outstanding Rating, 2017 • Vocal Solo & Ensemble Outstanding Rating, 2017 • Beehive Home Volunteer, 2017 • Church Youth Committee, 2017 • Pennsylvania Special Olympics Volunteer, 2015 How did uprooting from Pennsylvania and changing high schools affect your outlook? “Not only was it hard making new friends, but it was challenging getting used to a high school all over again. I was able to overcome this obstacle through amazing friends and teachers who embraced me. Moving 2500 miles taught me that I need to strive to be a friend to everyone and embrace newcomers throughout my life just as I was so lovingly welcomed.” How was it volunteering for the Special Olympics? “When I lived in Pennsylvania, my church part- nered with Special Olympics every March, and we had the opportunity to provide games for partici- pants in between their events. Every year, I was struck by the pure happiness of the participants. They are truly some of the kindest, most joyful people I have encountered, and serving them made me a kinder, happier person.” October/November 2017 How do you intend to positively influence your peers? “Our world is becoming increasingly harsh and critical. I witness unkindness all around me at school every day, and teenagers are being trained more and more to compare themselves to others. I want to be a voice for avoiding judgement and providing others with the benefit of the doubt. I want to advocate for reaching out and loving others despite our differences, because with that comes increased self-positivity.” 57