By: Lauren Wheeler
It is fall once again at Lake High School. As the leaves break out their autumn hues, most students are preoccupied with Friday football games, Facebook, and figuring out what to wear to homecoming. But one student is concerned with something much more important; she is concerned with others.
Gracing the halls with a warm smile, this charismatic junior is a breath of fresh air to the somewhat stuffy school. In stark contrast to most students her age, she is not afraid to talk to anyone. When she does, the conversation flows as if it were between two old friends.
On any given day, this student can be found helping teachers and peers alike around campus, but she is now about to take her works outside the school halls.
Athena Demich has made it her mission to collect goods for Army care packages. Sending everything from disposable razors and deodorant to fruit and tea, she certainly has her work cut out for her.
Demich has never done a large-scale service project like this one before; however, her sights are set high.
“I hope it ends up being a very big success,” she says.
Why exactly is she doing all this? She wants to show love and support for our women and men in uniform.
“We can live normal lives each day because of the brave men and women who are fighting for our freedom.” Athena does not want anyone to forget the immense sacrifice our service people have made, such as leaving behind family, children, and the simple joys of life. It is now our turn to show our gratitude.
This is not the only contribution she has made; Demich is very involved with community service. Along with various activities, Athena has sacrificed her time hosting special events at her church, helping at Quail Hollow Park, and working around our school.
Giving back may seem like a peculiar hobby to most teenagers. Many would wonder why she does it, but Athena finds it to be her passion.
“God has truly blessed me and I feel called to give back.”
Not only does this young girl have a servant's heart but also a leader's spirit. Last year she was elected by her peers to be the sophomore class president. Her leadership did not go unrecognized; out of a group of qualified tenth graders, Athena was hand selected by Lake High School's principal, Mr. Tobin, to attend a leader's conference.
The Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Conference was hosted by Mount Union College. The three-day seminar consisted of multiple educational speakers, who discussed several topics. “We really learned what it means to be a leader,” shares Athena.
For a high school student who has so much on her plate, what motivates her to be so ambitious? “My family has always inspired me to work hard and to do my best every day.”
Not only that, but she feels blessed to serve others. “The most rewarding experience for me is knowing that my services have helped benefit other people.”
“Goal setting is the most important thing you can do if you want to achieve anything,” she shared, and she is taking her own advice to heart. This year she has high hopes of being inducted into the National Honor Society.
Athena Demich sets the bar for what it means to be a leader.