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Makayla Van


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I am interested in furthering my education, gaining knowledge and experience, in addition to making connections, possibility friendships, with the people I meet along the way.


Academy Park High School

High School
2020 - 2024


  • Desired degree level:

    Bachelor's degree program

  • Majors of interest:

    • Funeral Service and Mortuary Science
    • Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing
    • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other
    • Pharmacology and Toxicology
  • Not planning to go to medical school
  • Career

    • Dream career field:

      Hospital & Health Care

    • Dream career goals:

      Ethan Joner Memorial Scholarship
      Makayla Van 12th Grade Academy Park Community service and how it makes an impact on my community. Community involvement is not merely an extracurricular activity; it is a cornerstone of personal growth and societal development. My journey of community engagement has been shaped by my active participation in various organizations and volunteer endeavors, including the Student Council, National Honor Society (NHS), community church, and the local funeral home. Through these experiences, I have not only contributed to the betterment of my community but also cultivated essential skills and values that will guide me throughout life. As a member of the Student Council, I have had the privilege of serving as a voice for my peers, advocating for their needs and interests. Whether organizing school events, initiating community service projects, donating, raising money, or fostering school spirit, the Student Council has been instrumental in creating a vibrant and inclusive school environment. Through collaborative decision-making and effective leadership, I have learned the importance of teamwork, communication, and problem-solving – skills that are indispensable in both personal and professional spheres. Similarly, as an NHS member, I have participated in various service projects, ranging from my school's annual What's Your Passion Festival, to selling snacks to the students at the end of the day. These experiences have instilled in me a sense of responsibility and empathy towards others, as well as a commitment to making a positive impact in society. Moreover, being part of the NHS has allowed me to connect with like-minded individuals who share a passion for service and altruism, fostering a sense of camaraderie and mutual support. In addition to my school-based activities, I am actively engaged in volunteer work within my community church. Whether assisting with community outreach programs during the holiday season or participating in church events, I strive to uphold the values of compassion, kindness, and service to others. My involvement in the church has reinforced the importance of giving back to those in need and fostering a sense of community and belonging. Furthermore, my volunteer work at the local funeral home has provided me with a unique perspective on life and death and an opportunity to support grieving families during their time of loss. From assisting with funeral preparations to offering emotional support to bereaved individuals, I have learned the importance of empathy, resilience, and compassion in the face of adversity. These experiences have taught me valuable life lessons about the fragility of life, the significance of human connection, and the importance of serving others with humility and grace. In conclusion, my involvement in my community through various organizations and volunteer endeavors has been a transformative journey of personal and social development. Whether through my role in the Student Council, participation in the National Honor Society, engagement in community church activities, or volunteer work at the local funeral home, I have gained invaluable experiences, skills, and values that have shaped me into a responsible, compassionate, and engaged citizen. Moving forward, I am committed to continuing my journey of community involvement, making meaningful contributions, and inspiring positive change in the world around me.