116 3rd St SE
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52401
CLARENCE - Involvement and volunteerism is Breylee St. John's credo.
The sophomore at North Cedar spends a lot of her time volunteering during the school year and during the summer. She is in FBLA, student council, band, choir, yearbook, speech, volleyball, as well as the play and musical.
She spends many hours a week on each of these activities, even making honor roll her freshman year.
During summer break, St. John still volunteers her time. For the past three years, she has been a counselor at Camp Reece, a nonprofit organization that offers an outdoor experience to people with disabilities. She started as a junior counselor and worked her way up to being a counselor.
'I love Camp Reece because it's fun to give the campers a vacation,” she said. 'When you're there it's a whole world on its own. Everyone fits in and it's amazing to help someone have a little fun during the summer. I love helping people and I've learned a lot from going.”
St. John is in charge of making sure her campers have the best week. She usually leads a cabin of around six to eight campers and makes sure their needs are met and that everyone is having a good time.
'Being a counselor, you have to make sure you get your group to each activity on time and help them while you're there,” she said.
St. John first heard about Camp Reece four summers ago when one of her friends (whose uncle was co-director at the time) wanted to go. She told St. John about it, but she wasn't able to go that summer.
'Hearing about the experiences she had, I knew right away I was going to love it there,” St. John said. 'My first summer there was amazing and I've gone back ever since.
'The reason I wanted to volunteer there was because making someone else's life happy for a week seemed truly amazing.”
When asked what her favorite part of Camp Reece is, St. John said 'I can't choose one. I guess just the different experiences and people you meet there, but it's just all so amazing.”
St. John already has met the requirements for her Silver Cord hours, thanks to volunteering at Camp Reece.
FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) is one of the organizations St. John is a part of during school, advised by Jane Koch. She serves as the secretary, which means she takes notes, writes agendas and sends emails out to all of the members. The group has many projects, like the Mini Dance Marathon and Waypoint volunteering. They also go to competitions and compete once a year at state level. If any of them make it into the top three, they get to compete in nationals. There are different types of competitions participants can enter into, things like adjective tests, presentations and interviews.
This year, St. John is taking Intro to Business and doing a case study on hospitality management.
Student Council is another one of the organizations St. John takes part in during school, which is advised by Kristen Brady. They host the blood drives and plan activities that go on throughout the school.
'One of my favorite parts of being in Student Council is the state conference because I get to learn different ways to help our community and school, while meeting new people as well,” St. John said.
St. John is the epitome of what a North Cedar student should be.