Some college applicants find it difficult to piece together a truly thorough and diverse academic and extracurricular resume, but Whiting High School senior Paige Guiden may instead have trouble narrowing her astounding range of experiences to fit within the limited space at hand.
A standout student (honor roll and winner of the President’s Academic Achievement award) and athlete (varsity volleyball), Paige added to her impressive curriculum vitae in June when she was chosen along with four classmates to travel to Indiana State University to represent Whiting at Hoosier Girls State, a weeklong government program designed to educate future leaders in the duties, privileges, rights and responsibilities of U.S. citizenship.
“This program was definitely a life-changing experience,” she says.
Now with school once again in session, Paige is back on the volleyball court with the Oilers, back on the beat for the school newspaper and back in the swing of a variety of activities including French Club, the Science Olympiad and the National Honor Society. She’s also in the early stages of planning a follow-up to one of the more successful and passionate endeavors she’s ever spearheaded — last year’s anti-bullying week program at Whiting, which featured a school-wide survey, daily activities and a guest speaker.
“Through the week, I hoped to increase awareness and hopefully make WHS a safer environment for all students,” she explains. “I plan to continue advocating for this issue and have a week this school year similar to last year's that will focus more on creating a positive self-image for students.”
In the meantime, she’ll continue to manage her myriad activities during her senior year with an eye toward a future at Purdue University and beyond.
“I would absolutely love to own my own business one day, and eventually fulfill my lifelong goal of starting a nonprofit organization for cancer awareness and a scholarship foundation.”