GIRL OF THE MONTH: Carrie Smith
Carrie N. Smith, of Indiana, was named the December Girl of the Month for the Junior Women’s Civic Club.
She is the daughter of Bradley and Deidre Smith
Carrie is serving as secretary of the Student Government Association. She is a member of the Relay for Life Club and participates in a mentorship blog for students. She is a member of the National Honor Society and the Quiz Bowl Team.
She received the NAACP Scholar Athlete Award in junior high school and the President’s Community Service Award and has served as team captain in Moody’s Mega Math Challenge.
Carrie is a three-year varsity volleyball letterman, earned second-team all-section honors her senior year, and earned a letter as a varsity baseball manager. She also played on an AIVA travel volleyball team for three years
She was featured in The Salvation Army Red Kettle Kick-Off video promoting youth volunteerism and was an Indiana Junior High School nominee for the Prudential Spirit of Community award.
Carrie was accepted into and attended the 2016 Young Women’s Institute at Indiana University, Bloomington, Ind.
She attends the Summit Church in Indiana, volunteers at Torrance State Hospital and as a shopper for patients at Torrance. She is employed at the Book Nook in Indiana.
Carrie worked as a volunteer for one week at Give Kids the World in Kissimmee, Fla., and as a counselor for three years at Summer’s Best Two Weeks Christian Camp. So far, she has volunteered 950 hours during her lifetime.
Since 2008, she has raised $3,184 for The Salvation Army’s Treasures for Children program through making and selling crafts.
She served as team captain for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Fundraising Walk for four years and has raised $4,384. In order to raise money for charity, she also designs and creates jewelry made of beads, polymer clay and other materials.
In her free time, she enjoys activities that challenge her brain such as assembling jigsaw puzzles and solving logic problems. She enjoys reading books, magazines and articles. She frequently goes to the gym to work out and participates in yoga within studio classes, with a school group and on her own.
She loves playing board games with her family.
Carrie plans to attend a four-year university and double major in a business program and neuroscience. At the completion of these two undergraduate degrees, she plans to continue her education in medical school. Within medical school, she wants to focus on the brain and psychiatry and one day work on making advancements on how the brain works and the causation of different psychiatric illnesses.