The PSC/Bonner Leader application consists of a cover letter and resume.

The PSC/Bonner Leader application consists of a cover letter and resume.
In a one-page, single-spaced cover letter, applicants should communicate why they are applying to the program and why they are an ideal candidate based on their experiences, skill sets, and passions.In a one-page resume, applicants should include their contact information, activities, awards, and community service experiences.
The Six Common Commitments

The Common Commitments were written and decided upon by Bonner students-the Congress Representatives, who continue to ensure their integration in their campus programs. These common commitments play a key role in uniting Bonners of diverse passions and interests in making change. These commitments are crucial for making us a coherent community. We believe that all Bonners are committed to:

Community Building
We establish and sustain a vibrant community of place, personal relationships, and common interests.
Spiritual Exploration
We explore personal belief while respecting the spiritual practices of others.
We respect and embrace the many dimensions of diversity in our private and public lives.
International Perspective
We develop international understanding that enables us to participate successfully in a global society.
Civic Engagement
We participate intentionally as a citizen in the democratic process, actively engaging in public policy and direct service.
Social Justice
We advocate for fairness, impartiality, and equality while addressing systemic social and environmental issues.

Committed to the belief that an education includes both fostering students’ intellectual growth and developing them into socially responsible citizens, President Harris created the Presidential Service Corps (PSC) program in 2002. Since then, the PSC has grown to include up to 60 students per year. In 2007, the Presidential Service Corps partnered with the Corella and Bertram F. Bonner Foundation to further develop student civic leaders at University and form the Presidential Service Corps/Bonner Leader Program (PSC/Bonner).
Students in the PSC/Bonner Leader program commit to serving 300 hours of community service per year. In addition, students participate in training and enrichment activities that help them develop skills that propel them along the Bonner Foundation Student Developmental Model. The epitome of our core values in action, the PSC/Bonner Leaders are a distinguished group of students who live, learn, and work together, devoting themselves to responsible citizenship and inspiring others to do the same.

To attend a highly selective University, where I can further my education and gain significant life experience, while enabling myself to reach my long term goal of completing Law School and serving others through my education in Political Sciences and International Relations.

I am a well-rounded and suitable candidate for College, because not only do I work hard to excel in academics, but I have also demonstrated active participation in every aspect of my school and community. All of my efforts are intended to make a positive impact on an ever changing society.

High School empowers young men and women to become faithful citizens and to develop in all aspects of life: spiritual, intellectual, moral, emotional, social and physical.
High School graduates continue their education and carry with them a guide for Catholic Christian living: vibrant faith, respect for human dignity, strong belief in the values of family, promotion of justice, service to community and country, and the desire to make a positive difference in society.
High School is enriched by a legacy of Catholic tradition spanning four generations. We draw strength and inspiration from our past as we make an exceptional Catholic education available and accessible to our future leaders.
My 1st marking period progress report:

• A+ AP English Literature and composition

• B+ AP Psychology

• A American Government and Current Events

• B+ Honors Philosophy

• A AP Environmental science

College Prep
? AP Environmental Sciences
? Honors Philosophy
? AP Language
? AP Composition
? AP English Literature
? Honors Algebra
? Honors Trigonometry
? American Government/Current Events
? AP Psychlogy

? Gloucester Township’s Principal’s Award
? The President’s Academic Excellence Award
? National Junior Honor Society
? Peer Mediation Leader: The goal is to move from mutual blame toward a solution acceptable to all parties
? Religious Education Teacher (volunteer)
? Religious Education Summer Camp Organizer and Instructor (volunteer)
? Forensics/Public Speaking: Winner of The Camden Diocesan Bishop’s Cup
? Varsity Swim Team Captain
? Varsity Swimming
? Varsity Track
? Varsity Cross Country
? Photography Club Co-founder
? History Club Treasurer
? Girl Scout Life Experiences (organized hiking, camping, swimming, retreat activities)
? Girl Scout Silver and Bronze Awards
? Swimming Instructor
? CPR/First Aid Qualified

I was born with a very rare blood disorder, Hemoglobin Zurich. The disorder causes red blood cells to prematurely break down as they pass through the spleen. When I am healthy, the effects are manageable and include anemia, elevated reticulocyte counts and slight jaundice. However, whenever I get ill, including from the common cold, many complications arise. My spleen becomes enlarged, the jaundice becomes more severe, petechia (bleeding under the surface of the skin) emerges and in extreme cases, my blood disorder requires hospitalization. Last spring due to a virus of unknown origin, I experienced the worst case scenario for my blood disorder, resulting in a hospital stay of nine days. During that time my bone marrow stopped producing completely and my blood wasn’t carrying enough oxygen. I was constantly going through tests and scans while hooked up to fluids and oxygen. At one point I was a day away from a bone marrow biopsy and blood transfusion. Thankfully, my bone marrow started to function and my counts slowly started to improve,
My health has been an issue, but I have never allowed it to become a disability. But even though I am lucky to have lived a normal life, my condition has shaped who I am in some important ways. When a problem arises, I see the issue for what it is and what it can be. I calmly and rationally think about what the outcomes can be and decide the most reasonable route to get to the best possible solution. Having lived with such a unique disorder has allowed the way I respond to others and stressful situations. I understand deeply that everyone can have problems in their life and that they may need the help and guidance of a friend to help them get through. For instance, two years ago, my best friend’s cousin was hit by a drunk driver and thrown seventy feet through the air. Ever since then she has been in and out of surgeries, paralyzed and unable to function or ever live on her own again. My friend felt like the world was over and that nothing could be right again. I was there for her, understood how she felt and walked her through every step of the recovery process. I was even there to help and support her for the first time she visited her cousin in the hospital, and I continue to this day to visit her cousin with her and help her see the bright side of every situation.
My blood disorder is not the only thing that is rare about me; unlike many other people my age I have always known what I wanted to do as an adult: practice law. This might have been understandable if one of my close relatives was a lawyer, but that’s not the case. I think my attraction to law is related to my inherent passion for knowledge, debate, argument, and analysis. Public speaking is a thrilling experience for me. I enjoy prepping myself to be the best that I can be. Being able to get up in front of people, giving speeches, performing skits, debating…I enjoy it all. I am hard-working, determined and organized. I set my own goals and strive to be the best that I can be.
I want to pursue a double major of political science and international relations. Politics has always been an interesting topic to me. During this year’s election I closely followed political developments in both parties. In my American Government and Current Events class, I am challenged and involved in many debates everyday with different political stands and analysis’ of what is going on in the world around us. My political science classes will not only allow me to learn more about a topic I love, but will prepare me for my career in law.

My interest in international relations stems from my interest in people. Learning about new cultures and the customs different people have has always been interesting to me. Not only that, but interaction between people is something I like to observe and take part in. Studying and working in global issues, such as war, poverty, disease, democracy and trade will grab my attention and fuel my passion for working with people. Being able to take part in and see the way different countries act with each other is something that I would enjoy doing.

Along with my interest in how people act, I enjoy being able to help others as well. I have spent my whole life volunteering my time and working with my family’s parish. I have always aided teachers as well as filing and doing office work. I have even volunteered my time, to teach kindergarten children every Saturday on my own. I am willing to give my time to help the betterment of my community.


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