FHS service club wins competition


Members of the Fishers High School Students in Action Club. Top, from left, Isabella Schott, Grace May, Mandi Nielson, Claire Schnefke, Elissa Tam, Gillian McCann, Olivia Strobel and Tyler Webber. Bottom, from left, Hannah Nguyen, Anthony Tam, Mackenzie Webber, Mackenzie Miller, Izzy Alexander, Meg Gibson and Kara Van Dyke. (Submitted photo)

Members of the Fishers High School Students in Action Club competed at the March 8 Central Indiana Jefferson Awards Spring Competition. FHS hosted the event.

“Students in Action is a student-run community service club in which students create their own projects based on their own passions and the needs of the community around them,” senior Olivia Strobel said. “They lead the projects themselves.”

The club debuted in 2016 and has already completed more than 10 service projects, including collecting 5,300 cans of food for the hungry in Hamilton County; donating nearly 6,000 books to veterans and local schools; creating 103 care packages for the Indianapolis homeless; sending nearly $8,000 and 100 items to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico; and making 465 art kits for patients at Riley Hospital for Children.

The winning HSE students advance to the national competition July 27-29 in Washington, D.C.

“There are two components to the competition,” club sponsor Eduardo Torres said. “There is an essay section. It’s 34 survey questions, and then the presentation. It’s all very structured. It’s all geared back to what level of engagement you have in your community and what level of impact you put on your community.”

The students describe how their particular club is structured and then discuss their service projects.

“We are set up like a nonprofit business, so we have our six on the board and then we have committee directors that run the projects,” junior Grace May said. “Then they have their committee underneath of them. It gives us the experience of how a nonprofit works in case we want to go into that area later. We talked about our different projects and what we’ve learned from them.”

Club members aren’t slowing down. They have already completed one service project for next year and have several others planned.


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