This is one in a series of stories about members of The Gazette’s Best and Brightest Class of 2005.
While some teenagers think about the latest fashions, dating and cramming for tests, Allison Carrick focuses on volunteerism.
Student council. Leadership committees. Student mentor. The Woodland Park High School senior has traveled to all seven continents and plans to return to a poverty-stricken region to help people less fortunate than she is. “When you see people starving or living in conditions Americans think are appalling, it really opens your eyes,” said Carrick, 17. “It makes me wonder what I could do later in my life.” With a 4.0 grade-point average, Carrick has excelled in school and activities. She has served as class president since the eighth grade, and she is now student body president. Carrick has helped organize several schoolwide programs such as Drive Smart, which teaches teenagers the importance of being safe drivers. She is most proud of getting her student body involved with El Pomar Youth in Community Service program, which teaches leadership skills. She wants to be a military attorney. But no matter where her career takes her, Carrick hopes to be stationed in a place where she can make a difference in the community. “It’s inspiration for community service,” she said of her travels. “It makes you appreciate what you have. That’s what I want in life.” CONTACT THE WRITER: 476-1669 or firstname.lastname@example.org ALLISON CARRICK Woodland Park High School Parents: Tom and Ellen Carrick What’s next: University of Notre Dame on an Army ROTC scholarship. She’ll study international business and law. If you could travel back in time and change one historic event, what would it be and why? “I wouldn’t change anything. Human beings must live and learn. Something should and can be learned from all events in history. We should focus on what’s to come and invent our future.” Other stuff: Get R!EAL Colorado youth movement against tobacco; North Teller Build a Generation community coalition; New Principal Selection Committee student member; volunteer for Colorado Festival of World Theater; Student Council; National Honor Society; Key Club; El Pomar Youth in Community Service program.