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Gazette Premium Content BEST & BRIGHTEST: Pine Creek High School senior proud of work to help others

by Ellie Cole Special to The Gazette - Published: May 3, 2013

This is the last of 20 profiles of The Gazette's Best & Brightest Class of 2013.

Courtney Pool loves the traditions and the competition of sports.

'I have always been a huge fan of sports, ' she said, although she doesn't consider herself athletic and doesn't play sports.

She does, however, intend to study athletic training.

'I love helping people, ' she said.

Pool has helped people in many ways during her high school experience, and said one of her proudest accomplishments was a recently-honored DECA project.

'When it comes to business and leadership there is no better student than Courtney Pool! ' her college and career counselor, Stephanie Cornelio, wrote in a letter of recommendation. 'While Courtney is known in our school and state-wide DECA community for her commerce savvy, she is also a dedicated volunteer and active citizen. '

Pool's DECA project, titled, 'Stayin' Alive at Pine Creek High, ' placed in the top 10 in the nation. It included a week-long campaign at her school that ended with a community-wide mass CPR Training.

On the first day of the campaign, all 1,500 students at her high school learned about cardiac arrest. There was also a mock emergency, a video that taught students about hands-only CPR, a blood drive, and a powerful assembly at the end to encourage the importance of being organ donors.

Then, on Saturday of that week, there was a training for the community on the skills of hands-only CPR.

'I have learned a lot through the experience of planning and implementing 'Stayin' Alive at Pine Creek High,' ' Pool wrote in an essay. 'I always knew, but never quite believed, that anyone can make a difference, no matter how young they are or how much power they have in their community. Now I wholeheartedly believe in that philosophy. '

Pool is sad about leaving Colorado Springs for college in Oklahoma, but said it will be good for her to have a little change.

'It will really help broaden my views of the world, ' she said.

When Pool isn't helping people in her many areas of expertise, she loves snowboarding, riding horses, hiking, listening to music, and just being outside.

She said she always hoped someday to be able to be one of the students honored by the Gazette's Best and Brightest.

'I'm really honored. '

Courtney Pool

Pine Creek High School

Parents: Meredith and Jeff Jensen

College: Oklahoma State University

Other: Principal's Honor Roll, Spanish National Honor Society Treasurer, 7th Place International DECA Finalist, Prudential Spirit of Community Award- Distinguished Finalist, Daughter's of the American Revolution Good Citizen's Award.

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