• Elizabeth Stowell, senior
  • North Springs Charter High School
Elizabeth Stowell

Elizabeth Stowell is no stranger to volunteer work.

Elizabeth’s weeks begin with reading books to Woodland Elementary School students on Monday mornings. On Thursdays, she serves as assistant coach for Sandy Springs Middle School’s girls’ lacrosse team. She regularly volunteers at St. Joseph’s Hospital, too.

“I love the connections you are able to make with the people you help and the gratification that comes with knowing you have made the world a little bit better in a small, special way,” Elizabeth said.

As co-president of North Springs’ Student Leadership Association, she spearheaded the 2011 version of a project that involved students, parents and community volunteers in an afternoon dedicated to community service.

Elizabeth planned the day of student and parent volunteer work, known as “Clubs in the Community,” in order to help North Springs students become more involved in giving back to the Sandy Springs community and, simultaneously, achieve a community service goal specified in the school’s charter.

This year’s combined planning effort by Elizabeth and her co-president Christopher Sandhage led to 2,000 hours of volunteer service – the most in the three years Clubs in the Community volunteer days have been held – devoted to projects including picking up litter throughout the area and painting a mural for children in a local hospital.

Also during her senior year, Elizabeth has served as an intern at Northside Hospital, as Interact Club president, as secretary of the student government, and as the girls’ varsity lacrosse captain.

Elizabeth does admit, however, that she sometimes struggles with time management.

“I micro-manage my schedule a lot of the time. My weekends consist more of meetings than nights out,” Elizabeth said, adding “but luckily all of my friends are involved with my extracurriculars, so we are all in the same boat.”

Elizabeth finds it rewarding.

“The thing I like most about being a leader is learning how to better myself from all the people I work with,” Elizabeth said.

What’s Next:

Elizabeth plans to attend the University of Georgia this fall and to major in science, with a minor in anthropology. “I hope to get involved with student organizations that focus on service and volunteering,” she said.

From there, she would like to pursue a career in medicine, but with a smile jokes, “Can I retire yet?”

–Leighton Rowell