Mabank graduates speak to PWC members
Posted by : June 22, 2013| On :
Special to The Monitor
PINNACLE CLUB–The Pinnacle Women’s Club welcomed two charming and ambitious young ladies as their June program speakers.
Mabank High School graduates Marisol Gallegos and Hannah Thai described their experiences as co-founders of the Grader-Good Tutoring Program.
The free program is a year-round, student-led tutoring service which has been available for the last two years at the Cedar Creek Lake Library. These two young ladies initiated this service as a DECA project, which is a nationwide club for high school students focusing on the development of entrepreneurial and management skills.
In order to achieve their program’s goals, they accepted advice from retired teachers at the library, prepared lesson plans and recruited other high school students as tutors for two hours a week.
In 2012, their program won first place in the district as a DECA Community Service Project.
The PWC members were delighted and amazed as these two young ladies described their pride in watching young students thrive and even excel in their studies.
Gallegos is currently the local president of DECA. She plans on attending North Texas, majoring in bilingual/elementary education with a minor in international studies.
“My hopes are to study abroad in foreign countries, such as Italy and China, and someday become a public speaker to troubled teens and young adults,” Gallegos said.
Thai was the 2013 Mabank High School valedictorian, and served as president of the local Beta Club, a service club that encourages achievement, character and service.
She plans to attend Yale University, where she will major in economics.
“My mission is to not only help struggling students, but to provide other high school students with a more direct method of serving and bettering our community,” she said.