Riggs, a 16-year-old student-athlete at Sparks High School, is immersing herself in more clubs, organizations and sports now that she has established a year in the school. While working through her second-year classes, she is actively involved in the school’s ROTC program and said it is exactly what she is looking for in a platoon.
“I kind of like the quality of it and that it has people who are like me. It was more set and straight and it was not a lot of goofing off because that is how I am, I don’t like to goof off,” Riggs said. “(Sparks High ROTC) was exactly what I wanted in the first place. It was something I sort of picked up and I liked it last year so I wanted to continue it this year.”
Riggs is also enrolled in a newly formed club at Sparks High known as the Key Club, a community service driven group that is currently organizing projects to conduct in Sparks. Riggs said the club will allow her to focus on her passion and future of helping the people around her.
“I wanted to kind of get out of the house and make a difference because that is what I want to do when I get older — make a difference,” she said.
Though she has plenty of time to discover what she would like to do and where she would like to attend college, her early choice is to head to Michigan for college to study criminal justice. She said she is “in between” a couple of choices for a career, but said becoming a criminal prosecutor is her dream job for the time being.
“I have always kind of been interested in making a difference and taking people off the street kind of thing,” Riggs said. “(Inspiration) comes from people around me. I see how they are treated and I want to be able to help them out. That is the kind of strong ethics I like and I want them to do better. I just see everything around me and I just want to change that because I hate it and I see people go down from it. Just making it better would mean a lot to me.”
Riggs said it is her ethics that keep her focused on community service, her academics and her participation in ROTC. She said being able to manage her many commitments and piles of homework comes through discovering when her brain works best.
“When I get home, I kind of rest a little and maybe take a walk or something to relax,” she said, “And then at night is when I like to work on my homework because that is the time when I feel I can work best.”