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Sparks High senior packs schedule with variety of clubs
by Garrett Valenzuela
Sep 24, 2012 | 3131 views | 1 1 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune photo by Garrett Valenzuela - Sparks High student Cassandra Grimm has a jam-packed schedule during her current senior year.
Tribune photo by Garrett Valenzuela - Sparks High student Cassandra Grimm has a jam-packed schedule during her current senior year.
SPARKS — Cassandra Grimm can handle it all. From Advanced Placement classes and cheerleading practice to Student Body President and hundreds of volunteer hours, Grimm finds herself always craving a challenge.

The 17-year-old Sparks High School senior has her hand in as many clubs and organizations as she can handle. She said growing up an only child had her out looking for friends and things to do early in life, which has led her to deep involvement in her school.

“When I got to high school, I heard announcements of all these different clubs and I decided I wanted to get out there and do different things,” Grimm said. “I fell in love with it. I like being involved and you meet so many different people. People in my classes won’t necessarily do stuff with Block S (a group for varsity athletes) because it’s sports, so I get a different variety with each club. It’s nice to talk to people about a certain class or about a game and I get a good variety, which is nice.”

Grimm said her AVID class, which is tailored to help students achieve their dreams of attending college, has helped her open doors to opportunities that she plans to pursue in the future. She began volunteering at a daycare inside the church across from her house. What began as a quest to clock mandatory volunteer hours turned into a passion that grows every day.

“I have always loved kids. I love to babysit and be around kids. I volunteered at a daycare for more than 200 or 300 hours and I have gotten a lot of babysitting jobs from volunteering,” she said. “I enjoy working with the children because they are always so happy. I really want to help kids. I have always been the type of person who wants to help people and when I see a little kid struggling with a math problem I just want to help them through it. That’s kind of my goal, to help children and help them be better.”

Grimm said she plans to study education when she attends college and would also like to open a daycare center someday. She has been shopping around campuses like Stanford and University of Arkansas, but said she has yet to make a decision on where she will attend. Being a born-and-raised Nevadan, she said the University of Nevada, Reno is always on her radar.

Grimm’s variety of clubs such as National Honor Society, Block S and Leadership, coupled with varsity cheerleading and track and field, keep her very busy. When asked how she will benefit from the ability to manage time effectively, she said keeping busy is just another way to challenge her.

“I love to be challenged and I think that is going to help because in the future I am going to get challenges and I am going to be able to push forward,” she said. “In college, I think it is going to help me balance things because I want to do the same things in college. In life, I don’t always want to be focused on one thing the whole time. I want to be able to work in other things and be able to have my fun time along with working, manage my time well enough and see what I’m interested in.”

Grimm said she has already faced some challenges that have left her feeling overwhelmed at times. She finds the best method for keeping a level head is to breathe and narrow her focus to what is most important.

“Last year was really hard for me because I had a lot of work in my AP and Honors classes and I was traveling a lot for cheer and track and it got really frustrating, but I just had to sit back and breathe,” she said. “I had to think about what’s important and what I need to get done. I had to focus on my tests and grades because those are really important for me. It was a head game and once I got it in my head that I needed to sit down and work hard, I was able to do it. I did struggle a lot, but I was able to bring myself back up.”
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Doug J.
December 31, 2012
She's a great girl, it makes me smile that she's doing so great. Love you always D.J.B
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