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Life lessons along the way
by Garrett Valenzuela
Mar 11, 2013 | 5262 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Selena Campana
Selena Campana
SPARKS — As a young student, the choice to join high school clubs can come with some apprehensiveness. They place added pressure on students and require a major time commitment and sacrifice.

However, these clubs come with rewards. For Reed High School sophomore Selena Campana the rewards have no end in sight. Though Campana has only spent a year or two in her several clubs, she said the workload keeps her plenty busy and active in the community.

Campana participates in Leadership, where she sits on the community service committee, Student Council, Raiders Reaching Out and Eco Warriors inside the school. On the outside, she volunteers for the Northern Nevada RAVE Family Foundation and the Nevada Early Intervention Services, which both aid children and families living with disabilities.

“I started doing (the RAVE Foundation) last year and I had never worked with kids that had disabilities so I wasn’t sure what to expect,” Campana said, “And that has made me appreciate my life so much because there are kids who can’t tie their own shoes. It has really opened my eyes.

“I think it is really important to help people in your community because I know everybody doesn’t have what you have. I just like helping people. I think it is really beneficial because you get to take in the different experiences and learn different things from them. You really appreciate what you have.”

During her community service in the Leadership class, Campana said she and her classmates have donated to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the Children’s Cabinet and the Children’s Miracle Network. She said Leadership offered a small surprise when she first came on board, but she does not regret the decision.

“I wasn’t expecting it to be as much work,” Campana said laughing. “I think it has helped me grow a lot in planning for all these different events.”

Campana also participates in the H.O.P.E. Academy, preparing students who wish to enter the medical field upon graduation. She admits that she was contemplating a medical career when she entered high school, but said enduring the H.O.P.E Academy has only strengthened her desire.

“At first I was kind of thinking about going into the medical field, but now I am absolutely sure that is what I want to do,” Campana said. “We have done suturing, dissected a sheep heart and sheep brain and we also went on a tour to Renown to see everything there. It’s really interesting.”

Campana said she plans to study Urology in college and said her goal, or “dream school,” is to attend the University of California, Berkeley where she said the location and landscape are perfect.  She said the chance to learn more about the human brain would only amplify the chance to help people on a daily basis.

“I just think the brain is one of the most interesting things and there are so many different parts to it,” she said. “Being a doctor alone would be great because you are helping people, but I think Urology would be the most interesting thing.”
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