CLASS OF 2013

Class of 2013: Hammond senior serves her community

May 25, 2013 

Hannah Alexander

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    Through May 30, The State will run a series of Q&As with some Midlands high school seniors representing a range of interests — from athletics to academics to service — reflecting on the past four years and looking ahead. And beginning May 29, watch for snapshots and photo galleries from public high school graduation ceremonies at thestate.com/

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Hannah Alexander

School: Hammond

Graduation date: May 25

We understand you have a passion for community service. Tell us about that.

Alexander: My grandmother first introduced me to community service at her church. I was around 7 or 8 when I helped my Nana take communion to people that couldn’t come to church because they were in nursing homes or in the hospital. From then on I’ve tried to make it a part of my life. I think it’s easy to get involved and it can be really fun.

What kinds of organizations and/or service projects are you involved with?

Alexander: I’ve volunteered with the Salvation Army soup kitchen as a community service project with my volleyball team. I was a mentor with Hope Worldwide, an organization that provides mentors to children in an after-school program. Most recently I’ve been a part of my school’s Harry Potter Club’s Patronus project. Club members visit with veterans at the VA nursing home and talk with them about their favorite memories.

Alexander:

Any one project stand out as one you’re particularly proud of?

Alexander: Not particularly. I’m happy to be involved in all the projects I’ve been a part of.

Tell us about your plans after high school.

Alexander: I’m attending Yale in the fall and hope to pursue a degree in economics. After that, maybe law school.

What song sums up your high school years?

Alexander: “Heavy Light” by Dr. Dog, because it always puts me in a good mood.

If you could only keep one object from high school for a box of treasured possessions, what would it be?

Alexander: My lucky pencil case because it’s lucky.

What’s the biggest life lesson you learned from a teacher?

Alexander: AP physics is the hardest class I’ve taken so far, and my teacher definitely taught me the value of hard work and mental toughness.

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