Achol is a junior scholar with the Boys Hope Girls Hope Academy at Aurora Central High School. Born in Egypt, she has watched her parents migrate to a new country, learn a new language, work incredibly hard, and fight to make a new life – all with incredible discipline and tenacity. The character they displayed has admittedly had a profound effect on her.
She is a conscientious student and the list of organizations and clubs she is a part of is very long. Passionate about her sport, she is a varsity volleyball player and describes her love of that community. She is also a part of Student Leadership, ROTC, the speech and debate team and recently she was awarded an internship with Women’s Wilderness.
Due to the pandemic, the volleyball season has been moved to the spring and many of her other club meetings are currently held online. Fortunately, at this time, she does have the opportunity every Friday to head to Women’s Wilderness where she helps mentor young girls.
Achol strongly believes in giving back and she makes it a priority. She is the community service coordinator for her squadron in ROTC and works directly with Food Bank of the Rockies to schedule their group visits. Denver Rescue Mission, Cafe 180, the Denver Dream Center, Bessie’s Hope and the MuckFest for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society are just a few of the organizations she provides service hours for. While the current guidelines prevent her from volunteering on-site, she still finds the time to gather up her younger siblings and walk to the local park, where they help her pick up litter and keep it clean. Did I forget to mention she also watches after her four younger siblings? Impressive.
When asked how she continues to seemingly conquer this new normal and remain on track, she said she relies on her planner, as well as listening to how she is feeling. If she begins to feel overwhelmed, she will try and cut back her schedule. But she remains loyal to her commitments, which takes a lot of discipline. But don’t think it’s all easy, there are plenty of Saturdays where you will find her working on Speech and Debate. But watching her parents over the years, that discipline has been instilled in her. Achol also has the team at Boys Hope Girls Hope to keep her on point. She feels like she can talk through anything with the program team and that it is an incredible support system to have.
“One of my favorite parts of Boys Hope Girls Hope is that I’m very close to my fellow scholars, and we’re never alone in what we want,” says Achol. “I’m surrounded by others that share my values and my goals and that has been very important.”
Her objective of a college education is never far away. She dreams of attending either Colorado State University or the University of Colorado Boulder. She eyes the medical field or perhaps architecture. It’s clear that this scholar will achieve whatever she sets her sights on.