Addy Paris and Carlie Kilc are two motivated seniors at Fife High School. Both are involved in high school sports, leadership positions, a variety of clubs, and FBLA of course! Last August Paris and Kilc were still trying to identify what community service project they could conduct for an FBLA competitive event. That month, a beloved member of their community, basketball coach, and a principal in their school district, Principal McCrossin, passed away. Both being as involved as they are, they knew Principal McCrossin well, and wanted to do something. Paris is the ASB secretary at Fife High School and attributes her desire to invest herself into the cause as a by product of her “passion for making things happen”.
Kilc and Paris both played sports and while they never were coached by Principal McCrossin, they respected him and in hearing of his passing, they responded with initiative. “He made such an impact in our community that it felt right to honor him,” Paris recalled. They dove into putting their efforts into organizing a night time, glow in the dark themed fun run. Paris and Kilc decided on a “Hope Glows” theme because they felt Principal McCrossin could “light up the darkest of situations,” and that was how they wanted all to remember him.
The t-shirts and decoration fees were covered by the sponsorship they acquired, which allowed Paris and Kilc to reach their goal of having 100% of the money go towards their local Fife-Milton-Edgewood Relay For Life for the American Cancer Society. Paris and Kilc’s enthusiasm and outstanding community membership took a gloomy situation and turned it into a huge opportunity to bring their community closer together. $2,000 was raised by over 120 race participants. Paris speaks for both girls when she concluded with saying, “It was awesome!”.
As members of FBLA, we associate ourselves with like minded individuals such as Addy Paris and Carlie Kilc, who have demonstrated what it means to be active, upstanding members of their communities and schools. They showed true leadership as they organized their ideas, managed their efforts, and inspired people to get involved with their time and money to donate it freely to their cause. These are the type of members who set an example for us all to emulate, as we strive to push our society forward by providing our leadership beyond just our rising generation. This is what we practice in FBLA now; to develop and enhance the skills and mindset required for such responsibilities we seek to possess in the future, so we can help our communities “glow” a little brighter as it did last August in Fife.
- Andrea Lewis, Southwest VP 2015 - 2016