Kim Wymer – Acterman

Larry Acterman Public Education Award

2020-03-18 22:32:29

First-name: Kim

Last-name: Wymer

Address: 12381 Arrowhead St Apt #35

City: Stanton

State: CA

Zip: 90680

Tel-primary: 714-929-9367

Tel-secondary: 714-833-4443


Checkbox-citizen: Yes, by clicking this box, I am self-certifying that I am a United States citizen:

NameofHighSchool: Pacifica High School

Radio-district: Garden Grove Unified

StudentID: 659923

GPA: 4.03

Nameofcollege: Long Beach State, University of California Irvine, University of California Los Angeles, and San Diego State

Season: Fall


Radio-term: Other

Other: Cal States follow a semester system while UC’s have a quarter system.

Activities: As a member of the National Honor Society, I have had to maintain a 3.5 GPA or higher and contribute at least ten hours of volunteer work per semester. I have not only accomplished those requirements, but I’ve also successfully obtained more than 100 total hours of volunteer service through the club. I did so by volunteering at my local senior home, tutoring fellow peers, helping out at the pet shelters nearby, and participating in countless other services. (2017-2020)

The largest club on campus, Red Cross, has encompassed a wide variety of motivations, the strongest of which is to save lives. My peers and I accomplish this goal by arranging volunteer services, fundraising for non-profit organizations, and most importantly, planning blood drives. My club hosts two blood drives a year in Pacifica High School’s gymnasium and has done so for the past decade. Totaling about 300 blood donors per year, Red Cross Club has been able to save many across the nation. As publicist of the club, I have played an integral role in the social aspect of my school and community. By promoting the importance of aiding the less fortunate, I have acted as a catalyst for beneficial change. Although I am a strong believer in rallying donors, I cannot just encourage others and sit back. Therefore, I have taken the initiative to donate my own blood, saving the lives of three others. Through this process and many others as described in my essay, I have transitioned into an example for the rest of my peers. (2016-2020)

Before each statewide election, thousands of Californians sign up to help put on the single most important event we hold in a democracy. These elections depend on reliable, dedicated teams of poll workers to make every Election Day run smoothly. I was one of the selected student poll workers to help out on one of the biggest days in the country. My services included translating in Spanish and Korean and making sure voters were well aware of their rights. The whole day lasted for about 10 hours, but it was definitely a worthwhile experience. (2018)

I have also volunteered for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s for the past 3 years. The Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care and it relies on the generosity and compassion of volunteers. Due to everything the organization has accomplished, I am beyond honored to be able to play a small part in each Walk, and I feel an even stronger connection to their mission because I have a grandparent affected by this fatal disease. I plan on continuing my participation in the event for as long as I can. (2017-2019)

Girl’s League is a nondiscriminatory club that accepts all members regardless of their identity. Its purpose is to provide an environment that encourages students to express their true selves. I have been entrusted with the job of Events Coordinator, where I design bonding opportunities to bring about a safe climate. I once organized a “friends-giving” with Boy’s League in order to eliminate the stigma of males interacting with females. The dinner displayed the interconnectedness of humanity. (2018-2019)

As a tennis player, I practiced long and hard hours, yet still felt physically amazing. I began to realize that the sport should be diffused into the lives of more people so that they too could experience a healthy and happy life. So after my sophomore year of playing Varsity tennis, I started this mission. I began to volunteer at the Stanton City Park, where tennis lessons took place every Saturday. I signed up to teach younger kids and coaching them has now become a passion of mine. Recently, however, I had to leave my volunteer position in order to focus on my academics. (2018-2020)