Angelina Bayrak

FullSizeRender An excerpt from Angelina’s winning essay:

“Libraries are essential to all of us, and whether it be simply gaining knowledge from reading or using the computer, the library itself acts like a safe haven for most of the people that go there. The library is a place where you can forget about reality and be present in the moment, where you can meet new people and develop new interests through the diverse programs it offers.”

Angelina is a 10th grader at Lake Norman High School, Mooresville, NC.

“Since the beginning of high school, I have been volunteering with the Mooresville Public Library, and I have spent nearly 400 hours of my time tutoring, planning and hosting events for teens and children, shelving books, and helping coordinate the volunteering program at the library. I am involved in the Teen Advisory Board there as well, which plans community service projects for teens in my community and events for people of all ages. At school, I am a leader of Mu Alpha Theta (Math Honor Society), National Honor Society, Future Business Leaders of America (business club), and the Interclub Council. I also enjoy being a member of Student Council at my school. This year, I was also selected as part of Homecoming Court by my teachers and peers, which was an amazing experience to be part of. Outside of school, I spend much of my time practicing synchronized swimming, and have placed in numerous national competitions with my team. In my free time, some of my hobbies include cooking, reading, and writing. “