Senior, Notre Dame Prepatory School, Towson
“I love seeing children's faces light up when they see us fellow kids willing to help them. The wholesome and sunshiny feeling inside is so much more beneficial than any materialistic or physical return than I could ever ask for. My energy level completely spikes when I'm serving because seeing the people so receptive to strangers' smiles and hearts truly makes me the happiest person on the planet.”
Abigail Slovick, or Abby, age 17, is currently a senior at Notre Dame Preparatory School in Towson. She is a 2018 member of the all-youth board of advisors.
Abby has supported We Cancerve's Toiletry Drive, Eggstra Special Easter, Be Your Best You Workshop, La Magnifique Boutique and Goals for Grace. She was project leader for the Back-to-School Supplies Drive 2018.
Abby is also an official volunteer for the Barnett-Searing National Cancer Foundation coordinating events around her community and in school to make cards for women with cancer. She has made thousands of cards for the foundation. She serves as the president of her school’s branch of the National Art Honor Society and is a member in the English, Math, History and Science Honor Societies as well. She’s a student leader for a service opportunity in her school called Rafiki which allows for students and young women with developmental disabilities from the community to create bonds that show our similarities and disprove any differences. Through Rafiki, she found her passion and discovered that she want to be a Special Education teacher.
Abby is also a student leader for another service opportunity called Umoja. Umoja allows for children from government-subsidized housing in Baltimore City to experience our lives a little bit through a summer camp with swimming, games, crafts and lots of snacks. Through her work with many of these experiences, she has been awarded the Presidential Service Award at the highest level that her age is allowed to receive. She has also received the Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony award for her work in the humanities and her passion to change the world’s issues.
She began venturing into community service in her freshman year of high school. She had always done small projects throughout elementary and middle school, but none of them were by choice or very substantial projects, she recalls. At her school, service is one of the most prevalent values and is truly available for all students to fall in love with. Not only was she involved with Umoja and Rafiki, she became involved with a few other small activities that her school has found so precious.
For Abby, service is her calling. She says she cannot picture her life without it and it’s hard to imagine the young woman she would be today if she did not have service to lean upon. “Besides serving the community, there is not too much I feel passionate about, nor do I feel is my place. Service, however, is what I am meant to be doing.” – Abby Slovick