Kids! of the Month
Amazing Kids! is proud to highlight the Amazing Kids! of the Month!
month, we showcase kids who are accomplishing amazing
things. We hope that by telling their special stories, we will inspire
other kids to accomplish their own amazing achievements.
Amazing High Achieving Sisters, Sarah and Anna Schwab; Orcutt, California
Quotes of the Month:
“One goal of the Tree Amigos is to give kids like us the confidence and opportunity to impact their community in ways they never thought possible. If we can achieve great things now, who knows what we can achieve in the future.”
~ Sarah Schwab, age 14
“Always try to succeed, and never give up. If you do give up, then you will not succeed with any project you might have.”
~Anna Schwab, age 12
July's Amazing Kids! of the Month:
Physician Sir William Osler had once said “To know what has to be done,
then do it comprises the whole philosophy of practical life.” Amazing
High Achieving Sisters Sarah and Anna seem to be doing just that. Not
only have they achieved high academic success, they are also now giving
back to the community by forming an organization that works to promote
more trees in their city. Or as we like to say here at Amazing Kids!, "They're not only
smart--they have a heart!"TM
Amazing Kids! is pleased to present to you the inspiring story of Sarah and Anna Schwab from Orcutt, California, our July Amazing Kids! of the Month. Read about them and may be you'll be inspired to achieve more in your lives and to give back to your community.
And don't forget, if you, or a young person (or persons!) you know, has an amazing project you are involved in, or a special skill, talent or ability you want to tell the world about, be sure to let Amazing Kids! know about it! Teachers are invited to nominate their entire classroom and the amazing projects they are working on too! Simply complete a nomination form for an Amazing Kid! of the Month award, or email us!
The Birth of Tree Amigos
Sarah Schwab came up with the idea to form Tree Amigos when she was looking for ways to give back to the community. “I decided Orcutt needs more trees.” she says. Her sister Anna readily joined her. After all her favorite quote from 19th Century American Folk Hero Davy Crockett was “Be always sure you are right, then go ahead.” Sarah and Anna are now trying to stop major retail development of a county open space. They want to see a commemorative tree grove instead. They have worked hard to gather 1000 signatures in just 20 days.
Now, they are ready to go before the Santa Barbara County Planning Commission, and Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors with their proposal. Tree Amigos has been a learning experience for both Sarah and Anna. “One goal of the Tree Amigos is to give kids like us the confidence and opportunity to impact their community in ways they never thought possible. If we can achieve great things now, who knows what we can achieve in the future.” says Sarah.
Great Academic Achievements
Tree Amigos is not
their only accomplishment. Home-schooling has given them a chance to be
flexible with their schedules and get more practical exposure compared
to a traditional classroom setting.
Both sisters are
gifted academically. Sarah had scored a perfect 12 on
essay at the age of 13. Sarah and Anna both are members of The
Home-School Honor Society. Both
have been taking classes from Stanford University's
Education Program for Gifted Youth (EPGY)
for two years now, and both
have earned straight A's. (EPGY is an ongoing
research project at Stanford University dedicated to developing
computer-based multimedia courses for students of high ability.)
With the dream of one
day becoming an "ethical CEO," Anna is preparing for her future career now by working with her mentor,
the former CEO of a large San
Francisco Bay area construction company.
A gifted writer, Anna's story "The River" was published in the Spring
2007 of Creative
Kid's magazine. At age of 12, she has already scored a 720 on the
writing portion of the SAT (97th percentile of all college bound
seniors), and scored 11 on the SAT essay. She also scored a 690 SAT
math and a total SAT score of 2020 this year.
Sarah's favorite author and role model is J.R.R. Tolkien and is in fact planning to start a "Tolkien Club" at the Stanford EPGY High School. She says “ I Love fantasy books, and am crazy about The Lord of the Rings. My love of trees was inspired by The Lord of the Rings. I tend not to be interested in the things most girls are interested in. I am usually serious, and I love cinnamon rolls.” Sarah's hobbies include cooking, swimming (she swims everyday in the summer, and will be taking Jr. lifeguard classes with Anna this summer), running, knitting, writing, reading, and collecting classic books (she already has 123).
Anna, on the other hand admires Margaret Thatcher and Louisa May Alcott. Her favorite authors include Louisa May Alcott, C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien and Cynthia Voigt among others. She loves track, soccer, basketball, knitting, reading, playing on her Gameboy, math competitions, working on logic puzzles, and collecting shoes.
Their future goals? Sarah wants to become a corporate attorney and, practice law in the UK. Anna wants to become a CEO in New York, or Silicon Valley, then stay home and raise a family, and ultimately go into politics. And finally Anna's advice for other fellow students: “Always try to succeed, and never give up. If you do give up, then you will not succeed with any project you might have.”
To learn more about Tree Amigos, send an email to: TheTreeAmigosofOrcutt@msn.com
Article in Santa Maria Times: http://www.santamariatimes.com/articles/2007/06/25/news/centralcoast/news04.txt
Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth website: http://www.cty.jhu.edu
Stanford University's Education Program for Gifted Youth (EPGY): http://epgy.stanford.edu/
National Honor Society for Homeschoolers (Eta Sigma Alpha National Home-School Honor Society): http://esa.homeeducationpartnership.com/
SAT Test Information:
About SAT Reasoning test: http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/sat/about/SATI.html
About SAT Subject test: http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/sat/about/SATII.html
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