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Amazing Kids! of the Month

Amazing Kids! is proud to highlight the Amazing Kids! of the Month!

Each 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 Kids! of the Month for July, 2007:
Amazing High Achieving Sisters, Sarah and Anna Schwab; Orcutt, California

July Amazing Kids! of the Month: Sarah and Anna Schwab
Amazing Sisters Anna (left) and Sarah Schwab


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:

Canadian 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!


Table of Contents

Amazing High Achieving Sisters, Sarah and Anna

  The Birth of Tree Amigos
  Great Academic Achievements
  Hobbies and Other Interests

 Related Links


Amazing High Achieving Sisters, Sarah and Anna:

Amazing Kid! of the Month: Sarah and Anna Schwab
 
Amazing High Achievers, Sisters Anna (left) and Sarah Schwab

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.


Amazing Kid! of the Month: Sarah and Anna Schwab
Participants in Stanford's Education Program for Gifted Youth,
Amazing Sisters
Anna and Sarah Schwab

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 SAT essay at the age of 13. Sarah and Anna both are members of The National 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.)

Anna, meanwhile received the State Award from John Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY) for two years in a row.
(CTY conducts the nation's oldest and most extensive academic talent search and offers educational programming for students with exceptionally high academic 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.

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The Schwab Sisters, Amazing Kids of many talents and interests...

 
Hobbies and Other Interests

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


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Related Links

Article in Santa Maria Times
Article in Santa Maria Times: 
http://www.santamariatimes.com/articles/2007/06/25/news/centralcoast/news04.txt

Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth websiteJohns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth website:  http://www.cty.jhu.edu

Stanford University's Education Program for Gifted Youth websiteStanford University's Education Program for Gifted Youth (EPGY):  http://epgy.stanford.edu/

Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth websiteNational Honor Society for Homeschoolers (Eta Sigma Alpha National Home-School Honor Society): http://esa.homeeducationpartnership.com/

About SAT TestSAT Test Information:


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