AVA DELLORUSSO - Founder of We the Youth, Officer- RMHS Girl Rising, member of Century Club

Ava DelloRusso is an intelligent, caring and hardworking individual. Many know her for her smile and kindness. Others know her for her dedication to the Reading community. She is passionate about social justice and is always willing to help others. Classmates often describe Ava as “the best student to work with.” Overall she is an incredible friend, student and volunteer, and is worthy of recognition.

Looking back on her years at RMHS, Ava will remember the connections she made throughout high school. The lifelong friends she made are evidence of her memorable time at RMHS. She shares that her time in high school has brought her incredible memories, ones that she will cherish forever.

She shares, “My experience at RMHS taught me a variety of life skills that I will be useful in the real world and set me up for future success. RMHS has also exposed me to a variety of new people and experiences that have helped me to grow as a person.”

Her dedication to her studies is evident in her awards. Ava was inducted into the National Honor Society for her leadership, service and academics. One of her most exciting moments was when she was inducted into the RMHS Century Club. The Century Club is specific to RMHS and is made up of the top 100 students with the highest unweighted GPAs from all four grades. Ava shares, “This was extremely special to me because it was confirmation that my hard work was paying off.”

Her dedication to service and her love of helping others inspired her volunteer work in high school. She helped at the Festival of Trees with ticket sales, and participated in a walk to raise money for cancer research. She also helped at the primary election, and helped paint a mural in the Killam cafeteria.

She has also given a lot of time to clubs at RMHS. Ava has loved being a strong member of the RMHS Girls Rising Club which is a club that has a mission of empowering young women and educating people on the troubles that women face in other countries. This year she serves as a officer which she shares is such a rewarding experience and a memorable honor. Ava is also extremely passionate about being an activist and being involved in a variety of social justice movements. She always wants to help and support people who are discriminated against in any way.

“My hope is that in the future I will be able to make a positive change in the world in whatever way I can.” With this, Ava is a founding member of We the Youth which is a club that has a goal to educate people about the injustices.

Ava has taken advantage of the classes that RMHS has to offer. Her past classes have challenged her, but also proven her academic excellence. Freshman through junior year she took all honors and in addition, Advanced Placement United States History and Advanced Placement Language and Composition. This year she is taking Advanced Placement Government and Politics, Advanced Placement Environmental Science, Advanced Placement Spanish, Honors Pre Calculus, Honors Film and Literature, and Facing History and Ourselves.

Throughout her high school experience, Ava has particularly enjoyed all of her humanities classes. This is in a major part due to the influence of her teachers. Teachers like Mrs. Pray and Mrs. Gleason were an amazing support system for Ava when transitioning to high school during her freshmen year and they are teachers that she continued to visit after the year was over. Teachers like Mrs. Allison and Mrs. Williams became influential to her during her junior year and helped to prepare her for college. Ava thanks them for their dedication to her education and she is grateful for the opportunity to have such inspiring teachers.

Ava shares all of her teachers in general have been particularly inspiring and an influential part of her high school experience. She will remember their guidance, kindness and overall strong relationship with her.

She shares, “I would like to thank all of my high school teachers because in every class I have learned something new and taken away an important life lesson.”

In her free time, she likes to spend time with friends and family, listen to music, and dance. Dancing is one of Ava’s talents and one of her strongest passions. For the past 14 years she has dedicated her time to dance and has loved it so much. Ava also spent time working at Lifetime Athletic in Burlington specifically in the Kid’s Academy. Some of her favorite things she does with her extra spare time is eat her favorite food, mac and cheese or cheesecake while watching her favorite movie, Lady Bird.

Ava is excited for her future and hopes to attend a college or university, planning to major in Psychology. She hopes to combine her interests in psychology and social justice to help people. While she doesn't know what college she will attend, she is excited about the possibilities that are in her future.

As she remembers the special moments and challenging times throughout high school, Ava thanks her friends and family for their support through it all.

“Thank you to my family and friends for always being an amazing support system for me and always finding a way to cheer me up whenever I needed it.”

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