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Since the summer prior to her 7th grade year, Averie Hinchey, a Junior at Guymon High School has been volunteering her time to better the community with various organizations.
Before her 7th grade year, she became involved with volunteering with her church, Victory Memorial United Methodist Church in Guymon. She participated, and still does, in their Youth Force, where people from all over Oklahoma come to Guymon and together they all work on peopleâ€™s houses or buildings, such Oakes of Mamre and Loaves and Fishes.
Averie is now the Guymon High School Student Council President and played a vital role, along with her fellow council members to organize the Carnival for a Cure that recently took place on Main Street Guymon.
She said they spent a good amount of time over the summer working to make this event a success.
As far as her inspiration to help organizing Carnival for a Cure as being part of STUCO, Averie said that comes from her sister having breast cancer.
â€śI just want to bring more awareness,â€ť Averie said. â€śWe have just tried to keep making (Carnival for a Cure) bigger and try to get more of the community involved in it.â€ť
Although she is just a Junior, Averie is looking to further her education at Rice University in Houston or Oklahoma State University after she graduates.
Although she will be leaving High School in another year, the volunteer work for Averie wonâ€™t stop there.
â€śIâ€™m looking into doing some missionary work,â€ť she said. â€śMaybe that can be my whole career, or I would still like to do some side missionary work.â€ť
Averie says that her role models have inspired her to step out and do these things that make her an outstanding student volunteer.
â€śIâ€™ve just had a lot of good role models,â€ť said Averie. â€śMy mom, and cousins and sisters, and I just like helping out the community.â€ť
She has a great leadership role and responsibility to hold as STUCO President, and the success that comes from it is what makes her enjoy it all the more.
â€śI just like seeing people come together,â€ť she said. â€śI like seeing people show their strengths. Some people might not be loud, but you can see them doing other things and being involved. I really like that.â€ť
She talked about her time that she has recently spent visiting the assisted living home in Guymon and the joy that these individuals have after just a few moments of a visitorâ€™s time.
â€śThey donâ€™t get to see a lot of young people,â€ť she said. â€śSo I would definitely like to get more people involved. They have great stories and I go and play games with them, a lot of fun games they may have played when they were younger, and I just really enjoy that. They get really excited too. If you go in for just five minutes, they really enjoy it.â€ť
Averie truly enjoys volunteering and the joy that it brings to others, and hopes that more students get to experience that feeling as well.
â€śI would definitely encourage others to volunteer,â€ť said Averie. â€śYou just see happiness on other peopleâ€™s faces that you help.â€ť
Not only is Averie STUCO President, but she is also the Junior class Vice President, is in Show Choir, Speech and Debate and National Honor Society.
She names Mrs. Reynolds and Mrs. Newman as teachers who are very inspirational and great role models for her and other students in the school.
Averieâ€™s appreciation for Mrs. Reynolds is definitely mutual as Reynolds had nothing but compliments for her STUCO President as she said Averie is well organized, does everything asked of her, volunteers for anything and is extremely honest.
Averie is the daughter of Mack and Sharon Hinchey and says her hobbies outside of school include playing the piano, remaining active in her church youth group and spending time with family.
Congratulations to Miss Hinchey for being a recipient of the GDHâ€™s Student Volunteer Achievement Award.
Reporterâ€™s note: Teachers, parents, and community members, I am very adamant about recognizing Student Volunteers in the area to show what great things these students are doing for their communities and to applaud them for their hard work that may otherwise go unnoticed to many. If you have a nomination for a student that you feel has gone above and beyond to volunteer their time for a great cause, contact me by emailing email@example.com or calling me during my office hours, 9-5 Mon.- Fri. at 338-3355.