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Paige Donovan: Inspired Leader

(Shelbyville, Kentucky)  Paige Donovan is a Senior at Shelby County High School who is truly an inspirational leader. Her list of achievements and activities is long and full of quality and service.  For example, she serves as Senior Class President, Beta Club Secretary, is a Shelby County ATC Student Ambassador, a mentor for Link Crew and Rocket Games, was a member of the Lt. Governor's Entrepreneur Program at Georgetown College, received the Shelby County Youth Salute Leadership Award in 2018 and is ordained as a Junior Deacon at the Eminence Christian Church.

She participates in many acts of service for her community. At SCHS, she registered over 50 teen voters.  She served at the voting polls for the past two elections. She worked with the Freinds of Grove Hill cleaning the older head stones in the cemetary. She has volunteered at the local hospital and a nursing home. Moreover, she leads bible school at her church, ushers at the Shelby County Community Theatre and performs historical reenactments. 

While all of this already sounds outstanding, the list continues. One of her biggest roles is that of the revitalization of the Interact Club at SCHS.  Interact clubs are connected to local Rotary Clubs.  Students ages 12 -- 18 work with local leaders. Interact clubs organize at least two projects every year, one that helps their school or community and one that promotes international understanding. Rotary club sponsors, mentors and guides Interactors as they carry out projects and develop leadership skills. 

As president of Interact for the past two years, Paige worked to promote a coat drive. She worked with a local ministry led by Joseph Lamb to help those in need of warm winter coats. 

"I participate in Interact because we're a club of service and I love that we are able to give back to the community.  I love the opportunities we're give to work out in the community."

Paige works at the Shelbyville Library. Working in a public facility she noticed many people who did not have warm coats on cold days. One was a little girl who often wore a robe as a coat.

Paige explained, "There's a man that comes into the library that I've kept in mind through the whole drive. He lives at Colonial Hall and is so sweet. I prayed that we would be given a coat that would fit him.  We were given an LL Bean coat and it was his size.  I gave it to him today." 

She was so happy that the gentlmen enjoyed his gift of a coat. "He put it on immediately and has been showing everyone.  It almost made me cry it was so sweet." 

Paige doesn't believe that school is just about academics.  "School gives students many opportunities acadmically but participating in all the clubs I participate in gives me and many others the opportunities to serve our community." 

The next goal of the Interact Club is to raise money for the Rotary Scholarship fund and a canned food drive for the backpack program for SCPS. "In March, we are attending an Interact conference where we will get to meet other club members from all over the state and we will be packing bags for the JCPS backpack program."