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SCA Student Heads to Stanford University For People To People
September 1, 2012
Summit Christian Academy (SCA) 8th Grade student Corbin Healy recently returned from Stanford University after being nominated and selected to attend People to People International. Healy was the only student from Missouri to attend the Stanford University program and was one of only three representatives from the Midwest.
People to People International is the world’s most recognized and respected student leadership and service experience. Started by Dwight Eisenhower in the 50s, it spans seven continents and works to inspire students to become tomorrow’s leaders and serving to expand their global awareness. Healy was part of the Leadership Ambassador Program that focused on Service in Action.
Healy was nominated to serve as an Ambassador at People to People by SCA Speech and Debate instructor Anne Mussatti.
“When you first meet Corbin you are instantly struck by the high quality of his character,” shared Mussatti. “Our students look to him for leadership in the classroom in his attitude, commitment to God, service and his compassion for others. Students like Corbin are the reason people like myself become teachers. Someday, this young man will not only be leading at SCA, but he will be a global leader.”
As part of the program, Healy, along with 200 other students, were bused into San Francisco where they served at a local food bank. In only three hours they weighed, bagged, and packaged over 3500 pounds of pasta noodles, which would go to help around over 10,000 homeless people.
“God has blessed me immeasurably,” shared Healy. “To have the opportunity to help so many people truly brings me a sense of satisfaction and joy.”
While at Stanford, Healy was challenged to plan and implement a local community service project. He decided to raise awareness and money for Cystic Fibrosis (CF), a disease he learned about in 3rd grade from a classmate with CF, and at that time he raised $600 for Cystic Fibrosis research. His community action plan received first place at People to People.
“SCA has helped me learn how to communicate effectively with teachers and students from all around the world,” said Healy. “They have taught me to feel comfortable sharing ideas, encouraging others, and leading a group. I learned through this experience that I can make a difference, I can lead others to help make a difference, and there are no limits to what we can do with hard work and a good plan.”
Healy is planning a swim-a-thon and has partnered with the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys (MATA) to conduct an auction of donated items at its annual convention to raise funds and awareness for Cystic Fibrosis.
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