HATFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — Smith Academy senior Alyssa Woodward juggles academics, athletics and charity work, work inspired by a personal loss. Art teacher Julie Muellejans has known her since the 5th grade.
“In Alyssa, what I see is the ability to go beyond what’s asked of her,” said Muellejans.
“I see her walking in ready to take action whether it’s cheering, academics, yearbook editor, she’s on the spot,” said Muellejans.
Not only is Woodward motivated for her own sake, she’s also able to motivate others. As captain, she helped lead the field hockey team to the Western Mass finals. Since the 8th grade, she’s been a team captain for Relay for Life, bringing together other students to raise money for the American Cancer Association.
“When I was four-years-old, my aunt died of cancer,” said Woodward. “And seeing my family suffer, I wanted to help others so that other families don’t have to go through that.”
A personal loss turned into something positive. Woodward, it seems, tries to look for something good, some lesson in everything and everyone.
“What’s different about us is what helps us with each other,” said Woodward. “We can learn from others by what’s different about them.”
Woodward plans to be an elementary teacher.
Student of Character is sponsored by ABC40, The Republican, MassLive.com, American International College, Big Y World Class Market, and Country Bank. In the spring, one of the students will be awarded a four-year, full-tuition scholarship to AIC, a new laptop from Big Y World Class Market, and a savings bond from Country Bank. All of them are eligible for a $2,500 scholarship to AIC.