Chelsea, 2007

February 13, 2018

I am a first year member of Excellence Girl's Club. It is my pleasure to share with you some of my experiences during the past year. When I first was asked to become an Excellence Girl's Club member I was uncertain if I should be a member because of all the things I heard about the club, but I thought I would give it a try. I had the opportunity to participate in the car wash where I met a few of the girls and felt really comfortable. So, I started to attend regular meetings, but still was unsure what to expect from the other members.

The following month I had the opportunity to go on the senior retreat which was a great experience with the cramped log cabin with at least 10 other seniors, 3 small beds, with plenty of food, stories and fun, where I really began to open up. From then on, the every Thursday meetings I began to talk, joined the mentorship, and really felt the connection with my sisters.

Another outing we went on was the beach house retreat in North Carolina. There we had a lot of fun and did things that we will be taking to the grave, and I really got closer with my sisters. If it wasn't for you girls opening up your hearts to me, I wouldn't have had a great senior year. From your words of encouragement and advice, to the descriptive poems you shared, to wearing the pink shirts around school, I really felt like I was part of something great, a real sisterhood.

Last but not least I want to thank the sponsors especially Mrs. Madison. I want to thank you all for all of the things you have done for me, whether in the club, at school, with your words of encouragement, letters of recommendation, or with your honesty (whether I wanted to hear it or not). It has made me a better person. I will think of all of you as I take the first step in pursuing my dream.