Evergreen Park junior puts the ‘extra’ in extracurriculars
BY CHERYL DANGEL BARTOLINI Correspondent September 7, 2012 12:26PM
Kelly Shine, who attended the Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership Camp this summer at Loyola, poses at Evergreen Park High School, where she is a junior, in Evergreen Park. | Matt Marton~Sun-Times Media
Updated: October 11, 2012 6:01AM
Kelly Shine sure lives up to her name.
Glowing with success is what the Evergreen Park High School junior seems to do in all of the activities she’s gotten involved with since she embarked on her high school career.
Shine, 17, jumped into extracurriculars from the get-go. As a freshman, she was a member of the international club, student government and principal’s advisory. She performed in the school musical, and she played varsity soccer and freshman volleyball.
Shine now enjoys mentoring incoming freshmen and hopes they can learn by her example and get involved.
Shine’s hard work and enthusiasm got her noticed. She was named English Student of the Year as a freshman and received the Mustang Pride Award for her work in Spanish class, as well as the Mustang Award for soccer. She was president of her class both as a freshman and as a sophomore.
It was during her sophomore year when Shine joined the freshman mentoring program, which is fast becoming the cornerstone of her high school career.
She also garnered more accolades from her teachers, culminating in them nominating her to attend the Hugh O’Brien Student Ambassador Leadership Camp this summer.
“My brother attended the camp, and I thought, ‘This is my chance to go and meet new people,’ ” she said.
The camp was held on Loyola University’s Chicago campus for a weekend in June and was dedicated to teaching leadership skills to participants.
“I was really honored that they chose me to attend,” said Shine, a straight-A student.
This summer, she volunteered at the Evergreen Park Public Library to fill her up idle hours.
Now starting her junior year, Shine is looking forward to working more with the freshman mentoring program.
“I like it because I get to work on my leadership skills, meet new freshmen and help them be comfortable in the school while meeting new people,” she said.
Her track record indicates incoming freshman might benefit from following in her footsteps.
“You need good mentors,” said Shine, who in that regard relies on her parents, Kim and Jim Shine, of Evergreen Park, and her brother, Nick, 21.
“My parents are both really strong people, and I like being around them a lot. We have a really good time together and enjoy each other’s company,” she said.
Her brother attends the University of Illinois.
“He is a really good person and he is a leader also. He is really funny and he makes me laugh a lot,” Shine said.
After high school, Shine plans to pursue a college degree in graphic arts and business or advertising.
“I’ve liked to draw since I was young. Now I like the business aspect, too,” she said. “I am intrigued by the idea of creating something to help others, and I admire the techniques people use when they advertise something to you.”
What keeps Shine motivated? Her drive to constantly improve.
“I’m always working hard,” Shine said. “I want to know I did my best.”