Louder Than Words
by LAUREN AIKEN
These four women are extraordinary. They fit the usual scholarship
applicant profiles: good grades, community and university
involvement, volunteer work, numerous awards, full resumes and rave
reviews from colleagues and professors. But there’s more than what
you see on paper. These young women are inspiring leaders, survivors,
role models and passionate individuals with a knack for speaking.
Tell me about the “Spirit of
The campaign is a women’s health
initiative that incorporates a teenage
group of girls called “Spirit Girls.” It
aims to enhance their self esteem, body
image and general health and wellbeing. At our functions, the girls receive
consider myself lucky because I was
merely inconvenienced, but some
people lost everything. The experience taught me not to take anything for
granted, and it showed me that amazing
things can happen when people come
April Van Cleve with her cat Max.
April Van Cleve
CAVETT ROBERT SCHOLARSHIP
SCHOOL: UniVerSi T Y Of SOU Thern MiSSiSSippi, ha T TieSBUrg, MiSS.
MAJOR: SPeech commUNIcATIoN
Who are your mentors?
My mom is my biggest fan and my
biggest hero. She has supported me
through everything I have ever wanted to
do, and I look up to her in so many ways.
What sparked your interest in
When I think about the women in my
family who have been victims of cancer,
I wonder what preventive measures
they might have taken if they knew
their options. Speaking on women’s
health issues is near and dear to my
heart because it touched my family.
informative handouts, share stories and
participate in a Q&A session with the
guest speaker. Sometimes they ask me
questions like I’m an expert, and it’s a
really good feeling to know that they
look up to me.
What is your advice for students
who wish to achieve your level of
Be persistent and aware of existing
opportunities, because no one is going
to wave a banner in front of your face.
There aren’t going to be reminders.
You really have to go and search out
these things. That calls for hard work
How do you prepare for
I like to type my speech and say each
word aloud as I type.
How did Hurricane Katrina
My hometown wasn’t directly affected,
but there was some damage to my
high school during my senior year. I
have never experienced anything like
it before, so it was a reality shock. I
What do you wish you had more
Travel and simple things like family
time. Sometimes I get overloaded with
school work and forget what is really