Each year since 2001, the National Youth Council of the American Red Cross has selected one high school student to receive the Navin Narayan Scholarship which is presented upon completion of studies.
The $1,000 scholarship is named for Navin Narayan, who was both a Rhodes Scholar and a Harvard graduate. He was a high-achieving student as well as a dedicated, compassionate and innovative American Red Cross volunteer. Navin served many roles in the American Red Cross, including National Youth Council Chair. Tragically, at the age of 23, Navin succumbed to cancer.
The scholarship is presented to a Red Cross youth volunteer who has emulated Navin’s legacy of academic excellence and service to community.
The 2014 scholarship was awarded to our own Waverly He, a senior at Mountain View High School in Vancouver, Washington.
Waverly became a Red Cross volunteer during her freshman year in high school. As a senior, she serves as the president of the Southwest Washington American Red Cross Youth Council, as well as an officer in her Red Cross club at Mountain View High School.
As a Red Cross volunteer, she served as a blood ambassador/drive coordinator for community blood drives; was instrumental in leading the Youth Disaster Services committee in raising more than $5,000 for Red Cross Disaster Services; and facilitated the planning and organization of this year’s Red Cross Leadership Development Conference for area high school students.
Throughout her high school career, she participated in many Red Cross youth committees and has been a Youth Council member for three years.
She is also the current Mountain View HS Key Club President, served as Underclassmen Representative, Vice President, and worked on several committees. She has helped communicate and coordinate Key Club activities with other organizations during the Relay for Life and a talent show that benefited Doernbecher Children’s Hospital.
In addition to her Red Cross work, Waverly volunteers at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center. She started as a newborn child photographer in the Family Birth Center during her freshman year. Since then, she has progressed to other tasks, including filing paperwork and data entry. Currently, Waverly is shadowing cardiology and family medicine physicians during their rounds.
Academically, Waverly achieved a perfect 2400 SAT score and holds a 4.0 grade point average in all her classes at Mountain View High School. She has focused on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics classes (STEM) taking several advanced placement courses.
She qualified in the second tier of the American Invitational Mathematics exam, was named as a science scholar by the American Association of University Women, Vancouver, and participated in the Science Bowl and the Science Olympiad for her school.
In January, she served as a panelist during the 2014 Clark County Economic Breakfast which was attended by approximately 500 local business and political leaders. Waverly was a featured speaker during the “Voices of Our Youth” breakout session at this event.
Waverly is an accomplished pianist and was a finalist at the 2011 Ten Grands Concert in Portland. She has been a member of her high school swim team as well.
Waverly said she applied for the scholarship, not so much for the financial reward, but because she became aware during her high school career that youth have the power and capabilities to accomplish much good.
Upon receiving the scholarship, Waverly said she has tried to emulate Narayan by inspiring others outside of academics to be innovative, to be willing to try new things, and to broaden the demographic appeal of the Red Cross. Waverly says she gets the most satisfaction from mentoring others, encouraging them to become leaders, and watching a new generation of leaders develop from among her peers.
Waverly plans to attend Harvard University this fall, working toward a degree in medicine. She sees the role of a physician as another opportunity for her to make a positive contribution to the local community.
Congratulations to Waverly! Everyone at the SW Washington Red Cross chapter is VERY PROUD!
SW Washington Media Team
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