Meet the 2021 Scholars

Get to know the hopes, dreams, and talents of this year's winners.

Alexandra D.

Undergraduate Recipient

"Living through a global pandemic with a chronic illness, what is one piece of inspirational advice that you would give to other students with CF who are in the same or similar position?"

A month ago, I clicked the big, red, “end call” button on Google Meet for the last time in three classes. When the pandemic started, everything I had built my life upon had ended in one fell swoop. However, I was able to recover from the dramatic change that my life faced. I got a job, I found out what my hobbies were, cooked extravagant meals, and healed my mentality. I felt overwhelmed with happiness a month ago when I got the vaccine. For the first time, I saw hope. I saw being able to see friends again, going to concerts, having fun, and my future unfolding as the prospect of having a traditional freshman year of college was close by. Living with a chronic illness such as cystic fibrosis is an added challenge in our lives. Since I was little, I have been surrounded by doctors, taking responsibility for my health, and having the fear of illness occupy the back of my mind. Living with a chronic illness during a pandemic is just another added challenge. However, people with cystic fibrosis know first-hand how to not only deal with these challenges but thrive with them. Just as challenges have come and gone for people with CF, the challenge of living through this pandemic will also go. It will take some time, but there will always be a light at the end of the tunnel.

Alexandra D.'s Artwork

Alexandra D.'s Achievements

  • Science Olympiad, Captain, 2019-2020
  • Science Olympiad, Coach, 2020-2021
  • Science National Honors Society, Committee Leader, 2019-2021
  • Summer Research Intern at the University of Colorado-Boulder, 2019
  • Broomfield Soccer Club, 2015-2020
  • Junior Varsity Girl's Soccer, 2018
  • Varsity Girl's Soccer, 2019-2020
  • Part Time Job at Sweet Cow Ice Cream, Ice Cream Maker, 2020-present
  • National Honors Society, 2018-2021
  • A Precious Child, Volunteer, 2017-2020
  • YMCA, Leader in Training, 2018
  • Dean's List, 2017-2021
  • AP Scholar with Distinction, 2020
  • Peak Scholar with Distinction, 2021
  • Award of Excellence in Recognition of Outstanding Character, 2017
  • SNHS Community Award for Outstanding Productivity, 2020
  • Editor in Chief of the Yearbook, 2020-2021