|High School||John "Jake" Kessler|
|50yd free||50m free||100yd free||100m free||200yd free||200m free||400m free||500yd free||800m free||1000yd free||1500m free||1650yd free|
|50yd breast||50m breast||100yd breast||100m breast||200yd breast||200m breast|
|50yd fly||50m fly||100yd fly||100m fly||200yd fly||200m fly|
WIAA State championships participant
I love swimming and I'm competitive. I have swam competitive club since I was six years old, So I don't remember not swimming! Swimming also helps keeps me academically more focused.
Member 9th-12th grade | Co-Captain 11th-12th grade | State Competition Participant
Leadership for Jr. Varsity swimmers, setting example and keeping them informed of our schedule of events and prepared for meets, raising team spirit. Relay team State competitor three years and a goal to attend this final year.
My Leadership/volunteer experience for family, and how it has impacted me:
June 2018-Sept. 2018
I spent this past summer on construction in my father’s steel shop. It’s a 50’ x 100’ pole building. At the beginning of the summer it was an unfinished steel structure. I took the initiative to start up construction on the building project that had sat idle for many years. I installed all of the insulation, which is double layered in the walls and in the ceiling. I installed the wall boards and ceiling boards using a man-lift. I painted and installed light fixtures and electrical outlets. It was hard and rewarding work. My goal was to get the walls and ceiling up. I met my personal goal. My father has been working on the completion of this building for ten years. He has had many setbacks and his old shop is leaking badly. It was very important to me, to help dad get into a better building this winter. Working on the new building also inspired me to want to take over my father’s Auto Body Business. I gained many new skills as a bonus.
• West Valley Missionary Church
30-45 minutes per plow, Dec. 2015-current
Provide voluntary snowplowing for my neighborhood church, West Valley Missionary Church. My father taught me to plow when I got my driver learner permit at age 15. I plow for them when we have snow.
• Humane Shelter-Dog Walking
20-30 min., Oct. 2018
Volunteer dog walking at the local Humane Shelter in Yakima.
I donated dress clothing for less fortunate women to apply for a job. I included bathing items such as mini shampoo and lotion bottles and soap. I also donated children’s books for moms who cannot provide them to their children. Reading to young children is essential in helping them learn to read.
• Mission Donation
I delivered homemade pumpkin bread loaves to the local Mission for homeless. They were very grateful. I plan to deliver food once a month. I wish I had started this tradition years ago.
• Skate for Change
Co-founder of this campaign to generate socks for the homeless in need
Sept.-June 2015 9th grade
My friend and I founded this campaign at the High School to raise change and new or lightly used clean socks to give to the homeless. We delivered the socks to the homeless people via skateboard in the Yakima Valley.
My community service efforts are important, because I can aid others in need. I like to pay it forward. It makes one feel worthy if they help others out. I have everything I need, and cannot imagine how rough it would be to be to struggle through life without the necessary basics.
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