Class of 2019
1) What grade did you join VINCL?
I joined NCL going into the 7th grade
2) Which high school are you from?
I am currently a senior at Orange Lutheran High School (OLu)
3) Favorite Philanthropy? And why?
I have had the amazing opportunity to volunteer at many great philanthropies over my time in NCL,but what I am most passionate about is the volunteer work that I have done with the children at the Blind Children’s Learning Center. Since I have been twelve years old, I have been working as an assistant counselor at The Blind Children’s Learning Center’s summer camp, and I volunteer at the school throughout the year as well. I have had the opportunity to help the school run fundraising events and I have worked in the classroom with kids in many different age groups. I truly have just loved working with the kids and watching their growth and overall development as they gain the tools needed to be independent and successful in life.
4) Best memories of Vista Irvine NCL?
I am very fortunate to have gone through this experience with such an amazing class of moms and daughters. As a class we have made some great memories and gotten many opportunities to bond. A couple of my favorite memories would have to be the mother/daughter hip hop class we took, the painting class we did with our mentees, and the class sleepovers that consisted of watching movies and late night trampolining.
5) Where are you headed after high school? What will your field of study be?
I do not know yet where I will be going to college, but the plan is to defer my acceptance for a year and spend a year in Israel on a special gap year program.On the program I would be taking a semester of classes at the university in Jerusalem, and second semester I would be spending my time as an aid in an elementary school teaching kids English and working with students with special needs.
In the next chapter in my life – college, I plan to pursue a double major in Jewish Studies and Special Ed. I am hoping to one day create programs for children with special needs in the Jewish community. My ultimate goal is to create a program for kids with special needs to have their bar/bat mitzvah.
6) What advice would you give to a new Ticktocker joining Vista Irvine NCL?
The advice that I would give to new Ticktockers is to be active in their NCL experience. This program is meant to help build leadership and provide an outlet for girls and their moms to give back to their community. Don’t be afraid to speak up and share your ideas with your class, or run for a class position that you want. Volunteer at a bunch of the different philanthropies, but if there is special philanthropy that aligns with a passion of yours I recommend talking with the staff and building a relationship with them and the organization. They can become great mentors and really help to foster your passion.
7) Favorite inspirational quote or saying?
“At the end of the day, it’s not about what you have or even what you’ve accomplished. It’s about what you’ve done with those accomplishments. It’s about who you’ve lifted up, who you’ve made better. It about what you’ve given back.”
― Denzel Washington
NCL Vista Irvine are delighted to congratulate Hannah on her well-deserved OneOC 2019 Spirit of Volunteerism Award, being presented to her on April 24th 2019 during a special ceremony a the Disneyland Hotel.
Hannah was nominated by one of our philanthropies, the Blind Children’s Learning Center, and has been described as demonstrating a “skill, patience, and positive attitude beyond her years, and whose commitment to the BCLC over the past handful of years, in addition to making a difference in the children’s lives, has been appreciated by many BCLC staff members.”