Ordinary Teens Doing Extraordinary Things- Shannon Davis

Shannon Davis

School: Centerburg High School

Parish: Saint John Neumann

Parish Involvement:
I have been an active member of the high school youth group for the last three years, a member of our youth leadership team for the last two years and I frequently help with middle school activities such as fun nights and summer camp.

Service Performed:
I frequently help with middle school activities such as summer camp and fun nights and helped out with parish activities like fish fries and mulch sales. I attended Blest Week Ever, a week of service in the Columbus area, last year and am planning on attending again this year. I volunteered at the Shane Center for Therapeutic Horsemanship regularly for three years.

The Importance of Service: 
Community service is one of those things that every high school student feels like they just have to do in order to strengthen their college applications- but what is it that is so important about community service? Giving back to your community has benefits beyond the possibility of helping to get into your college of choice, many of which you may never see. Serving others provides not only physical necessities but also spreads hope. Hope is what keeps people going on the tough days, what keeps people strong and alive in the faith. Through your actions and the spreading of hope, you are also able to spread and strengthen the faith in those who are struggling. Giving back to your community also improves and preserves the community for future generations. So, not only are you helping the current generation directly, but you are also indirectly helping the next generation and the next. Community service benefits not only the community, but also benefits the giver by building self-confidence and providing priceless life lessons. Additionally, the are countless places throughout the Bible that tell us to serve others. James 2:15-17 says, “Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,’ but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.” In John 13:34-35, Jesus says, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” Matthew 25:40 tells us, “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.'”

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