Ava Huelskamp from Lakota East High School

Ava Huelskamp

High School Senior at Lakota East High School

Cincinnati, Ohio, USA


Last updated December 17, 2020

One Sentence About Me  

There hasn't been a day that's gone by that I haven't smiled.

Who I Am  

A Little About Me

I was born in Atlanta, Georgia but I have no recollection of it due to the nature of my family's moving situation. My dad had multiple jobs and promotions within his company which caused us to have to move around a lot as kids. I'm 18 years old, and I've lived in 5 different houses and 4 different states. After leaving Georgia, my family moved to Wisconsin where my younger sister was born. After two years there, we moved to Boston, Massachusetts where my younger brother and sister-who are twins-were born. After two years there, my parents moved us back to Wisconsin and were done having kids. We stayed in Wisconsin for about 7 years, and I was in school from kindergarten until 6th grade there, so that's the location I have the most recollection of besides where I am now. When we moved to Ohio, I was about to go into 7th grade. It was really hard for me to be in a new state and city and school and know nobody. It probably sounds quite sad, but I didn't have friends for a couple months. I attended this group with a counselor for new kids every week held at my school, but it didn't help foster any lasting friendships. My closest friends at this time were the girls I did gymnastics with. I started the sport when I was only a couple years old and did it until I was about 16 years old. Those girls were my lifeline while I didn't have friends at school yet. Eventually, I did make friends, but my friend groups changed a lot from 7th grade to high school. I had always wanted to do theater, so before winter break of my freshman year in high school, I decided to audition for the spring musical. It was the best decision of my entire life. I continued to do shows and eventually formed some really strong friendships with people in my theater program. I had a huge group of friends who all did theater together for a long time, and we had a lot of fun, but as I got to my junior year this group started to dwindle and I found my real, true friends. Also throughout this time, about sophomore year, I started to grow into Christianity. My family had been Catholic my entire life, but I never really connected with that specific method of faith. A couple of my friends I had made in theater were nondenominational christians and they really introduced me to a side of faith I didn't know existed. I had a lot of personal growths and joys during that time of discovering my faith, and I'm still to this day discovering more and more. I don't think I'll ever be done discovering. Most of my friends were a year older than me and went to college this year while I stayed in high school. During my junior year, I had gotten involved in our school magazine, Spark, and I really threw myself into it. With the absence of my friends this year, I decided to throw myself into it and am now a section editor for the paper. It's been the thing I've probably spent the most time on this year, and it's what made me really consider journalism as a possible major in college. I haven't decided yet, but it's definitely a huge contender. Besides that, I spend a lot of my free time working to save up for college. My family does fine, but college is really expensive, and I'm looking for anything that could help. I currently babysit for 2 and 4 year old boys; taking them to school and swim lessons and playing with them while their parents work, and it's been one of my greatest joys. I also work at a locally owned coffee shop in my area called Cocoon Coffee, and it's absolutely amazing. I love coffee, so that's a plus, but I also just really like the daily conversations I get to have with customers. It means a lot to me. This year I've also been really focused on applying to colleges. I am now done applying, and have gotten some acceptances, but I'm planning on attending The Ohio State University in fall of 2021 in an exploratory major.

Interesting Factoid

I broke my arm when I was one year old by climbing out of my crib


Languages

English

Countries Visited

Map View

Canada

What I Do  

What I Stand For  

Social Causes

Mental Health
Body Positivity
Sustainability
Self Love
Racial Equality
Autism Awareness
LGBTQA+ Community

Non-Profits


Volunteer Experience

Cincinnati, OH, USA

Nov 2017 - May 2019
I was a team captain for Relay for Life teams for three consecutive years. Relay for Life is an organization that raises money for cancer research. This included gathering a team, making sure everyone on the team paid their fees, got their forms signed and turned in, and helping each member fundraise their required $100. My role also included organization of supplies and schedules the day of the event.
Mason, Ohio, USA

Sep 2019 - Mar 2020
I volunteered for two hours every Sunday at my church in Kids Club rooms, which is where parents can send their younger kids for free care while they go to service. We would play with the kids, help them with games, show them videos, and do activities with them until their parents picked them up.

Favorites  

Hobbies

Traveling
Reading
Writing
Photography
Ukulele
Singing
Calligraphy
Coloring
Listening to Music
Learning French

Food & Drinks

Sushi
Cheese
Chicken Tenders
Coffee
Strawberries
Sparkling Water
Hot Chocolate
Caesar Salad
Any Type of Pasta
Carrots & Hummus
Mac & Cheese
Avocado Toast
Egg and Cheese Sandwiches
Smoothies
Cherries
Watermelon
Honey
Ranch

Games

Candy Crush
Solitaire

Music Genres, Groups & Artists

Musical Theater
Christian
Soft Pop
Pop

Lauren Daigle
Riley Clemmons
Pat Barrett
Steffany Gretzinger
Arianna McClean
Lin Manuel Miranda
Cory Asbury
Tauren Wells
Arianna Grande
Beyonce
Bethel Music
Jordy Searcy
Hillsong Worship
Elevation Worship
Philipa Soo
Francesca Battistelli
Ed Sheeran
Ruel
James Arthur
Lewis Capaldi
Frank Sinatra
Ron Pope
Andra Day
H.E.R
Daniel Caesar
Lennon Stella
JP Cooper
Niall Horan
Sam Fischer
Shawn Mendes

Sports, Teams, Athletes

Green Bay Packers
Wisconsin Badgers
Ohio State Buckeyes

Movies, TV Shows, Actors & Actresses

The Help
Hamilton
The Big Wedding
Bombshell
The Wedding Planner
The Proposal
Bumblebee
The Hustle
Booksmart
50 First Dates
Charlie's Angels
Pitch Perfect
Legally Blonde
My Best Friend's Wedding
Notting Hill
A Simple Favor

Lucifer
Brooklyn 99
White Collar
This Is Us
The Bachelor/Bachelorette
The Office
Gossip Girl
Shark Tank
9-1-1
The Bold Type

Jennifer Lopez
Diane Keaton
Anne Hathaway
Rebel Wilson
Charlize Theron
Matthew McConaughey
Cameron Diaz
Drew Barrymore
Blake Lively
Anna Kendrick
Adam Sandler
Julia Roberts

Brands

Amazon
Target
Spotify
Aerie
American Eagle
Lululemon

Bucket List  

Backpack Europe

I want to go someday to Europe with just myself, my passport, and maybe a friend or two. I don't really want to plan out the length of it either, I want to just see where it goes.

Go to Versailles

+13 more items on bucket list

Education  

School

Aug 2017 - Present

Clubs and Communities

Lakota East Theater

Dec 2017 - Oct 2019
I was a participant in musicals and plays both on stage and behind the scenes. I was the props and costumes curator for the International Thespian Society from 2018-2019.

Lakota East Spark Magazine

Package Section Editor

Aug 2019 - Present
From 2019-2020, I was a staff writer for the publication, and currently I am a section editor for the package section. This includes choosing stories, writing stories, helping writers with their stories, giving feedback/coaching, designing my section for the paper.

Academic Interests

Journalism
Poetry
Criminology
Social Justice
Law Enforcement
Law
English
Creative Writing
Social Media
Graphic Design
Psychology
Communications
Broadcast
French

Extracurricular Activities

Community Theater-Royal Theater and Acting Up
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