Rebecca JohnsonOak Mountain High School Shelby County Rebecca has outstanding community service in excess of 600 hours. She is active in the Christian Service Mission Internship working with churches in the inner city neighborhoods to encourage healthy behaviors and combat the results of poverty and impoverished communities. She also works in the East Lake Initiative remodeling homes to provide housing for families in need, mentoring inner city children, leading vacation Bible school, and cleaning and painting at Barett Elementary School. She teaches music camp, both drums and vocals, encouraging students to use expressive and creative outlets. She participates in fundraising for Grace House Ministries and was the top fundraiser for Relay for Life Terry Team. She also served as the key organizer in her church’s state wide Rejuvenate Conference.Rebecca works extensive hours in an after school program assisting students with homework and recreational activities as well as providing child care for several families.At school, she is involved with P.A.L.S., the French Club, FBLA, Soccer Sweeties, and Peer Assistants and served as the Paragon Yearbook Editor receiving numerous yearbook honors for her layout and design work.Through her work with mentoring and childcare, Becca has discovered a great love and joy working with children. She would like to combine this passion with her lifelong interest in the medical field to pursue a career as a nurse practitioner for children. Becca has worked on mission trips in Costa Rica where she met many families suffering from hardships through medical trauma. She has experienced firsthand the struggles these families encounter when seeking medical treatment for their children. She writes that she tries hard not to take for granted that she lives in close proximity of 5 hospitals and realizes her own medical trauma of managing an Auto Immune Disorder, Lupus and a thyroid condition would be much greater but for the medical access she enjoys.It is her long term goal to move to Costa Rico and work with organizations to create a Children’s Hospital program in that country to meet its children’s needs.Becca will be pursuing her studies in nursing at the University of SouthAlabama.