CARTHAGE, MO.--- The spotlight is shining on a local student who gives her free time to help children, tornado victims and the elderly. Lacy Resa, 18, already has the next six years of her life planned out. She's taking pharmacy tech classes now as a jump start on a pharmacy degree.
"I really love math and science, and so I'm hoping to apply what I like and what I'm good at to something that I can actually help people," said Lacy Resa, Webb City High School Senior.
A busy school schedule that includes softball, basketball and a long list of clubs doesn't keep her from volunteering to help others.
"I like how I have a variety of different things I can do. And one of the most rewarding was probably making blankets for the Children's Haven. I still do that sometimes on my own time. And I did some relief with the Joplin tornado. I did a lot of cleanup with debris that had been spread. I just picked up stuff basically," said Resa.
She also volunteers for Special Olympics, organizes dinners for elderly church members and even worked a hunger relief project on a trip to San Antonio.
"We packed just a lot of different meals that you can take with you in little baggies," said Resa.
Resa's commitment to school, athletics and the community prompted several teachers at the Carthage Technical Center to nominate her for the Missouri Southern Beimdiek Golden Lion Award.
"She's the type of student that makes teaching fun. She's a student that inspires and encourages everyone around her, including teachers, and we're thrilled," said Rhonda Derryberry, CTC Career Teacher.
With graduation just a few days away, Lacy knows she'll have to make some changes, but dropping her community service isn't an option.
"I know I'll have to back off my work load, what I do. And how I say 'yes' and I'll be in this club, but pharmacy school actually looks a lot into community service. That's a really big thing," said Resa.
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