Congratulations to Olivia Conrad, this week’s Summit Award Winner. Conrad is a senior at Sheridan High School with a cumulative GPA of 4.0. She is a member of the National Honor Society, has received an academic letter each year in high school and volunteers for various organizations including Special Olympics, the Sheridan County Museum and Poetry for Life, among others.

As a volunteer for Poetry for Life, Conrad visits retirement homes and recites poetry to the residents. She enjoys being able to spend time with the residents and loves seeing the happiness the visits bring. When it comes to volunteering, Conrad feels that, “so many people do things for you as a high school student. It’s important to be aware and to give back.” She strives to make the world a better place and tries to live her life by the following quote from Howard Zinn: “[W]e don’t have to engage in grand, heroic actions to participate in the process of change. Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world.”

Conrad has also played volleyball for the Broncs her entire four-year tenure at Sheridan High School and is a team captain. She enjoys playing as well as coaching volleyball. For the past four years she has coached at the Little Champs Volleyball Camp and during her junior year was a coach for AAU volleyball.

In addition, Conrad has competed for the SHS indoor and outdoor track teams for the past two years. Her competitive nature drives her success.

Conrad plans to attend college in the fall and while she is not sure what she would like to major in, she is very interested in both math and Spanish. Math is one of her favorite subjects in school because it “blows her mind how applicable it is to everyday life.” She is fluent in Spanish, having completed AP Spanish her junior year.

Conrad nominated her Spanish teacher Alison Vold for the “Outstanding Teacher” award, and while she only had Vold as a teacher for two years, “she has had an impact on my life all four years of high school.” She looks up to and admires Vold for her willingness to always help, her passion for education and her positive attitude and outlook.

Vold has a similar appreciation for Conrad and finds her to be “capable, conscientious and dedicated not only to achieving high grades, but also to understanding concepts and principles and being able to use them.” Vold has seen first-hand Conrad’s compassion and kindness. “She will do great things,” Vold said.

Conrad is the daughter of Andrew and Susan Conrad. Conrad values the morals her parents have instilled in her and appreciates their support in all her endeavors. She credits her work ethic and drive directly to her father and views her mother as a role model for kindness and volunteerism.

Conrad loves traveling and is considering studying abroad while in college. During the summers, she enjoys camping in the Bighorn Mountains and has fond memories of their monthlong family travels to the West Coast the summer before high school started. Conrad has also spent time in Costa Rica, having traveled there with her Spanish club as a sophomore. While traveling is exciting, Conrad loves the Sheridan community and hopes to settle down here someday after college.

Conrad stated it perfectly: “It’s a great small town!”