Every person has an origin story with Big Sunday, but hers comes with a twist. Back in 2013, Lizbeth was a 7th grader at Bethune Middle School, where Big Sunday hosted a school beautification event. Fast forward to 2017, Lizbeth still returns to Bethune to participate in the beautification project, and this year went a step beyond by hosting a lemonade stand for the Big Sunday Emergency Fund. The funds raised by her lemonade stand supplemented the cost of building a ramp up to the house of a physically disabled veteran. Lizbeth has been present at so many Big Sunday events, one could lose count. The one she singled out as her favorite was Spooky Sunday. She, along with the other Youth Board members hosted a Trunk or Treating car, playing games and handing out candy to participants. Her enthusiasm for the event is evident in her quote, “It was so awesome seeing so many people dressed up … I can’t wait for next year’s event”. Lizbeth didn’t have to wait long before being amazed by Big Sunday again. Her most memorable experience came at Thanksgiving where she helped make blankets for cats and dogs, saying “I thought that was so amazing because they even give back to family pets”. Comparatively, we are just as astounded by her dedication, commitment and spirit for helping others in need. Whether it’s collecting books for a drive or pulling weeds in a garden, Lizbeth has been a reliable volunteer with a positive attitude every step of the way. In fact, the affable nature is reciprocated; noting that she loves volunteering at Big Sunday because of all the kind people she meets.
Away from being a commendable volunteer, Lizbeth is an excellent student; being recognized by the National Honor Society at her school. As a member of the NHS, she also volunteers her time at marathons/races and hospitals. Those two activities aren’t by chance, she is an avid runner, enjoying track and soccer and seeking a future career in optometry. With Lizbeth’s level of focus, we don’t see anything stopping her from obtaining her goals. By all standards, she has exceeded expectations and is an exemplary model for youth in action.