Ketevani maintained straight A's all year, contributed 233 volunteer service hours, and made 48 cultural presentations. Choir concerts, swim meets, academic decathlons, and Key Club activities make up the rest of her school involvement. She earned a trip to New York City after being selected by World Link for their Public Achievement Leadership Program, during which she visited the United Nations and attended workshops on grant writing and pursuing funding opportunities for her planned alumni projects. Ketevani volunteered at community events and festivals throughout her year. She spent one cold February day adding fresh paint to a building at Spirit Horse Equine Rescue.
Her Global Youth Service Day project – an appreciation day for residents of a Dinuba, California senior center – was a heart-warming success. She handed out gift bags filled with games and necessary items and closed the gap between the older and younger generations when she and 11 peers spent the day learning the life stories of 12 of the senior center’s residents. To top it off, she gave the elderly a physical copy of their legacy to share by compiling their stories and turning them into a book. The book was also a gift to all the organizations who contributed to her project’s success. The local church sponsored the book printing and donated items for the gift bags. The library donated coloring books and hung flyers. The fire department donated $50. Her culinary class held a bake sale for more donations. The art club decorated the gift bags. Elementary children drew photos and wrote letters to each resident. Her Key Club and French class peers volunteered their time to interview the residents. In total, Ketevani had over 100 people contribute to her project!
Ketevani said her project and her experiences during her year helped her gain self-confidence, become stronger and more independent, and follow her passion to benefit her local community.