Bay High senior Alyse Arko.

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Bay High senior Alyse Arko has been a dedicated runner since seventh grade, and it is obvious she has a penchant for running toward many positive and constructive opportunities in her life.

She serves as Bay High’s Class of 2014 Secretary, as well as Secretary for the school’s National Honor Society. She is a co-president for Bay High’s Team Africa (promoting social justice throughout the globe) and serves on her school’s yearbook staff and as a role model for elementary students through Bay High’s HUDDLE club.

Her experience with Bay Rockets Girls Track and Cross Country has earned her varsity letters in each sport, and she serves as a Senior Captain on the cross country team. She is extremely proud of her cross country team’s performance in winning the West Shore Conference championship last year and placing 8th at the state meet in the Division I category.

This year, Alyse was named an AP Scholar, served as Senate Chaplain on the American Legion Auxiliary’s Buckeye Girls State Delegation, received a Rotary Youth Leadership Award as camp attendee, and was elected Bay High’s Homecoming Queen.

Alyse enjoys working with children, and she has much experience babysitting her younger brothers and many cousins. She volunteers at her church’s Bible school and helps to run the Bay Village Kiwanis Garage of Doom, a UNICEF fundraiser held at Halloween.

Alyse enjoys art, and she has won both a regional Gold Key and national Silver Key award in the national Scholastics Arts competition. Though she is not quite sure what her major in college will be, she would like to continue to be involved in art while pursuing a career in some type of “helping career." She is the second to the oldest, and the only girl, of five children of Dennis and Anne Arko. Her dad served in the U.S. Peace Corps, and Alyse would also like to join the Peace Corps after college.

Karen Derby

Director of Communications for the Bay Village City School District

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Volume 5, Issue 21, Posted 10:10 AM, 10.15.2013