The 18th century French philosopher Denis Diderot said, “Only passions, great passions can elevate the soul to great things.” Describe one of your passions and reflect on how it has contributed to your personal growth.

"BANG! BANG! BANG!" I slam the gavel on the desk to get everyone's attention. As I sit in front of the High School Site Council, full of administrators, teachers, students, and members of the community, I call the meeting to order. Serving as the President of the Torrey Pines Site Council is just one of my many leadership tasks. At the conclusion of the meeting, I rush over to the tennis courts, where I, as the Varsity Team Captain, hold a preseason practice. The next day at the football game, I don the heavy, plastic and feathered suit that transforms me into Freddy the Falcon, the spirited school mascot. Concurrently, I am on the phone calling various venues for the senior prom I am organizing. Taking on all of these responsibilities has been a challenge; however, it is a challenge I am devoted to, and because of it, I am not just a student at my school, I am an integral part of my school.

Ever since the fourth grade, when I first ran for office in the Student Council, I have been leading my classmates. I look back to those years, remembering the nervous excitement I felt when I explained to my classmates why I was the best candidate. I also recall my feelings of pride and exhilaration as I stood on the school...

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