Name, Age: Caroline Williams, 17
Accomplishment: Williams is an active volunteer.
Key to Awesomeness: While many students relaxed during spring break, Caroline Williams traveled overseas to help others.
The Rancho Bernardo High School senior traveled to Haiti with Friends & Family Community Connection (FFCC), a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing food and outreach to people in San Diego County and abroad.
While in Haiti, the 17-year-old helped build an orphanage and taught people how to use water filters, she said.
“It was a really great opportunity that I got to take,” she said. “It was a really hands-on experience in changing people’s lives.”
Williams began working with the nonprofit through Fight Against Hunger, a club at her school that is committed to packaging and delivering food to people in need in San Diego County, Haiti and Tanzania. Williams is the club’s fundraising coordinator.
In addition to her work with FFCC and Fight Against Hunger, Williams volunteers as an after-school aide at Highland Ranch Elementary School. On the weekends, she volunteers at Villa Pomerado, a convalescent care center.
“I realized that I want to help others for the rest of my life,” she said.
After graduation, Williams plans to study nursing at Seattle University.
“I just really like being able to help others in any way possible,” Williams said. “In a career, I feel like that’s really important for what I want to do. As a nurse, I feel like I can do that every day.”