BW’s Lindsey Adams CSCC Teen of The Week
For The Sunbury News
Lindsey Adams leads with a quiet strength. The Big Walnut senior admitted to being a little shy, but that does not stop her from taking on leadership roles in various school organizations such as president of student council, German Club and Leo Club. She is also president of the senior class.
Taking advanced placement courses in calculus, German, literature, government and politics and American history, she also usually has either a meeting or a volunteer activity almost every day of the week.
Senior year has so far given Lindsey “no time to stop and think.”
Yet she embraces her lifestyle that began when she was in the 8th grade and she first applied for student council. She said she knew when she started high school that she had to get involved in certain things.
“I put my foot in the pool, got a taste of leadership, and each year took on more,” she said, eventually becoming president of the various groups.
Even with all the other activities, Lindsey said that student council is “my thing.”
Really enjoying the group, she sees the activity as the one she has grown the most in. Viewing herself as shy and an introvert, “it pushed me out of my comfort zone.” Today she sees herself as a leader.
“Looking back, it was the best decision I’ve probably made,” she said.
Lindsey participated in sports when she was younger, something her parents encouraged her to do, playing basketball and volleyball from sixth grade through her freshman year.
“I was never really into athletics. I’m OK, but not great,” Lindsey said, noting she just was not aggressive enough.
She participated in cross country her sophomore and junior years, where she found the team aspect was a little different.
“But this year, I’ve decided I’m done with sports. I decided to focus on clubs, get my priorities straight,” she said.
Yet as busy as senior year and her life has kept her, she admits to being ready for something new. She is looking at attending either the University of Chicago (where she has just been accepted), Ohio State University or Wellesley College. Chicago is her first choice where the school offers a good economics program.
Aside from wanting to live in a city, Lindsey also finds Chicago “so forward thinking. It pushes you to think outside the box. I like that, to think outside box. I like to be challenged.”
She likes Wellesley for the way the school builds up women to succeed and “you gotta love the OSU spirit.”
Lindsey decided on economics as she has always liked politics, “even when I was little I liked learning about the presidents,” she said. And with today’s political climate, she thinks the area will be good to enter.
“I also like math,” she said. She added she is not certain what direction she will go but could end up working on someone’s campaign or as a reporter for a news agency analyzing economics.
“I’m looking forward to seeing where it takes me,” she said. “I’m keeping my options open and will see where I go.”
Angie Stooksbury, English teacher and student council advisor, said Lindsey is “simply amazing! Lindsey is top notch. When I think of a student who pushes herself academically, it’s Lindsey. When I think of a student who is involved in her school, it’s Lindsey. When I think of a student who reaches out to serve her community, it’s Lindsey. She is truly special. This is my 20th year of teaching, and Lindsey definitely stands out as being truly special. I really can’t begin to say enough about her. Simply amazing!
Georgia Craig is Lindsey’s German teacher.
“Lindsey is a very dedicated young woman,” Craig said. “While she strives to make the most of her academic opportunities at Big Walnut, she has also been active in many aspects of serving her community.”
Craig went on to say that Lindsey has been very active in the German program at Big Walnut.
“She is a member of Delta Epsilon Phi, the German Honor Society, and she is the current president of the German Club. She lived in Germany for a month during the summer through the Friendship Connection and has been active teaching German at local elementaries. It has been a pleasure to have been able to work with her for the last four years.”
Lindsey spoke of her German experience.
“I found myself starting to dream in German,” she said, admitting her first week in school there she was overstimulated with being immersed in German.
She said she would consider minoring in German which with economics as a major, could possibly lead to a position with the United Nations or in Germany.
But until then, Lindsey’s “big thing is community service.” Whether it is working on the senior class gift, helping with Breakfast with Santa, tutoring math or fundraising for the American Heart Association, Lindsey gives it her all. She even has her own fundraiser for ALS, which her grandmother died from when she was in elementary school. Lindsey has raised $3,000 in the last four years through yard sales and fundraising letters for the organization.
There is also the work through her church where she helped rebuild parts of New Orleans this past summer and attended the National Youth Gathering.
Lindsey offers the following advice to underclassmen.
“Don’t pigeonhole yourself to be a certain kind of person,” she said. “Be open-minded, and take it all in.”
Lindsey is the daughter of Nadine and Mark Adams of Sunbury.