Hello! My name is Kamila Carter. I am currently a freshman at El Capitan High School. After high school, my goal is to attend a 4-year university. I live with my mom, dad, and younger brother. Growing up, I was immersed in many different cultures. My dad was born and raised here in San Diego, and my mom is from Mexico. In addition, both of my parents are Deaf. So, I grew up communicating in English, Spanish, and American Sign Language (ASL). In kindergarten, I was enrolled in the Chinese immersion program at Riverview International Academy. I have been learning Chinese and Chinese culture ever since.
Having such a diverse background has been very eye-opening for me. It has allowed me to see situations from different points of view. I am a strong advocate for learning languages. I think it is beneficial in so many ways. Not only do I see myself using it in my future career, but it has already opened so many doors. I am involved with the San Diego Confucius Institute. I have participated in their Chinese Bridge Competition multiple times and have received first-place prizes too. Also, I have emceed at the San Diego Confucius Institute’s Six Art Performances and other events using Chinese, English, and ASL. By participating in all these events, I have not only been able to practice my public speaking but have also been able to meet many new people. In 2018, I entered an essay competition, hosted by Confucius Institute US Center. I was chosen to be one of ten people in all of the US to be a People-to-People Honoree. As a People-to-People Honoree, I am able to share my Chinese Language, journey, and experiences. As well as, hear the experiences and opportunities of others. Throughout the past few years, I have been able to travel abroad to China; specifically Beijing, Chengdu, Linyi, and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. During my travels abroad, I was given the opportunity to experience everything that I was learning in my textbooks, in person. Traveling allowed me to enrich myself in Chinese culture.
Aside from learning Chinese, I am also a lacrosse athlete. I joined the lacrosse program at my middle school in 7th grade and have played since. I have also played for Coronado Lacrosse Club. Currently, my high school does not have Girls Lacrosse. However, we have set up a Girls Lacrosse Club program, which I am the vice president of. The hope is to soon become a club sport on campus. Playing lacrosse has given me a great community, and lifelong friendships. It also allows me to take a break from school and other activities. I am also on a competitive cheer team. I have done competitive cheer since 4th grade. There are many different parts to cheer, and a lot of hours are spent in the gym perfecting each skill. Being a part of a cheer team has shown me how to work with others and be a leader. I have met many friends and coaches throughout my many years of cheer. I cherish each relationship I have built in both cheer and lacrosse.
Most of the time, you will find me diligently doing school work. I work very hard to earn good grades. I was Valedictorian at my middle school and have earned all A’s in high school so far. My goal is to graduate as Valedictorian Honors Student with a triliteracy seal. I currently have a 4.714 GPA and am ranked 5th in my class. Ever since I was little, I have always strived for perfection. My grades are important to me, as I know that it will affect my future. I hope to attend an ivy league school, like Yale University, where I could take ASL classes to become a licensed interpreter and major in international relationships. In high school, I plan on taking honors and AP classes, and play lacrosse.
Growing up with Deaf parents has made me face many challenges, but I have also been able to be a part of a wonderful community. Ever since I was little, I have interpreted for my parents at restaurants, stores, or any other outings. I have been given lots of responsibilities, which have allowed me to be very independent. Having Deaf parents is a blessing and I would never change anything. My parents and their background have shaped me into the person I am today. I am forever grateful to have wonderful, supportive parents, who push me to be my best. However, money has never come easy for us. I have many goals and activities I wish to accomplish. I would hate to put any financial stress on my parents.
Your sponsorship would help me in so many ways. I could pay for my AP tests and school supplies. This includes a laptop, scientific calculator, textbooks, and more. A sponsorship would also help me continue to stay active and participate in the sports I love. I would buy a new lacrosse stick, bounce back, and cleats. Not only could I buy lacrosse equipment, but I could also attend summer camps and join lacrosse clubs to further my lacrosse skills. Cheerleading is expensive and takes a toll on my parents finances. Your support could also help me continue my cheerleading journey. I plan to continue to work hard during my next few years at El Captian. I would greatly appreciate your support in any way to help me achieve my goals. Thank you for taking the time to get to know a little more about me and I hope you consider me for a sponsorship.
If interested in giving a “hand up” to Kamila or another “at-risk” student like her please contact Grace Jo @ firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.