‘Every time I am volunteering, I am growing’

Swensson nominees all excel in the classroom, the community and in their sports field

Aldergrove's Terrisa Inthapanya.

Aldergrove's Terrisa Inthapanya.

A look at the 2015 nominees for the Pete Swensson Outstanding Community Youth Award.

The award is given to a Langley secondary student in recognition of their athletic, scholastic and community efforts.

Terrisa Inthapanya likes to keep busy.

“I like using my downtime to further benefit myself,” explained the Grade 12 Aldergrove Community Secondary student.

“Every time I am volunteering, I am growing, so I like to keep busy and surround myself with positive energies.”

Inthapanya plays volleyball, rugby and basketball, with her skill and commitment earning her an unsung hero award, an all-star award and several most valuable player awards at tournaments.

When she is not playing, she likes to coach, referee and score keeping for other teams. She is leadership and recreation leadership student who have provided more than 300 hours of volunteer service, helping the school and community events such as intramurals and the Breakfast Club.

Inthapanya has served on student council and last year, took part in a volunteer trip to Belize.

She has constantly been on the school’s academic and effort honour rolls since 2011.

“I would say I am very determined.

“Once I have a goal, I want to accomplish it,” she said.

Inthapanya will attend the UBC Sauder School of Business, becoming the first person on her mother’s side of the family to attend university.