Volunteering ‘opens up new doors’

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

Langley Fundamental's Cassi Sauer.

Langley Fundamental's Cassi Sauer.

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.

Getting involved in a multitude of activities is a great way to broaden your horizons.

“When you become involved, it opens up new doors,” explained Sauer.

“I want to be involved with lots of different things. I feel like having a community connection and building relationships with people are very important.

“You should be able to be involved in as many different aspects, I think that is important.”

Sauer, a Grade 12 student at Langley Fundamental, definitely keeps herself busy.

She plays soccer — both at school and at the club level with Langley FC Alliance — and volleyball, but took this year off from the latter and instead served as an assistant coach on the Grade 9 team at her school.

Sauer has won the school’s Principal’s Award as well as the outstanding effort award every year since Grade 8 while maintaining an A average.

And away from school, Sauer keeps just as busy.

She is a member of the Langley 4H Beef and Swine Club and also teaches Sunday school at Fort Langley Evangelical Free Church. And Sauer has spent the past two summers as a counsellor at Camp Qwanoes.

She also went to Nicaragua in January with her school on a humanitarian trip.

Sauer plans to attend SFU and study to become a pharmacist.