SOCASTEE, SC (WMBF) - Seventeen-year-old Alexys Dawson was nominated for WMBF News' 'Student Spotlight by her sister, who says Dawson is making a difference in the community.
Alexys was surprised to learn she had been selected saying being recognized is not something she's used to. "I was shocked because I usually don't do stuff like this. I'm not too outgoing; I kind of stick to myself," she says.
Alexys isn't involved in after-school activities, but she works a part-time job almost 20 hours a week after school at the Ocean Lakes Campground. She also gets straight A's in school and she has volunteered as an assistant volleyball coach to elementary students.
"I like coaching the little kids and seeing them learn. I actually ran into one outside of volleyball and she was begging for me to come back. I like being a role model," Alexys says.
Her desire to make a difference is shaping her future goals. After she graduates from Socastee High School she plans to possibly work with children. "I'm so indecisive. My latest thing I would say is after coaching I found that I really have a passion for helping kids learn so I really want to become a teacher."
But before she heads to college, the 17-year-old says she'd like to backpack around the world. Until then, she's just focused on being the best Alexys she can be.
"I just really want to help people, help anyone I can and change people's lives," she says.