Interview with Olivia Bush | Submitted by Rachel Gunder Nomination & Photography by Selessa Studio
The Nomination from Selessa Studio: “Rachel stared a community service club in her Michigan high school to help others. She also dances and is involved in the national honor society.” What inspired you to start a community service club at your school? I was inspired to start my community service club by a group that my mom is a member of, called 100 Women Who Care. Every quarter a group of about 100 women in my town get together and select a nonprofit organization to contribute to. Each member donates $100, so the organization receives donations of around $10,000. I was so amazed at how great a difference my mom was making when she would get together with this group; I began to wonder if there was a way I could do the same. My friend, Emma Walsh, and I decided that we would start our own version of this at school, called 100 Students Who Care. In this club, we donate our time to better Northville and its surrounding communities by supporting local nonprofit organizations.
Is there a specific focus of the club?
The main goal of 100 Students Who Care is to make a difference in the community by donating our time through fundraising or volunteering. There are so many ways that students can get involved to support those who need help. For example, this past winter, our group decided to support Mittens for Detroit, a nonprofit organization that works to provide mittens and gloves to children and adults in need. At our school, we held a glove drive and had a bake sale to raise money to be donated to Mittens for Detroit. We had a lot of success and were able to play a role in providing people with gloves that they badly needed. Which types of dance do you do, and which is your favorite, why?
As a competitive dancer on a pre-professional company, I take many different styles of dance. Each week I have ballet, turn and leap, modern, jazz, contemporary, lyrical, and hip hop, along with strength and conditioning. Each style has something special that I love, but my favorites would have to be lyrical and contemporary. I love these because they allow me to immerse myself in the story behind the dance and express my emotions through my movement. The best feeling ever is when you’re performing a piece and you just forget about everything else going on in your life because you’re so connected to the movement and the story behind it.
Finally, how do you balance your community service club, National Honor Society, and dance? In my opinion, the best trick to managing so many things on top of school is time management. I am super organized and basically plan out what I should be doing every minute of every day. When you have to dance for 5 to 6 hours a night, club meetings, and volunteering, there really just is no time to procrastinate! Luckily, I have developed the habit of starting my homework right when I get home from school, studying on my breaks at dance, and just using all my time wisely so I can stay on top of everything I need to do.