Collinsville, Illinois – May 15, 2023 – Collinsville High School senior Paulina Gutierrez was awarded a $1,000 Scholar Athlete Award from GO! St. Louis.
Paulina participated in the Kahoks on the GO! club at CHS, running with teachers and students to train for the GO! St. Louis Half Marathon on April 2, 2023. She was chosen for the scholarship based on her GPA, attendance and 500-word essay about serving others. The award was presented by Stephanie True, Youth Programs Coordinator for GO! St. Louis.
She had more than 50 hours of community service while in high school, in addition to training and running the half marathon as part of the Students on the GO! program.
In her essay, Paulina wrote about running: “It may be used as a way to take out anger, sadness and fear. You may do it alone or with friends. It may be done anytime of the day, anywhere and everywhere. This inexpensive hobby has certainly made me a stronger person.”
“Paulina is a student athlete and leader who stands out among her peers for her personality, concentrated work ethic, desire to succeed, determination, extreme consciousness and being aware of others,” said Kahoks on the GO! sponsor Alicia Furlow.