Viva Kreis

Belle Vernon Area High School, 12

Mary Kreis

Academic Achievement

National Merit Scholar Commended Student Award I was recognized for achieving a score in the top 1.5% of PSAT scores from the 1.5 million students who took the test around the world during the 2021-2022 school year., Awardee – 1 Year
Pennsylvania SAT Certificate of Merit – Recognized for achieving an SAT score among the 5,000 highest scores in Pennsylvania., Awardee – 1 Year
Academic Excellence Award, The Challenge Program – Award for academically top ranking student in the senior class, Awardee – 1 Year
Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) Regional President – Regional Champion and State Medalist – Public Speaking Regional Champion and State Medalist – Impromptu Speaking Regional Champion and State Medalist – Introduction to Public Speaking Open Competitive Events: State Champion – Retail Management State Champion – Public Relations State Runner-Up – Current Events State 4th Place – Non-Profit Business Management State 7th Place – Pennsylvania FBLA Policies & Procedures State 7th Place – Statistical Analysis, President – 1 Year
Class President and National Honor Society President – Selected for the following societies: Overall, Science, Social Studies, Spanish, President – 4 Years

Extracurricular Activities

Member, US Women’s National Team Handball Team – Selected to represent the USA at the World U20 Handball Championships in Slovenia on the US Women’s Junior National Team for the Olympic sport of team handball Selected to represent the USA at the North America and Caribbean Junior Handball Championships in Mexico City helping the US to earn a place in the World U20 Handball Championships for the first time since 1981 Invited to participate in two US Senior National Team training camps and compete in two international tournaments in Paris, France with the older, experienced team, Member – 2 Years
National Winner, Heisman High School Scholarship – Invited to attend the Heisman Trophy weekend where I received my award, was featured on a billboard in Times Square, heard legendary “Coach K” deliver a heartfelt speech, and was recognized during the Heisman Trophy Ceremony on ESPN – “The Heisman High School Scholarship program honors the nation’s most accomplished, community-minded high school senior athletes… by celebrating and rewarding outstanding male and female scholar-athletes who understand that the most important victories happen not only on the field, but also in their schools and communities.”, Awardee – 1 Year
12-Team Tour of the WNBA – Turned a dream into a reality by gaining assistance from the WNBA and Jr. NBA to interview players, coaches, and executives for my National History Day project on the “History of women’s basketball and how the WNBA is breaking barriers” Visited all 12 WNBA teams, conducted over 50 interviews, gained networking skills and opportunities, boosted my independence and self-confidence Invited to give a speech about my experiences with the WNBA and the Jr. NBA “Her Time To Play” initiative to the Jr. NBA Leadership Council at the 2020 NBA All-Star Weekend in Chicago with all expenses paid (Council included NBA executives, legends, players, influencers, and WNBA players), Jr. NBA Reporter, Speaker – 3 Years
Writer/Contributor, Mon-Valley Independent Newspaper – Asked to write newspaper articles to contribute to the Mon-Valley Independent about my experiences and travels – written over 20 articles in the form of “Postcards”, Writer/Contributor – 2 Years
Published Author and Illustrator, She Did That!? Amazing Female Athletes from A-Z – Authored and illustrated my own book from start to finish built from my passion and interest in women’s sports Idea grew from a childhood of only being exposed to successful male athletes and wanting to create a book to share with young readers about the female athletes who have accomplished amazing athletic feats Book is designed for young readers to picture themselves as these athletes through my illustrations of women in athletic competitions and poses for which they are known, Published Author and Illustrator – 1 Year

Community Involvement

Sock-It to Homelessness – Created an initiative that has run for two years to collect over 2022 and 2023 pairs of socks for homeless veterans in the Pittsburgh area from donations within my school district and neighborhood – surpassed my goal each year and collected 4,670 pairs to donate, Founder – 2 Years
“Rock Michael’s Ovation” – Created a fundraiser to raise hundreds of dollars for a music scholarship program in honor of my friend and classmate, Michael Shaffer, who passed away when we were freshmen, President – 3 Years
Veterans Leadership Program “Food and Funds Raiser” – Created, with my Army veteran mother, a drive to collect money and food for veterans and their families in need during the pandemic (raised over $6000), “Food and Funds Raiser” – 4 Years
Clean-up Our Community, Belle Vernon Area School District – Created and organized a clean-up effort in my community in an effort to gather students and their families to clean up the trash in the roads, parking lots, and grass areas located around our elementary school, middle school, and high school. Collected multiple truckloads of trash bags filled with years of garbage that had gone unmanaged, Organizer – 1 Year
Viva’s Skills + Drills – Created my own individual and group specialized basketball skills development training program to foster confidence and a love for basketball Learned entrepreneurial skills, as well as time-management and organizational skills; Youth Basketball Coach – Coach two different youth basketball teams for my area high school. Plan ahead of our practice sessions as to what I need to work on with the girls and develop skills building opportunities for them to learn and progress, Trainer and Coach – 5 Years


My career goal is a unique one that can not just be obtained at any college. I aspire to be a sports broadcaster for women’s sports! In order to achieve this goal, I feel I need to go to the best journalism school in the country – the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. I also plan on continuing to play handball for the US National Team while competing in tournaments across the globe with the ultimate goal of playing in the 2028 Olympics!