James Swift

Franklin Regional High School, 11

Eric and Melissa Swift

Academic Achievement

4.32 GPA, Designation – 4 Years
Highest Honors with Distinction, Designation – 4 Years
Gifted Education Student (SAL), Member – 4 Years
National Honor Society, Member – 1 Year
National Society of High School Scholars, Member – 1 Year

Extracurricular Activities

Class President (elected President each year – I coordinated annual service projects such as a first responder recognition video and Valentine’s Day gratitude messages for staff.), President – 3 Years
Student Council Delegate, Member – 3 Years
High School Musical, Lead Actor – 2 Years
Dale Carnegie Skills for Success for Young Adults -earned Highest Achievement Award, Member – 1 Year
Leadership Westmoreland Youth Academy, Member – 1 Year

Community Involvement

Alzheimer’s Association -As Team Captain, I organized a Puzzle/Word Search Drive to assist those suffering from Alzheimer’s and other dementia related conditions. Donations were given to a local area memory care facility. Monetary donations were also collected., Captain – 1 Year
Allergy Avengers Team Captain -I launched a fundraising campaign for FARE (Food Allergy Research and Education) to raise money in hopes of making a difference regarding food labels, laws, medical cures, etc. I also implemented the Teal Pumpkin Project for local schools – organized and purchased allergy free treats to promote inclusivity to those with allergies and to raise allergy awareness., Captain – 3 Years
Relay for Life Team Captain -I coordinated bowling events and participated in other fundraisers in support of the American Cancer Society., Captain – 3 Years
Children’s Hospital, Pgh -I created over 100 gifts for patients in the gastroenterology wing. I was asked to be the Keynote Speaker for the IBD Grow Event this spring. So I have been preparing my presentation. I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis last spring, had a colectomy a few months ago, and will be speaking to IBD patients about overcoming adversity, resilience, courage, and optimism., Service Project and Keynote Speaker – 1 Year
Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation – I promoted a powerlifting fundraising campaign with my close friend., Fundraiser – 1 Year


Upon graduation from high school, I plan to further my education at a university to study exercise science, kinesiology, or physical therapy. I would like to share my passion for wellness and help others to develop their strengths and skills to move and feel better. While doing so, I plan to continue to serve my community and will volunteer with various organizations.