Annessa Masterson, D.A.R.E. Youth Advisory Board Oklahoma Representative
My name is Annessa Masterson and I am a sophomore at Wyandotte High School in Wyandotte, Oklahoma. My parents are Chad and Trishia Masterson and have an older brother, Seth.
I currently am doubled up in my math classes (Geometry and Algebra II) so I can take College Algebra next year, along with other college classes. Our school has a strong concurrent enrollment program and I hope to have 21 college credit hours by the time I graduate high school. I also play softball, basketball and run in cross country. Last year I was named softball All District Newcomer in our conference.
In middle school I was a member of National Junior Honor Society and am currently a member of the National Honor Society. I am a member of the student council for the third year and compete on our high school’s math team. In the past, I have been a member and officer of Science Club, member of Technology Student Association, and a member of our middle school Academic Team the year we went to state in our division.
I try to be actively involved in our school and community. In the fall, I volunteer to work in the football concession stand. Each Thanksgiving break I go with NHS to cook and deliver Thanksgiving meals and cards to our local senior citizens who don’t have family nearby. During December, I volunteer with my family at Twin Bridges State Park on the different Santa nights and hand out hotdogs and drinks and help little kids when they are getting their pictures taken with Santa. I also volunteer with other students to ring the bell for Salvation Army. In the spring, I help clean up and plant flowers around the town of Wyandotte.
I have completed the middle school D.A.R.E. program year and won the coloring contest in eighth grade. My design was used for the Oklahoma D.A.R.E. Officers Association conference t-shirt. I feel Officer Brodrick and the D.A.R.E. program can make such a difference because many parents don’t talk to their kids about drugs or alcohol. Alcoholism runs in our family so I understand how important it is to not drink. As I have gotten older, the pressure has increased from friends and peers, but I know I always have a choice and don’t have to do what everyone else does. I would love to be a role model for other kids and help them see that they have a choice, too.