Kaitlyn Wade, a White Oak High School student, has been selected to serve on the 2016-17 National SAVE (Students Against Violence Everywhere) Youth Advisory Board. She is among nine high school students across the nation chosen to serve on that board.
From the National Save Website...
Kaitlyn is a senior at White Oak High School in Jacksonville, NC. Kaitlyn has been active in SAVE since her seventh grade year. Kaitlyn has held presidential positions in numerous committees of her chapter. In her early years with SAVE, Kaitlyn worked to spread word of the organization to fellow school and community members, and continues to do so today. She has worked with one of the local elementary schools associated with White Oak HS SAVE chapter to teach fourth and fifth grade students about bullying, prevention of bullying, atmospherical awareness, and communication tips between people. Kaitlyn became involved in SAVE because she wanted to prevent bullying. She shared, “When I first joined SAVE I had few friends because I was a bit anti-social and shy, but I’d also been made fun of for being a crybaby and tattle tale. I made a friend who was quite literally the most bullied child because people saw her as weird and different and nerdier than the rest. I took one step beyond what people rumored about her and became one of her few friends, stood beside her the whole way. Being friends with someone that was truly bullied, sparked me to help others. I joined SAVE, a place where people saw people as equals to end and prevent violence, a place where I felt truly at peace to be who I am.”
Kaitlyn is involved in the White Oak HS Concert Band, assisted with the annual musicals as an usher, and is the Sentinel Officer of the Future Farmers of America chapter. Kaitlyn is involved in the pep band and she also works at the Jacksonville Public Library. Deborah Lucas, a teacher at White Oak HS states “Kaitlyn will be a persistent advocate for others and her talents will only shine further as a member of the National Youth Advisory Board.” Kaitlyn wishes and hopes for “improvements and changes within communication between regions and chapters in SAVE to create a unified movement of bright individuals.”