- 01 August 2012
- by Lauren Wethers
Although involved in community service beforehand, Jalissa’s real commitment began when she joined the JROTC program at her high school. Becoming a cadet didn’t just mean having to go to drill or being able to wear an Army Combat Uniform. It also meant being a role model and a good member of the community. During her years in JROTC, Jalissa devoted herself to upholding those standards. Along with her fellow cadets, she sent care packages to Afghanistan, assisted in Veteran’s Day programs through out Vernon Parish and made a visit every Valentine’s Day to the V.A. Hospital.
While that alone would have been admirable, that doesn’t end the list of volunteer work Jalissa completed while in high school. She also participated in the Christmas Ministerial Alliance, the annual Leesville Soap Box Derby (a youth racing program), and was a member of the color guard. On top of that, she’s volunteered in New Orleans with low-income elementary schools and Fight the Blight. Just reading the list can make you tired – and Jalissa did all of this while being an active member of her church and making great grades in school. But to her, it’s worth it. “I like helping forward or better people by serving them in areas most needed and expecting nothing in return,” she says. That much is certainly evident.
Although she is not continuing from JROTC into ROTC, Jalissa definitely honored the program by being the best role model and good community member she could be. She will continue her dedication to service at Tulane University, and offers this advice to young volunteers – “Volunteer whenever you can. It benefits your community and you'll feel great doing it as well. Volunteer in areas that interest you and you may even find your dream career in it!” Great advice from a girl who surely practices what she preaches.