Keaton Schrank, a second year student at Wheaton College in Massachusetts, is a student leader passionate about community service and its role in bettering society. In addition to holding multiple leadership roles on campus, Keaton has worked on a wide range of projects in her local community both in her hometown and the greater Norton, Massachusetts community, including the Cupboard of Kindness soup kitchen, the Boston Food Bank, Norton's library park cleanup and the Norton Senior Center. In her role as Wheaton's Community Service Council President, Keaton has creatively found ways to grow council membership, effectively increasing Wheaton's capacity to serve the local community. Her altruistic personality combined with her actions is an inspiration to the students of Wheaton College community.
When I was younger and my family decided to move to a new neighborhood, 9-year-old me was incredibly upset by the fact that the neighborhood did not provide a recycling service to its residents. So, naturally, I decided to start one. From that point on, service and civic engagement have been a driving force in my life. From environmental conservation efforts to volunteering in local food banks, I truly believe in working for the betterment of all. Since my freshman year at Wheaton, I have been fortunate enough to serve as the president of the Community Service Council, designing, organizing and implementing both on- and off-campus service opportunities for students and other members of the Wheaton community. Through this experience, I have had the privilege of collaborating with numerous local organizations to provide students the opportunity to engage with and work to improve our community. Service is in my blood. I am passionate about presenting people with opportunities to give back and better their communities while learning through their experiences. I genuinely believe in working for the greater good and hope that others will join me in working to make the world a better place one act of service at a time.