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Project Title: Keep Others Warm

Name: Emily Hall

Age: 8-12yrs

Rank: Advanced

Program: Taekwondo

Explain This Project? What Is It Exactly?: I collected Coats, Hats, Sheets, Gloves, Comforters, and Blankets which we donated to The Hillsboro Family Shelter.

How many Projects Have You Done?: 1 Coat Drive

What Impact Did This Project Have On Our Community?: This project will help keep many people of different ages warm all winter.

Why Do You Aim High?: I love doing martial arts. Aim High is like a family and we all go through things together. I just did my black belt test and I couldn't have done it without all my peers in Taekwondo.

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Posted on November 14, 2016 .

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Project Title: Community Clean Up

Name: Trent Bond

Age: 8-12yrs

Rank: Black Belt

Program: Fusion

Explain This Project? What Is It Exactly?: My brother and I cleaned up the playground at my old school. There were a lot of trash from students and activities that had taken place on the playground and ball filed. There were also pieces of construction trash that had been dumped into the green space.

How many Projects Have You Done?: 4 total with 2 food drives over 2 years and clean up of the green space by my house.

What Impact Did This Project Have On Our Community?: This project it impacted my community by having a cleaner environment for both the people and the animals in the area. It also helps out the custodians at the school, Ms. Shelly and Mr. Mike who work very hard to keep the buildings and grounds looking nice. The school looks better and that makes me proud of my community.

Why Do You Aim High?: I Aim High to be able to set bigger goals in life and be able to accomplish them!

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Posted on November 11, 2016 .

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Project Title: Play On Sports

Name: Arjun Bhalla

Age: 13 & over

Rank: Advanced

Program: Fusion

Explain This Project? What Is It Exactly?: Play On was an idea that came to me and a friend of mine in February of 2016, we had seen that in a lot of the elementary schools of the Beaverton School district there were a lot of underprivileged kids who wanted to participate in sports, but either couldn't afford them, or didn't really have access to them because of the schedules of their parents. Taking charge, I formed a group of me and three others who were interested in the idea, creating this club of sorts to have sporting events, starting with basketball after school. Last year we started out with the idea in Feb. but the events started in March and went until early June. We ran several programs at elementary schools in BSD - Montclair, Raleigh Park, Chehalem. In order to run events in all of these schools there was a process of forming curriculum and forming a schedule to meet with principals and other administration in order to get events setup. There was a total of about 15 events with roughly 35 attendants per event. Montclair we did the most often, almost weekly and the other two were less often. We have had a total of five volunteers that aren’t a part of the original group at PlayOn, but still helped with running events. At the events we have 1.5 hour basketball lessons, we ran drills, games, and scrimmages. The emphasis was on lessons that would help them in their game, but overall the goal was to have fun. This project since then however, has completely expanded. This year we have taken it to the next level and have already met with the same schools as last year as well as multiple others in the district in order to expand our work. Our goal is to not let this die out once all of us seniors have graduated in May, but to recruit Juniors and Sophomores who would want to volunteer, and then continue to run this organization. To become more official, we went through the process of becoming and official organization with the state of Oregon as a 501(c)(3) non-profit. Now, we have already recruited 10 more volunteers, and 2 juniors who were enthusiastic and would like to become a part of the leadership. This is our goals outlined for 2017, as discussed by the original founding members of Aim High:

At the start of 2017, PlayOn aims to have about 20 schools that PlayOn will have a weekly presence at. We have started this already, but we plan on having volunteers trained and starting to lead the school events themselves so that we can expand to more school. The volunteers to student ratio that we are aiming for is 1:7-1:10 (there are usually 30-40 students per event).

How many Projects Have You Done?: I have done just this one project, but am working on another project to improve my school (through Boy Scouts of America... it is for my Eagle Scout rank)

What Impact Did This Project Have On Our Community?: I feel like this project has had an impact on the community, and will continue to. By starting this program in just basketball as an afterschool activity for kids, it really promotes kids being able to work together, learn teamwork, and get physical exercise as well. While I am not 100% passionate about basketball, I believe that the overarching goals of this project such as promoting fitness, cooperation, and persistence have really come across to the kids we are working with through basketball.

Why Do You Aim High?: I "Aim High" because I know that without it, I wouldn't ever be able to reach my goals. I have high expectations for myself and big goals that I want to accomplish. Without a positive mental attitude and desire to succeed, I know that achieving these wouldn't be possible. The project is one way that I can give back to the community that I live in with my friends and hopefully improve the lives of others, and to say that I started something... something positive that influenced others. In my training at AHMA I aim high because I find that if I don't train past my perceived maximum potential, I can't REALLY improve, and that is what I really want.

This project, and just in general - I aim high because I strive to be able to be better and improve myself, but without aiming high and taking risks and putting everything on the table, this often isn't possible.

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Posted on November 11, 2016 .

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Project Title: Bake Sale

Name: Emi King

Age: 13 & over

Rank: Black Belt

Program: Fusion

Explain This Project? What Is It Exactly?: (I did this project with Georgia) We got together on a Friday afternoon and spent several hours baking and preparing treats. The following Saturday, we brought everything to Aim High and set up our table. We then spent around three hours there, doing what you're supposed to do with bake sales: Selling stuff!

How many Projects Have You Done?: Four. Collecting food, Lego Sale, Bake Sale #1, Bake Sale #2.

What Impact Did This Project Have On Our Community?: Overall, we collected $61, which went to the Aim High Foundation. The Aim High Foundation provides assistance for children dealing with problems such as poor health, bullying, and disabilities, as well as martial arts for those who can't afford it.

Why Do You Aim High?: I've been with Aim High for over seven years now, and I'm still learning and benefiting from it. Aim High has taught me throughout the years about not only martial arts and fitness, but also respect and discipline. Not to mention, the leadership skills I've learned from Aim High have helped me in many cases where I had to step up and give orders.

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Posted on November 9, 2016 .

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Project Title: Pick Up The Pace, Pick Up The Trash

Name: Athena Chen

Age: 8-12yrs

Rank: Advanced

Program: Tang Soo Do

Explain This Project? What Is It Exactly?: My friends and I organized a two day trip down to the Portland Waterfront to pick up trash for downtown! On Saturday and Sunday (Oct. 22, 23), we went down to the Portland Waterfront Trail. Basically, we went from the Saturday Market and went both ways, one way on Saturday and one way on Sunday. On the first day, it was only three people, but I still think we were very effective. On the second day with six people, we actually got more dragged, but still ended up making double the amount of bags. I could see that on Saturday, people didn't really want to come because they maybe thought it would be really boring, and they would have a better use of time if they did something else. After the first day, however, I realised it was actually really fun, and when I told everyone, they agreed to go. It was really fun, and it was also a better chance to know everyone there, since we were all working together.

How many Projects Have You Done?: This is my first project.

What Impact Did This Project Have On Our Community?: We filled up three bags of trash. I didn't realise how much trash was really in out community! Especially with this place looking pretty clean if you scan it, but once you really pick up every little piece of trash, you can see that even the candy wrappers count. There have been some small pieces of trash, like pieces of paper, and some large pieces of trash, like cardboard boxes! Also, 7 people thanked us for our work, and I was really happy that I was doing something that could help everyone. I think my friends were pretty happy too, because some of them were really into it.

Why Do You Aim High?: I do what I do becuase I know I can always do better. In school, in activities, in sports, in piano, at home. I can always do something better and improve something. I sometimes don't want to do that, and I think a lot of people are like me and don't really want to do their best sometimes, and that's why I always try to be aware of what I'm doing and if I'm really trying my best. I also aim high because I know I'll be glad with my results if I do. If I get a really bad result, I know that I will feel bad and let people down. That's a lose-lose, compared to if I do my best, that's a win for everyone. I feel that aiming high is very important, and that everyone shoud strive to do it.

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Posted on November 9, 2016 .

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Project Title: Reading to My Grandma In Russian

Name: Nikita Istratov

Age: 8-12yrs

Rank: Advanced

Program: Fusion

Explain This Project? What Is It Exactly?: My grandma is very old and her vision is very poor. She can not read herself. My parents are very busy and don't have tine to help her. I decided to help her and read to her. This may sound easy but it isn't because I can understand and talk in Russian but my reading ability is poor. I have to practice every page before reading it to Grandma.

How many Projects Have You Done?: I'm reporting 3, I taught stop-motion animation, I'm teaching skiing, and I'm going to read in Russian to my Grandma.

What Impact Did This Project Have On Our Community?: Grandma feels very isolated, and I help her to stay connected. It would be great if ever old person would have someone to keep them engaged in daily life.

Why Do You Aim High?: Helping people who need assistance makes me feel happy and fulfilled.

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Posted on November 5, 2016 .

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Project Title: Teaching stop motion animation

Name: Nikita Istratov

Age: 8-12yrs

Rank: Advanced

Program: Fusion

Explain This Project? What Is It Exactly?: In summer, I took a week long stop motion animation camp, and after that, I wanted to continue so my dad and I made a little booth (out of wood) with LED lighting and a webcam. I got a stop-mo software (DragonFrame) and created some cool short videos. My friend came over and I decided to teach her. I taught a lot, and we made about 3-4 projects. I am planning to do this with another one of my friends too.

How many Projects Have You Done?: I'm reporting 3, I taught stop-motion animation, I'm teaching skiing, and I'm going to read in Russian to my Grandma.

What Impact Did This Project Have On Our Community?: I'm sharing my knowledge of arts and sports with other people.

Why Do You Aim High?: I learned certain valuable skills, and feel it is enjoyable to share this knowledge and help other people. It helps other people to become more skillful and makes this world a better place.

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Posted on November 5, 2016 .

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Project Title: Teaching my classmate to ski

Name: Nikita Istratov

Age: 8-12yrs

Rank: Advanced

Program: Fusion

Explain This Project? What Is It Exactly?: Over the past several years, I have been taking ski education from 2 very experienced ski coaches. One of my classmates believed that he is a good skier. Last season we had an opportunity to go skiing together. Once we got on the slope, he was low-level intermediate. I apprehended that and volunteered to teach him and give tips. I taught him for about 4 hours, gave him drills to work on, and he got much better. New winter ski season is approaching, and I have been watching videos and studying to be able to teach him further and turn him into a much greater skier.

How many Projects Have You Done?: I'm reporting 3, I taught stop-motion animation, I'm teaching skiing, and I'm going to read in Russian to my Grandma.

What Impact Did This Project Have On Our Community?: I'm sharing my knowledge of arts and sports with other people, and am helping a visually impaired person.

Why Do You Aim High?: I learned certain valuable skills, and feel it is enjoyable to share this knowledge and help other people. It helps other people to become more skillful and makes this world a better place.

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Posted on November 5, 2016 .

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Project Title: Hospitality Serving

Name: Mitchell Radford

Age: 13 & over

Rank: Advanced

Program: Fusion

Explain This Project? What Is It Exactly?: For this project, I got a couple of my friends to help me volunteer to serve at a play at Bethel Lutheran Church in Portland. We dished up deserts, poured coffee and water, and set tables. The friends that I got involved were Alonzo from here at Aim High and my friend from church, Owen. The next step is presenting what I did to my homeroom at school. This presentation will also encourage my classmates to volunteer in the community.

How many Projects Have You Done?: I have only done this one.

What Impact Did This Project Have On Our Community?: The people who attended the event payed for/donated to Bethel's Drop-In Center program to help pay for partial or full scholarships for kids whose family cannot afford it otherwise. The Drop-In Center entertains and educates young children after school and in the summer. The presentation encourages community volunteering, which could result in my classmates doing more volunteering.

Why Do You Aim High?: I aim high because I want to do my best in everything I do. I also want to make a difference in some way or another, and I enjoy helping other people a lot.

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Posted on November 4, 2016 .

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Project Title: Playgound beautification

Name: Reese Bond

Age: 8-12yrs

Rank: Advanced

Program: Taekwondo

Explain This Project? What Is It Exactly?: I asked my classmates to help out with my project of cleaning up our school yard because there was a lot of trash. We pick up three large bags of plastic, paper and wrappers that were on the playground and playing fields. We spent and hour finding the trash and making sure we picked up everything we could.

How many Projects Have You Done?: This is the first one

What Impact Did This Project Have On Our Community?: By picking up the trash on my school play ground, I helped make my school be a cleaner place for all of the kids that go there. It also makes a nicer view for the community. By picking up trash I helped our school janitors, Mr. Mike and Ms. Shelly.

Why Do You Aim High?: I like helping out in my community. This project made my school and community look better and that made me feel good.

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Posted on October 13, 2016 .

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Project Title: Playgound beautification

Name: Reese Bond

Age: 8-12yrs

Rank: Advanced

Program: Taekwondo

Explain This Project? What Is It Exactly?: I asked my classmates to help out with my project of cleaning up our school yard because there was a lot of trash. We pick up three large bags of plastic, paper and wrappers that were on the playground and playing fields. We spent and hour finding the trash and making sure we picked up everything we could.

How many Projects Have You Done?: This is the first one

What Impact Did This Project Have On Our Community?: By picking up the trash on my school play ground, I helped make my school be a cleaner place for all of the kids that go there. It also makes a nicer view for the community. By picking up trash I helped our school janitors, Mr. Mike and Ms. Shelly.

Why Do You Aim High?: I like helping out in my community. This project made my school and community look better and that made me feel good.

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Posted on October 13, 2016 .

Helping out at the Oregon Food Bank - Ben Asbury

Age: 8-12yrs

Rank: Intermediate

Program: Fusion

Explain This Project? What Is It Exactly?: Me and my friends and family volunteered at the Oregon Food Bank. We repacked rice to get it shipped off to those in need.

How many Projects Have You Done?: 1

What Impact Did This Project Have On Our Community?: I learned that there are a lot of people in need and that it takes many hands to help just a few of them. We provided meals for 6,268 people.

Why Do You Aim High?:

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Posted on June 22, 2016 .

Pheasant Park - Declan Bartel

Age: 8-12yrs

Rank: Intermediate

Program: Fusion

Explain This Project? What Is It Exactly?: I will lead a team to pull weeds at Pheasant Park and open it up for animal life. I worked with the park steward to plan what needed to be done.

How many Projects Have You Done?: 1

What Impact Did This Project Have On Our Community?: Pulling weeds helps save a natural park from overgrowth. Now I plan to lead another team in November in the park.

Why Do You Aim High?:

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Posted on June 22, 2016 .

Food Drive - Emi King

Age: 8-12yrs

Rank: Advanced

Program: Fusion

Explain This Project? What Is It Exactly?: I went around the neighborhood asking if people would like to donate to the Oregon Food Bank. Pretty much everyone that was home donated something.

How many Projects Have You Done?: 3

What Impact Did This Project Have On Our Community?: By sending food to the Oregon Food Bank it is providing food for families who cannot pay for it. My goal was to collect at least 50 pounds of food for the food drive. I collected 120 pounds within 3 1/2 hours.

Why Do You Aim High?:

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Posted on June 22, 2016 .