Meah Austin '18 is a stellar student-athlete who embodies the spirit of a Holy Cross High School Crusader. She is kind, passionate, welcoming, humble and respectful. When she isn't in class, she is on the volleyball court. When she isn't playing in a game, she is doing community service.
Like so many other Crusaders, Meah clocks many service hours; not because she has to, but because she wants to. Recently, she coordinated bake sales to raise money for the American Cancer Society's Making Strides for Breast Cancer Walk.
She also offered manual labor in the annual summer service trip. This past year, she and her classmates went to Philadelphia through Catholic Heart Work Camps. Participating in the trip made her feel grateful for what she had. "Originally, the organization we worked with wanted us to fix handrails and walls in a house," she said. "Once we got into the house, we realized more work needed to be done. We also needed to fix the tiles, unclutter, pull weeds and add a fan. We tried to help in every way possible."
The service trip exposed Meah to giving back in a different way. "I was used to visiting convalescent homes or cleaning yards. This was something very different, and I learned so much from the experience."
When she was originally looking at high schools, Meah noticed that Holy Cross was very service-oriented. She had originally heard about the school's annual service trip while she was in eighth grade.
"Holy Cross people eat, sleep and dream service," said Meah. "It isn't just a part of who we are. It is who we are. I want to continue this in college. I have made it to the point where it doesn't seem like service. It's a lifestyle that I really like."
Holy Cross invites you to join us on Tuesday, November 28th for #GivingTuesday, a global day devoted to giving back to organizations that you have a connection with. Please remember Holy Cross as you make your philanthropic priorities on this 24-hour celebration of giving. Your act of giving back will give students like Meah the resources they need so that they can give back to others.