Central Coast Region
Chapter 873 – Archbishop Mitty High School
Adviser Janie Falcone
Sarah Yum is a student at Archbishop Mitty High School in San Jose. Sarah is a Student Ambassador in her CSF chapter, and last year was Lead Organizer for Teens-For-Teens Christmas Drive. She has also been a Back to School Night Volunteer, a Peer Tutor, and an Open House Representative. Sarah is the president of the Archbishop Mitty ASB, and Archbishop Mitty Speech and Debate. She is a team member for Archbishop Mitty Campus Ministry, and a member of the varsity badminton team.
Sarah’s community service includes being a volunteer at the Silicon Valley Korean School, a Sunday Friends volunteer, and an election canvasser and youth leader for the South Bay Youth Changemakers. She has earned awards as an AP Scholar of Distinction, and a National Merit Scholar, as well as the St. Francis of Assisi Award for Service. Sarah is employed at a nutrition coordinator with Sunday Friends.
The CSF Adviser at Archbishop Mitty High School, Janie Falcone, describes Sarah as thoughtful, persistent, passionate, and independent. Mrs. Falcone explains, “It is hard not to be impressed by Sarah’s creativity and devotion to helping our faculty and student body maintain some happiness during tough times. Sarah loves meeting new people, and being part of her communities. She takes great pride and care in doing her best in everything that she is involved in.”
The Activity Director for Sunday Friends, a nonprofit organization that serves families from underserved communities in San Jose, Shiloh Hampole, explains that due to Sarah’s assertiveness, enthusiasm, and reliability, she quickly became the go-to volunteer when they needed help with an expected issue. Ms. Shiloh explains, “She has always been an excellent role model that goes above and beyond in her interactions with each child. Overall, Sarah displays all of the positive qualities we like to see in our volunteers, and we are certain that she will continue to carry these strengths with her into the future.”
In her personal statement, Sarah begins, “Service isn’t just a one-time opportunity. It is continuous care and consideration for others in hopes to build a stronger community. I have been serving others since the 3rd grade…CSF first gave me the platform to empower and uplift others through leadership opportunities. As a leader, scholar, and creator, I hope to continue finding ways to serve people and communities for future years to come.”
Sarah plans to attend either Stanford University or the University of Pennsylvania, and major in Political Science and Business.