Senior’s involvement in leadership and church shines
He’s known for following his heart, his undoubtful work ethic, his awkward mannerisms, and his faith. He works in what he believes in and does the right thing when it comes to it. He’s known to be kind and joyful by those closest to him and this is senior Jeffrey Snowbarger.
Snowbarger has been in Leadership for all four years of his high school career, and has planned assemblies, halftime shows and dances. In his middle school years he say how much fun his friends were having and decided to give it a try his freshman year and stuck with it for his remaining years.
Leadership has helped him be the person he is today and couldn’t imagine himself not taking it at all. It’s impacted him and the student body and the many events it creates.
“The ability to take someone inexperienced or immature and to help them grow into someone more knowledgeable and mature, but a good leader also has to be willing to be corrected and critiqued if wrong. One who is willing to lead, but also able to be led if need be,” said Snowbarger, as this is what leadership means to him and couldn’t be prouder to be part of such organization on campus that makes a positive difference to the whole school.
His little sister, freshman Amanda Snowbarger, has witnessed how far along her older brother has come and has joined leadership herself for some of the reasons her older brother did as well.
“He’s a very strong willed and motivated person that if he puts his mind into something he will do it and he will not get down on himself,” said Amanda, “I like driving in the morning with him to school and our spontaneous Starbucks [trips] where we just talk and do homework.”
Along with his contributions to Leadership, a big role in his life is his religion. As far back as Snowbarger can remember, he has attended church at Paso Robles Church of the Nazarene. Last summer Snowbarger and five other teens journeyed 2,206.6 miles to Louisville, Kentucky for Nazarene Youth Conference, or NYC, which takes place every four years . NYC is where thousands of teens from all over the United States and Canada come together to listen to Christian speakers, listen to Christian bands, help the community around them, as well as grow in their faith.
His faith has helped him find what he wants to do for the rest of his life and be a doctor.
“In church I would always hear “love your neighbor” and I think being a doctor or surgeon of some kind would be a nice synthesis of my desire to learn about the body and my desire to love my neighbor,” said Snowbarger.
He will major in Biochemistry at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego this fall. He had a tough decision between UCSD and PLNU and ultimately choose PLNU, this being one of the hardest real life decision he has made thus far.
Snowbarger’s wouldn’t be where he is now without his biggest inspiration, his grandfather, Michael Jordan who is someone he hopes to be.
“He’s everything I want to be as a man when I grow up. He’s kind and generous and he loves everyone. He makes me mad sometimes because I want to be as good as him and I don’t think I am,” said Snowbarger.
As the year comes to an end Snowbarger is sad to go but wants everyone to remember that the only opinion that matters is yours, not anybody elses.