World class student

When describing Lila Schreiber, those who know her are given to superlatives.

"She is the most amazing student I have ever known," said one teacher.

Her mother, Michelle, said, "Words can't describe how proud we are of Lila."

The word that came up most often, however, when discussing the socially active and talented young woman was "giving." Schreiber's focus has been and continues to be on helping others locally and globally.

Schreiber spent most of her high school career working to better the lives of others in the world. While in school, she was a student ambassador for the Global Campaign for Education in Washington, D.C. She received honors in math, chemistry, psychology, philosophy and literature.

She was a Rotary Club Youth of the Month, a Future First Citizen of Southern Oregon and Student of the Year. One of her proudest accomplishments was being co-editor-in-chief of Ashland High's Rogue News; she was also a Daily Tidings correspondent.

During the summer, Schreiber has been busy preparing for college life at Harvard University and spending time with friends and family.

DT: What was the most exciting aspect of graduating high school?

Schreiber: Finally being a "big kid."

DT: Is there also a difficult or frightening aspect to graduating?

Schreiber: I don't think the difficult or frightening aspects are connected to graduation; graduation seems like a giant celebration. The difficult or frightening aspects, for me, come with actually leaving Ashland, my friends, family, community, teachers and the room that I've slept in since I was born.

DT: What were some of your favorite subjects in school?

Schreiber: Philosophy and literature, French, calculus and PDM, government, chemistry and journalism.

DT: How did you manage to maintain your grades throughout high school and balance all your activities?

Schreiber: I didn't sleep very much. That's only partially true. I think I stayed extremely organized, and I had a lot of support from my parents and friends.

DT: What are your favorite activities outside of school?

Schreiber: Playing guitar, tennis and Frisbee, and hanging out with friends, of course.

DT: Tell us something about your parents that makes you proud.

Schreiber: My parents are two amazing people. They are both excellent at what they do, but, more importantly, they've done a great job of raising my brother and me, and I feel that I have a great relationship with both of them.

DT: What are your college plans?

Schreiber: I'm going to Harvard next year.

DT: What are your plans for the summer?

Schreiber: I'm going to attempt to take it easy. I'm tutoring and babysitting. Hopefully, I will be able to spend lots of time outside with my friends. I plan to play a lot of guitar, get mentally prepared to go to college, and I'm hoping to write a philosophy book. I'm going to visit my brother and friends in Los Angeles, and then we're taking a family trip to Mexico in August.

DT: Talk a bit about the Model United Nations you participated in this year.

Schreiber: Model UN is a fantastic program. It's an excellent opportunity to role play as a delegate from another country and get informed about other nations and world politics. Unfortunately, this year the Eugene conference was poorly organized, and I didn't have as good a time as I did my freshmen and sophomore years.

DT: You've been very active in the Global Citizen Corps, as well. Would you talk about your work with that?

Schreiber: Mercy Corps' Global Citizen Corps is a group of high school students from all over the country. I was one of the 200 GCC leaders. It is our responsibility to lead the fight against global poverty. To get more people involved, I started a club at AHS at the beginning of my junior year. The energy of the club was enticing and, before I knew it, we were the largest club at school with over 100 members. Together we really made an impact, and major strides in educating and mobilizing youth to "make poverty history."

DT: Your Mercy Corps Work involved some travel?

Schreiber: I was lucky enough to be selected to participate in two Mercy Corps programs on the East Coast. Last summer, I spent one of the most amazing weeks of my life at the Global Citizen Corps Summit in New York City. I met the most incredible people there and learned invaluable tools for mobilizing and motivating large groups of people. Then, in April of this year, I got to go on an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C., as a student delegate for the Global Campaign for Education action week. There, I was part of the real deal. My time in D.C. wasn't a "mock" or "model" anything, it was the real thing, with real legislation and real politicians. It was exciting being at the Mall, not as a tourist but as a lobbyist, and a representative of the 72 million children of primary school age who do not have access to education.

DT: Can you tell me about someone who inspires you to work for social change?

Schreiber: The injustices in our world, and the millions and even billions of people who are needlessly suffering inspire me to work for social change.

DT: What accomplishment has made you most proud recently?

Schreiber: The latest edition of the Rogue News, definitely. Our graduation edition was a 16-pager, twice our normal amount, and I really think it was a superb paper. Our best one yet. Jesse Javna, my co-editor, and I spent about 40 hours our last week of school working on it, but it paid off. I am definitely most proud of how far our newspaper has come in the last two years.

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