Hiram High School senior Hannah Rull, 17, daughter of Eric and Tina Rull, was among five students chosen to take part in the Bank of America 2013 Student Leaders program.
During the eight-week program Rull received the opportunity to work seven weeks with East Lake Foundation, an organization which helps the East Lake community in Atlanta, and spent a week in Washington, D.C., attending the Bank of America Student Leadership Summit, where students learn how businesses, nonprofits and government can impact communities.
Cecilie Goodman, vice president, community relations manager for Bank of America’s Atlanta market, interviewed Rull for the internship. She said more than 500 applications were submitted for the program and only 20 students were interviewed.
“She [Rull] is so passionate about what she is doing, and where she is going,” Goodman said.
Rull and the other students worked at the foundation Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. In the morning they worked in a community garden, and in the afternoon they would learn the business side.
She said the internship helped her learn about the day-to-day work of a nonprofit and how to manage one as well.
Rull has an impressive resume as she has been involved with 4-H for seven years, Girl Scouts for 11 years, and is a member of Future Business Leaders of America, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, National Honor Society and more.
Through the organizations she has won many awards, and has held different positions such as vice president of Paulding County 4-H County Council.
Even with all of her involvement she still found time to create Little Chefs, a program to teach youth about healthy eating and helping those in need.
“I kind of started this as a service project,” Rull said.
She created the project for her Gold Award, the highest honor a Girl Scout can earn. Rull has to find an issue, investigate it, take action to tackle the problem and educate others, according to the Girl Scouts of the USA website.
She is still working on earning her award.
Rull found there were no organizations or businesses in the county which taught children how to cook. She decided she wanted to fight obesity and hunger at the same time by teaching her students how to cook nutritious food and then to donate the food they cook to those in need.
Rull has had about 30 children attend each event, which are held at the Paulding County Extension Office.
“It has been a journey so far,” Rull said.