Prep Elite: Southwest Christian High School's Julia McIntosh Feels Blessed to Give Back

Southwest Christian High School senior Julia McIntosh, a member of the 2019 Prep Elite.
Southwest Christian High School senior Julia McIntosh says "serving others often reaps more rewards than being served."

There’s a lot to be proud of in this community, but, we must admit, our pride shoots straight to the top when it comes to learning about how so many local high schoolers are achieving their goals and dreams while preparing for their future.

Each year, area high schools nominate students to be featured in our annual Prep Elite feature. This year, we asked schools, “Who are the givers? Who are the students, who will graduate from your academic community having left a positive impact?”

We chose four of those nominated students to appear in this issue. Was there a variety of students put forward? Yes. Was it difficult to narrow down the list to just four? Absolutely.

Congratulations to this year’s Prep Elite students: Ben Sather, Grace LynchKalie Dahl

Julia Mcintosh
Southwest Christian High School

SWM: Looking back, what do you wish you could have told your freshman self?
JM: … your mistakes do not define you. One of the greatest challenges in life is taking mistakes and using them as an opportunity to grow. Perfectionism leaves no room for growth, but mistakes pave the path for learning. More likely than not, your mistakes teach you more than all of your successes.

SWM: What is the most important way in which you gave back to your high school or community?
JM: Giving back to my high school has been one of the greatest blessings as a student. I really enjoyed serving as the hospitality committee chair, where I had the privilege of leading and serving alongside our committee members to organize events that help unite our students together and create a sense of belonging at Southwest Christian.

SWM: What did you learn from that experience?
JM: … I have learned that serving others often reaps more rewards than being served. Watching students feel loved and cared about made all the hard work and time worth it. This experience helped grow my gratitude for my fellow peers and the community of Southwest Christian. Furthermore, this position gave me the opportunity to be guided by great mentors and teachers, for which I am so grateful.

SWM: What are your post high school plans?
JM: I plan on attending college to study business and marketing … I would love to be able to bless others through my work and share what I’ve been given throughout my life.

SWM: Give us three words to describe yourself.
JM: Committed, motivated and dependable.

Academics
Cumulative GPA 4.257, A Honor Roll for five consecutive semesters

Extra-curricular
Tennis captain, admissions ambassador, Hospitality Committee chair, Student Council member, Marketing teacher’s assistant and Student Body President (12th grade)

Service
Our family hosts kids in need for short term stays, so I often get to spend time serving little ones in our home. I have loved having this opportunity to bless kids by helping care for them, playing with them and teaching them new things

“Julia makes our staff/faculty proud—most importantly [because] of who she is as a young woman and, secondly, of what she does for the school. Julia is one of the most friendly, involved faces on campus and does an incredible job engaging our student body in community.  She not only serves a lot, but she serves well. Julia has exceeded many expectations of being a student leader on campus, and we are so excited to see her grow into an even larger role in her final year at Southwest Christian. She juggles her responsibilities well and seeks to be  innovative in her leadership.” —Emily Robertson, marketing director