TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — What does it take to be Queen? Sierra Senior Services has nominated Shelby Beals, a junior in the Transition Life Skills Program at Truckee High School, in honor of her dedication to volunteering in our community. We sat down with Shelby and one of her teachers to find out more:
Why do you want to be SnowFest! Queen?
Shelby: I wanted to help Sierra Senior Services, where I volunteer Monday through Thursday every week.
What do you do as a volunteer?
Shelby: I wash dishes, vacuum and set tables for the Senior Meal program. On Mondays, we call Bingo for the seniors. I have fun and make a difference at the same time. We like talking. Sometimes we do arts and crafts or interviews.”
What kind of interviews?
Shelby: The interviews are part of an oral history project for school. We talk with the seniors and ask them questions about their life growing up. When we're finished, each person will receive a little booklet with their picture and some facts about their life. That is the most interesting part of volunteering — really getting to know the seniors and finding out who they are and what their lives are like.
What are you doing as part of your SnowFest! Queen candidacy?
Shelby: Today I put together a Power Point presentation with information about SnowFest!. I also have been attending all the community events put on by Sierra Senior Services. I talk to people about volunteering, and I also sell SnowFest! raffle tickets, which benefit Sierra Senior Services and SnowFest!.
What are your future plans?
Shelby: Next year I will be a senior in my class. I am looking forward to helping teach new students about volunteering jobs. I enjoy my Monday and Wednesday academic classes as Sierra College, especially computer lab.
Evelyn Foster an instructive assistant with TTUSD is one of Shelby's teachers. She wholeheartedly endorsed Shelby's candidacy, stating: “I first taught Shelby when she was in pre-school. It is such a pleasure to work with her again in our transition class and see how much she has grown as a person. I look forward to watching her graduate next year.”
Shelby will also appear in support of several upcoming Sierra Senior Services events, including the Feb. 24 Mardi Gras dance and March 4 pancake breakfast.
To support Shelby in her quest to be Queen, contact Sierra Senior Services at 530-550-7600, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. SnowFest! raffle tickets are $1 each or six for $5 and feature a grand prize of five days and four nights at the Hyatt Regency Waikiki plus $500 in cash.