Top Achievers 2012

Leslie Haaf has a special goal

By From page D16 | March 09, 2012

It was through volunteering at her church youth group that Leslie Haaf discovered her career path.

“I volunteered to work with kids with special needs. I worked at church summer camps,” said Haaf, 19, “and I found that working with children like this is one of my gifts.”

Haaf graduated from Oak Ridge High School in 2011 where she was a member of the Key Club. She is a nursing major at Arizona State University, Phoenix who wants to work with children with special needs, particularly those with autism, and is exploring the best way to do so through her college courses.

Haaf who has played soccer since she was in the second grade is looking into playing intramurals in college and loves exploring her new home town.

“This first semester at college was great, but it was surprising to me how different my expectations were from reality,” said Haaf in a phone interview from ASU. “I didn’t expect to be homesick, but I was and I had to make all new friends. But I love it and I love being in a new environment and doing things on my own.”

Wendy Schultz

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