Plenty of schools make community service part of the curriculum. But this week, we found one top teen taking that service into the classroom, to make the whole school a better place.
Alan Goodno is more than a good student; he's a leader. The Groves High School junior is at the top of this class and he's involved in many extracurricular activities, such as National Honor Society and the drama club.
And there's one club he founded himself. "A couple of friends of mine got together and we decided to make a club called Groves Beautification Operation," he said.
Recently the club repainted some of the hallways, and they are planning to redo the gym's concession stand and a computer lab.
"I thought it was important because our school is not the best, it's not the newest and we need to make some changes," Alan told us. "As students we're responsible for messing up the school, so it's our responsibility to take the first action and show the school board, 'Hey, we need some help.'"
Alan's teachers are often overwhelmed by his achievements. "He has shown extraordinary love of learning since his first day here," said history teacher Angelina Muskin.
They say he's really left his mark on Groves. "Alan is the leader," said Muskin. "Time and again, we need a student leader. 'Well, what's Alan doing?"
Alan credits his parents for his ambition and determination. Now it's just a part of who he is. "I've been put on this earth and I know I can really make a change and just wanting to make a change really motivates me every day," he said.
That's why Alan Goodno is this week's WTOC Top Teen.
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