Sitting in her English class at St. Vincent's Academy, 16-year-old Dominique Trappio appears to be a quiet young lady.
But her actions definitely speak louder than words. "I play soccer," said Dominique. "I'm a goalkeeper and a forward. I'm an honor student. I like volunteer work. I love working with kids. I coach at the YMCA."
On top of numerous volunteer duties, Dominique finds time to work with 5 and 6-year-olds at the Habersham YMCA. And while teaching the little ones about such things as respect and honesty, she learns a few lessons herself.
"I learn to appreciate others, work with them better, and I learn that everybody has a different way of thinking, a different way of learning things and doing things," said Dominique.
"I think Dominique's willingness to take on a task that she's either asked to do or that she sees there is a need, she steps forward and volunteers and does that," said assistant principal Sr. Pat Coward. "I think because she's quiet, her classmates are probably not aware of how much hard work she does in volunteering."
She has dreams of becoming an engineer, as well as a member of the US Olympic soccer team. But until then, she wants to remain busy throughout the community, and encourages others to do the same.
"There are plenty of things you can do out there," said Dominique. "Find a volunteer job. Many people post jobs in the newspaper, on the Internet, wherever. Just find something to do."
So for her positive "just do it" attitude in all areas of her life, Dominique Trappio is this week's WTOC Top Teen.
Reported By: Karla Redditte, firstname.lastname@example.org