Eisenhower High School senior Hailey Adkison, 18, poses for a photo following her senior night. Hailey competes on the varsity dance team at Eisenhower High School in Yakima, Wash. Adkison is currently on track to compete at the district meet. The meet is scheduled to be on March 2, 2019, at Selah High School. (Hannah Boucher of Eisenhower High School / Unleashed)

Eisenhower High School has seen its fair share of leadership students come and go throughout the years, and many of them have gone on to be very successful. However, it seems that none will leave their mark quite like senior Hailey Adkison, the school’s current ASB president.

Beginning her freshman year, Adkison knew she wanted to be involved with Eisenhower’s leadership team. Much to her satisfaction, she was selected to join the group of freshman officers after undergoing the quite competitive process of intensive interviews. Over the next four years, Adkison was very involved with the Eisenhower leadership team by planning dances, organizing assemblies, and decorating the school commons with beautiful posters.

She said: “Being ASB president has allowed me to continue my passion for the students of Eisenhower and their connections with each other. It has most definitely brought upon many challenges and time-consuming projects, but nothing that I don’t enjoy or love to do. I see leadership as a servitude, and any opportunity I find to serve I will most definitely take it.”

Adkison has built up quite a list of credentials to her name during high school.

“I like to think I’ve left my mark on Ike. Being a part of drama, dance, cheer, volleyball, debate, marching band, and so many other clubs, I was able to make connections with individuals who may not have received that energy otherwise. I genuinely care about Ike’s students and their passions. (I) try my hardest to show my appreciation.”

It’s very clear that Adkison is passionate about her school, and about the student there. To her, it doesn’t matter where you come from, it’s about what you bring to the table. The ASB president feels she is able to see the potential in every person she meets, encouraging them to reach for the stars and achieve their goals.

One moment Adkison will always remember is her first as ASB president doing a spirit check, which is the competition to see which class can raise the most amount of noise in expressing their level of school spirit.

As she recalls: “From being in leadership from freshman year and watching the ASB president hype up the school (when I was) a 14-year-old, to then being the one actually doing it was a surreal feeling. I became the ASB president I always looked up to my entire high school career.”

After graduation, Adkison plans on attending a four-year university, most likely the University of Washington, Montana State University or the University of Montana, and adds that she hopes to receive over $50,000 in academic scholarships. However, she would like to “keep options open” while still “keeping the end goal in mind.” Her main goal is to pursue a career in orthodontia. So, whichever school promises the highest success rate in that field will be the one she chooses.

While the future is still unclear about which school she will go to, one thing is for certain: She will definitely continue with leadership in college.

As to any advice she has for the future ASB presidents at Eisenhower, the senior unsurprisingly has an endless list of suggestions to share with the student body:

“Continue to serve EVERY DAY. Every president is different, which is OK. Always, always, always spread kindness, especially to those you don’t know or regularly talk to. Reach out to students who may be lost. Love what you do!”

Hannah Boucher is a senior at Eisenhower High School.

Hannah Boucher is an incoming senior at Eisenhower High School and is a member of the Yakima Herald-Republic’s Unleashed program for teen journalists.