Baldwinsville Optimists name May Student of the Month

Sparks is an ambassador for the People to People Program, which strives to promote patriotism, work for international accord and friendship among all people. People to People organizes expeditions that gives their ambassadors an opportunity to visit other countries, meet some of their citizens and try to understand another culture. Sparks told the Optimist Club about an expedition that he and several other young people took in 2010 to New Zealand/Australia.

"The Maori Tribe in New Zealand pretty much doesn't have many visitors, however the Maori allow the People to People Program to bring their young ambassadors to meet with the tribe," he said.

Sparks was a member of Key Club, a club committed to bettering the community, for three years. He was in the Environmental Club in his junior and senior years.

"I've participated in awareness projects, recycling initiatives and fund raisers to protect our natural community," he said of the club.

Sparks is also a member of the Baker Transition/Jenna's Mentors Team. The team encourages and supports students while they make the transition from Durgee Junior High into Baker high school and stands as a model to younger students.

"Next year I will attend Northeastern University in Boston. I plan on a major of international business and an international affairs minor. I'm not exactly sure what type of jobs will be available after college, but I will be involved in business," Sparks said. "I have truly enjoyed working in the Hive, the school store. I currently work as a shift supervisor responsible for all aspects of store maintenance, including cash-ups, sales, marketing, and inventory.

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