Runnels Senior Wins State Fair Service Award
Kalyee Freiberger, a senior, has won the 2018 Outstanding High School Volunteer Award from the Greater Baton Rouge State Fair Foundation. She was presented with the award, which includes a $500 scholarship, by Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser at a ceremony at the state fair on Oct. 28.
The honor recognizes high school students who have performed outstanding volunteer service at school and throughout the community. Every year, one student from each high school in East Baton Rouge, Ascension, and Livingston Parishes is selected to receive the award. Kalyee was nominated by the Runnels administration for her genuine kindness and generosity toward others and her many hours of volunteer work.
Kalyee is a member of the National Honor Society and serves as an officer in the Sr. Beta Club and the Junior Classical League. As the Sr. Beta treasurer during the past two years, she has participated in multiple service projects including Thanksgiving Food Drives for the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank, Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program, and a relief project for those affected by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.
Through her church, she has done extensive mission work, participating in outreach projects in Canada and Chicago. This summer, she combined mission work with her interest in music. As a member of the Louisiana Baptist All-State Youth Choir, she toured areas of the southeast, participating in performance opportunities and helping those in need. In Atlanta, she made meals for the homeless and served them along a highway, and in Birmingham she helped out at a nursing home and did outreach with at risk juveniles.
Kalyee said she will use the $500 scholarship for college. She plans to be a science major and follow a pre-med track.
She is the daughter of Michael Freiberger and the late Sarah Freiberger.