- Aggie Fricke, senior
- The Lovett School
Aggie Fricke started Chinese language lessons in the seventh grade. Her study has developed into a passion.
Last year, she won a contest for her Chinese language skills. This summer, she plans to visit China for four weeks to study the language at a Chinese University and to experience the culture of the country’s capital, Beijing.
She plans on taking Advanced Placement Chinese when she returns to Lovett in the fall, and credits her passion for the language to “my wonderful teacher, Betty Hu.”
But Aggie is known for more than her successful mastery of a language that notoriously proves difficult for English speakers. Another aspect of her life is community service. She recently received the 11th grade service award at Lovett.
“Aggie Fricke is an amazing young woman who makes service opportunities available to so many of her peers,” said Angela Morris-Long, one of Aggie’s teachers.
Aggie serves as co-captain of Lovett’s student service board. She and others on the board tutor students in elementary and middle school, spending up to about 90 minutes a day helping the younger students.
In addition to her work on the service board, Aggie regularly volunteers at the Agape Community Center, and recently led the student effort for the first Vinings-Smyrna Relay for Life, a walk for teams that raised $100,000 for cancer research and the American Cancer Society, Morris-Long said.
In March, Aggie came up with an idea for a night where Lovett parents could drop off their children for a night of babysitting by students in return for donations to the cancer charity. The program ended up making $2,000. Aggie also designed the T-shirts for the cause.
Aggie also is a member of the Magnolia Club, which connects older Lovett girls to younger ones as mentors in school and in their personal lives.
She is also involved in many of activities outside school, including the youth program at Peachtree Presbyterian Church. She helps at vacation Bible school and with service projects.
Lovett parents and students can participate in an Atlanta service-based community called Project Horizon. “I’ve been a member of this group since seventh grade, but I started serving on the committee in ninth grade,” Aggie said.
Aggie is also interested in sports. She plays on the varsity golf team at Lovett and plays soccer with the Tophat Soccer Club in Buckhead.
Aggie is a rising senior and will return to Lovett in the fall. She is looking at colleges she may want to apply to, but hasn’t settled on a favorite yet.
–Emma McCabe, student at Riverwood International Charter High School