Serving the school community
It's Jared Bresko's first year at Estacada High School, and he's already an active member of the school community.
Bresko, a senior who transfered to Estacada High this year, is involved with student council, maintaining the baseball field and building the baseball team's new hitting facility.
Bresko has been involved with student council since his freshman year of high school at Damascus Christian. He was a freshman representative and then treasurer for two years in Damascus and is now a senior representative at Estacada High School.
"We have a lot of meaningful projects (in Estacada), like the kindness campaign," Bresko said, referring to the student council's ongoing efforts to promote empathy. As a part of this, they recognize a student who has been kind each month. They also created a box with school supplies to help those who might not otherwise have them readily available for class.
"I see kids picking through it for a pencil all the time," he said, noting that he sometimes uses it himself as well.
Bresko, who plays first base for Estacada High's baseball team and was a member of the Estacada Little League when he was younger, is also one of several students helping build the team's hitting facility. Bresko helped install plywood and insulation for the facility located next to the baseball field.
"It's going to be crucial (for the team)," he said, discussing the completed hitting facility. "All the teams that we face that have a hitting facility, they hit a lot better. I think it's going to be great to get more time out there."
Through a project in his government class, Bresko is also building mallard nesting cylinders in ponds near Estacada. The structures provide an alternative for ducks that do not have natural nesting habitats available.
"It's preventing the loss of wildlife due to urbanization and predation. It's all about conservation," he said. "With the nesting cylinders, the survival rate of the ducklings is 80 percent, but when they nest on the ground it's 0-20 percent."
Bresko is looking forward to seeing the ducks flourish.
"After I put them in, I want to come back and take pictures and see how they did with the success rate," he said.
Community service has been a part of Bresko's life since he was very young.
"Ever since I was a little kid, I was always helping my dad, and my dad was always on the baseball field working on it or doing something in the community," he said. "It's good to be part of the community instead of just reaping the rewards."
Bresko said being involved with the community has taught him many important lessons. With student council in particular, he has seen the value of communication.
"I think communication is key because if you don't communicate then nothing gets done," he said. "At the beginning (of student council meetings), we discuss how everything on student council is going and what needs to be done, and then we break off into groups and just go and do it. I think that's the best way to run a student council."
Though Bresko has spent just one year at Estacada High School, he'll miss the relationships he's formed when he graduates.
"There's quite a few good memories," he said. "There's camaraderie and a sense of security. It's a small school so you can know everybody."
This fall, Bresko will further cultivate his passion for serving the community as he begins his studies at Harding University in Searcy, Ark., where he plans to major in nursing.
"I've always tried to serve people in any way I can. My cousin went to school to be a nurse and she started telling me stories," he said.
He added that the best part of his future career will be the relationships.
"It's helping people through hard times but also being there for good times," he said. "I want to be a nurse in eastern Oregon, in a smaller hospital that sees everything. I enjoy small towns (because) there's a big sense of community. I just love it."