Creator of Staying Safe Online Project

Krystal is a graduating senior at St. Mary’s Ryken High School in Leonardtown, Maryland. She is enrolled in the in the Humanities Scholar Program that offers an accelerated curriculum and advanced course of study.  Krystal is a goal driven and dynamically focused student with strong written and verbal communication skills. Krystal also demonstrates her leadership skills through her academic and extracurricular involvement.
In the summer of 2018, Krystal was an Intern for FBLA National Conference located in Baltimore, Maryland.  She has continued her work experience through a 2018-2019 Marketing Internship at St. Mary’s Ryken. Through this program, she had the opportunity to design an initiative called the “Knights Table” to promote St. Mary’s Ryken clubs and fundraisers. In this role, she prepares promotional materials for athletic events and open houses. She also creates information displays on the campus television and updates academic bulletin boards throughout campus.
Krystal has continuously held the office of Chapter President of the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) Club, which has a significant impact in the community through service projects and nurturing of future business leaders. Through her involvement in FBLA, she has received several awards over the years. These awards are as follows: Certificate of Appreciation for FBLA Chapter President Role (2018), FBLA Outstanding Accomplishment and Excellence Award (2018), FBLA Business Achievement Award-Future Level (2018), Business Achievement Award- Business Level (2019), Business Achievement Award- Leader Level (2019), Electronic Career Portfolio Regional Winner (2017), and Completion of FBLA Maryland State Conference Certificate (2017).  She is also a member of the Member of National Society of High School Scholars.
Outside of Ryken, Krystal enjoys volunteering and regularly spends time working in the community.  She has volunteered to prepare lunches for the less fortunate at Light House Annapolis and the D.C. Soup Kitchen. She is also an active member of Team Smiley, a team through the American Cancer Society. Through this team, Krystal attends meetings, fundraises, and works at the team booth during the annual Relay for Life. She also volunteers annually at the National Cherry Blossom Parade in Washington, D.C.
Krystal also serves as a mentor to younger girls through leading a Marketing 101 class. This class teaches important fundamentals on marketing and improving confidence when speaking to customers.  She also facilitated an additional workshop on the benefits of friendship and overcoming shyness when trying to make friends.
One of Krystal’s favorite organizations that she has been involved in is the Girl Scouts of America. Krystal has spent the last nine years in Girl Scouts. Through this organization she has earned the Girl Scout Bronze Award and Girl Scout Silver Award.  She is currently completing the requirements for the Girl Scout Take Action Gold Award. 
This project must address an issue that she is passionate about and meet a need in the community.  She is holding a seminar with break out sessions teaching the youth how to stay safe online while using the Internet of Things (IoT).  Internet accessible devices are impacting children at an earlier age than ever before.  It is of the utmost importance for children to learn how to protect themselves, their identities, and devices from the emerging online dangers
She is expecting to complete the Gold Award Take Action project by March 6, 2019.