Alumnus Ciara Thompson
Feb 04, 2013
Alumnus Ciara Thompson hasn’t lost her love for music since she earned her Gold Congressional Award Medal.
“My Personal Development goals especially influenced my life and job choice,” she said. “My exploration into my singing abilities made me decide that music is what I want my life to be about.”
Thompson earned the Bronze, Silver and Gold Congressional Award Medals.
“I am grateful for the program’s teaching me how to set goals and be a leader for a group and for myself,” Thompson said. “If I had not learned how to do this, I would not be where I am on my career path today.”
For Voluntary Public Service, Thompson volunteered at the Laramie County Public Library, crocheted hats and scarves for the Comea Shelter and planned and planted at the Cheyenne Botanic Garden. She also participated in youth service retreats.
“I loved giving my time and effort without expecting anything in return,” she said.
She improved her technical, artistic and performance skills in figure skating and singing for her goals in Personal Development. For Physical Fitness, Thompson set muscle training and endurance goals in daily workouts and figure skating.
Her Exploration was planning a two-week trip to Italy.
Thompson lived in Cheyenne, Wyoming, during the program. Now she lives in Iowa City, Iowa, attending the University of Iowa. She is studying music with an emphasis in voice. Thompson’s long-term goal is to attain a Masters Degree in Ethnomusicology with an emphasis in Irish Music.
At the University of Iowa, Thompson is part of an international diplomacy group called Global Buddies. The group is made up of American and International students and its purpose is to help foreign exchange students become integrated into the campus comfortably.
“Through sharing and explaining cultural norms and more with international students, I have learned a lot about countries all over the world,” Thompson said. “I now have friends from all corners of the earth, thanks to this group.”
Over the summer, Thompson taught a week-long class with the Laramie County Community College Summer Education Enrichment for Kids program. Her class was called “Irish Music – History and Performance.”
During her time at college, Thompson presented a performance lecture entitled “Take Me Back to Ireland” to a few retirement communities.