Alumnus Kali Goins
Nov 01, 2012
“The goals I set and achieved in the Congressional Award program have helped pave the way to bigger goals,” Kali Goins, Wyoming Congressional Award alumnus, said.
Goins, formerly known as Kali Gentleman during her time in the program, earned her Bronze, Silver and Gold Congressional Award Medals and Certificates. She received her Gold Medal in 2009.
“The biggest impact this program had on me was that I learned how to achieve a goal,” Goins said. “I learned the process of motivating myself to finish a project all the way through, regardless of the hardships and setbacks.”
For Voluntary Public Service, Goins volunteered at the Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum and participated in community beautification projects. She also helped with the annual Wyoming Congressional Award Jackson Golf Tournament.
The Voluntary Public Service aspect was her favorite part of the program as she believes it is important for individuals to be involved in the community.
“I grew to really appreciate and love volunteer work,” Goins said. “By volunteering, I was able to broaden my horizons and meet some truly remarkable people.
Goins improved her piano-playing skills, served as Parliamentarian of her 4-H Club and learned more about world history through a variety of literature for her Personal Development goals.
In the area of Physical Fitness, she worked to improve her soccer skills as a member of the women’s soccer team at Cheyenne Central High School.
“As a result of the program, I took an interest in activities I would have overlooked otherwise, like soccer,” she said.
For her Expedition/Exploration goals, Goins went camping and planned a family trip. She also traveled to Southern Italy and Sicily for two weeks.
Goins lived in Cheyenne, Wyoming, but now lives in Bedizzole, Italy with her husband. She is attending Western Governor’s University where she is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies for K-8. Goins chose this major because of her work at the Old West Museum with child summer camps where she learned how much she enjoys working with children.
As she is unable to work in Italy, she spends time reading, traveling and playing with Bichon Havanese puppy, Lily.
“I will always carry the love of volunteering with me, and it is a joy I hope to share with my children someday,” Goins said. “I cannot wait to return to the States where I can get involved again!”