Abigail Issarraras is a moving picture of energy, a student volunteer on the run. A junior at Incarnate Word High School, she masterfully juggles advanced placement classes, theater rehearsals, Latin Club meetings and multiple service responsibilities, on and off campus.
"Abigail is an outstanding student, a good leader on campus who can do a multitude of things," says April Garza, junior-senior counselor at Incarnate Word. "She's going full force here, strives for more and always excels. She's an absolutely good time manager."
When not studying, Abigail might be serving as Latin Club treasurer. Or giving tours and promoting the school as an Ambassador. She spends her summers as a camp volunteer for children and adults with special needs.
Since receiving a scholarship from Viola's Huge Heart Foundation, Abigail has devoted herself to serving others. Viola Barrios, the late restaurateur for whom the scholarship award is named, has become Abigail's role model.
"I'm sorry I never got to meet her," Abigail says. "But I have heard she was dedicated to helping people and was so compassionate -- two qualities I want to have. Everything I'm involved with at school and at work -- I want to make her proud."
To her surprise, Abigail received the scholarship while graduating from Little Flower Middle School. She wants to study occupational therapy.
"I volunteer whenever I can, whenever the school needs volunteers," she says. "I am so blessed to have received this scholarship. It makes me want to reach out any way I can."