GROSSE POINTE FARMS, Mich. (Dec. 18, 2018) – On Tuesday, De La Salle Collegiate senior Joseph Pierce (Harrison Township) received the William E. Lacey Memorial Community Service Award from the Grosse Pointe Sunrise Rotary Club.
Pierce received his award – which included a $500 scholarship – during a special breakfast held at The Hill Seafood & Chophouse in Grosse Pointe Farms.
The award recognizes Pierce for his vast volunteer efforts and community service projects, which he has been involved in since he was 10 years old.
Pierce, who hopes to one day become an anesthesiologist, is in De La Salle’s rigorous International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, where community service is a requirement for graduation.
Since he also plays hockey and baseball at De La Salle, having the ability to juggling time between classwork, community service, and athletics has been paramount to his overall success.
“I’ve been playing hockey and baseball throughout my school career for my entire life, but with IB, it’s a whole different beast,” said Pierce, who maintains a 4.11 grade-point average. “Being in IB and playing both of these sports it really helped me with my time-management skills, so I know I can’t lay off anything. I have to go home and do all of my homework so I can get to practice on time, and come home, get to sleep, and take care of myself.
“I’ve always been a good worker and I’ve always tried to get my work done on time, or ahead of time. It’s definitely enhanced my time-management skills, and it definitely doesn’t allow me to procrastinate one bit.”
For service, IB students volunteer with the Detroit-based charity Summer in City. Students also spent a number of hours volunteering at local schools, community gardens, and Veterans Hospital. The IB program has been a very rewarding experience, Pierce said. It’s deepened his appreciation for serving his community, which, he says, will continue well after his days at De La Salle.
“Outside of IB, I’ve been involved with the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer organization,” said Pierce, who attended L’Anse Creuse Middle School Central. “My grandmother is a 30-year survivor, so it’s been around me my entire life.”
Pierce estimates he has raised more than $7,000 for the international charity.
Because he wants to study pre-med in college, Pierce added McLaren Macomb Hospital to his list of volunteer jobs last summer. There, he was a bed-side manner volunteer.
His college options include academic scholarship offers from Wayne State University and Oakland University, and a baseball scholarship from Concordia University in Ann Arbor. He’s also been accepted to Western Michigan University and Michigan State University.
“I credit most of my success to the school,” Pierce said. “I came into De La Salle with a hard work ethic, but coming in and taking these rigorous academic classes, and then joining the IB program just added on to it. I credit most of my success to that.”