By Julia A. Keirns


Haley Schlegel was born and raised in Paulding. She graduated from Paulding High School in 2015. She then moved to Chattanooga, Tennessee to attend the University of Tennessee and is currently a double major studying criminal justice and child and family studies.

Schlegel works for a criminal defense attorney and is on the path to law school. While in high school, Haley was introduced to St. Jude and did some local fundraising. When she moved to Tennessee for college, she became more involved with the St. Jude Up ‘til Dawn campaign. 

The St. Jude Up ‘til Dawn is a fundraising program that is on college campuses all over the nation.

While working with this program, she first served as a participant, then became the social media chair, and finally wrapped it up with serving as executive director of the UT program. Her campus has raised over $125,000 in their three years with the program.  

Over this past summer, Schlegel was asked to attend the St. Jude Collegiate Leadership Seminar in Memphis. She was invited without knowing that she had won an award for her outstanding service to St. Jude. “I was invited and didn’t know I won an award,” she says. “It was a complete shock!”  

“Over the conference, we learned more about St. Jude, took a tour and heard from the leadership of the organization,” Schlegel continues. “I was named the St. Jude Student Visionary of the Year.” 

There are only three individual awards given out each year from St. Jude. This particular award is given to a college student who has exemplified the qualities of a visionary leader.

Schlegel states that while there, she was selected to do a sit-down interview with the St. Jude marketing team, which can be found online at 

Schlegel says that she donates monthly to St. Jude and wants everyone to know that no amount is too small. She also donates a lot of time. Some of the things she has done include being featured on their local news station to spread the mission of St. Jude and doing interviews with the St. Jude team.

She volunteers for all the local St. Jude events such as the Rodeo, Dreamhouse and Radiothons.

“There are tons of things you can do to get involved,” she says. “Donating monetarily or with approved items are super helpful to St. Jude.” 

A list of approved items can be found online at 

Most importantly, Schlegel says that donating your time is the most rewarding experience.

Each area has different events, so she would ask that you check out St. Jude’s website to find out how you can get more involved. 

“St. Jude is a place where no family receives a bill for travel, treatment, food or housing,” she states. “It is constantly doing research and sharing that research with other hospitals all around the world to change the way we treat and defeat childhood cancer. It is definitely a worthwhile charity to get involved with.” 

For more information on how you can get more involved with St. Jude, please check out their website at