My name is Kailey Schissler, and I am the 2021-2022 Maryland Yacht Club Princess. Prior to being crowned Princess, I enjoyed two years serving as MYC Junior Princess from 2019-2021. As Princess, I am in a student ambassador role, learning and practicing public speaking and professional conduct, leadership, team work, time management, event planning, fundraising, and volunteerism as I support my community and the many yacht clubs around the Chesapeake Bay on behalf of Maryland Yacht Club.
Being Princess provides me the opportunity to help others in a way I otherwise wouldn't be able to on my own. With the support of the yacht club community behind me, I have been able to start, organize, and manage multiple donation drives for our military and fundraising events for the MYC Junior Sailing program. For the Wounded Warriors Day on the Bay event, it was my pleasure to create, set up, and manage a donation drive at six locations across Anne Arundel County, collecting nearly 1,000 items including school supplies, toys, gifts, gift certificates, and even secured the grand prize with the generosity of my community and the WWDoB team. Because of my efforts, I was honored to thank and speak to a crowd of over 200 military heroes and guests, including 58 wounded warriors and their families, four Gold Star families and mothers, 8 Vietnam veterans, the Queen of the Chesapeake, 51 boats’ captains and mates, and 11 yacht clubs. Additionally, I created and managed a donation drive across two counties to support Operation Gratitude's Handmade with Love initiative, collecting 118 handcrafted scarves and hats to send to our military stationed all over the world giving them some warm comforts of home.
I attend Chesapeake High School (CHS) as a junior Superintendent’s Honor Roll student, taking honors and advanced placement (AP) classes and earning straight A's and awards for science, art, sports, and multiple essay contests. I had the privilege of being invited to The Fleet Reserve Club and The American Legion Auxiliary Department of Maryland where I received three monetary awards for my 1st place essay contest submissions, the first highlighting steps toward decreasing Veteran Homelessness, and the second explaining the importance of the Freedom of Speech. As a member of the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS), I participated in the Polar Bear Plunge, a program that raises money for athletes of Special Olympics Maryland. I am currently a member of the National Honors Society (NHS) where I offer tutoring services to students in collaboration with the Advancement via Individual Determination program as well as Key Club. For my senior year, I accepted a job offer for a highly competitive work study program with the Department of Defense, and I will also take AP courses and continue playing high school and club sports. As for after high school, I fully intend to go to college and am researching and narrowing in on a field of study, degree, and university.
Along with my focus on education, I am very active in athletics. At Chesapeake High School, I am a member of the Cougars varsity soccer team, varsity indoor track and field team, varsity track and field team, CHS dance program, and played goalie on the junior varsity lacrosse team as a freshman and sophomore. Outside of high school, I've played club soccer since I was four years old and am a member of the Pasadena Soccer Club’s Travel Elite Development Program. I've enjoyed dancing with the Creative Force Dance Center, as well as golfing with the Compass Point Golf Course golf camp. Aside from sports activities, I am a part of the CHS Orchestra and have been playing the violin for my school since the third grade, while outside of school, I play and compose my own piano music, play the guitar and ukulele, and have even enjoyed teaching myself a few songs on the clarinet and cello.
I love to travel and am thankful to have had the opportunity to travel around the U.S. as well as outside the country to Canada, Mexico, Bahamas, France, Germany, Switzerland, and Japan, expanding my experiences and knowledge of the world. My interests also include any and every form of art, and I was lucky enough to have one of my art pieces displayed at the Walters Art Museum influencing my love for the hobby, as well as traveling, spending time with friends and family, and, of course, boating! In fact, one thing I’ve learned here at MYC is that learning to sail isn’t just fun for adults. I learned to sail my very own sailboat! The MYC Junior Sailing program helped me develop independence, confidence, and teamwork, which is why I’ve chosen MYC Junior Sailing 501(c)3 as my charity to help other kids do the same. My goal is to fundraise enough donations to buy several more O’pen skiffs for our junior sailors to learn and experience new skills and sailing adventures.