LEWISBURG - The 2012 valedictorian of Shamokin Area Middle-High School is making an impact on the lives of others.

Jessica Britton, a sophomore at Bucknell University, served as the survivorship chair at the university's Relay For Life April 26. She holds the position through the university's chapter of Colleges Against Cancer, a nationwide collaboration of colleges dedicated to eliminating cancer by working to implement the programs and mission of the American Cancer Society.

As chair, she was in charge of planning a reception at the beginning of the 24-hour relay. Her duties leading up to event included contacting more than 20 survivors from Lewisburg and preparing gifts for them.

During the reception, she introduced the guest speaker and welcomed cancer survivors and their families.

"It was so rewarding. When you talk to people who have battled cancer, it makes you look at life differently," Britton said. "Looking back, it was one of the most life-changing experiences."

Britton is on a pre-medical track and has a double major in English and chemistry. In high school, she was the captain of the girls' varsity basketball team, president of the chemistry club and member of varsity club, key club and The Works Club.

Britton volunteers at the Pediatric Oncology Unit at Janet Weis Children's Hospital, helped to make holiday cards for patients of the unit and assisted with a 5K race that raised $1,000 for Evangelical Community Hospital.