Agnes Robeson Bell
Louise S. McGehee School
Agnes Robeson Bell
Cheryl Gerber Photographs
Since the seventh grade, Agnes “Aggie” Robeson Bell, a senior at Louise S. McGehee School, has sponsored a Ugandan girl named Namanda Agnes through Compassion International.
The two write letters to each other and include pictures, cards and drawings. To fund her education, healthcare and amenities, Bell makes and sells bracelets with a small business called “Aggie for Agnes.”
Bell says, “Sponsoring Agnes has definitely been the most rewarding experience for me because I’ve watched her grow over the years. Although I have never met Agnes, I can see the difference in her life, and it makes me even more driven to enact change for others.”
Her junior year, Bell and a friend started a Harry Potter-themed community service club at McGehee. The club’s main activities were watching movies and sharing favorite quotes, but they also partnered with Ronald McDonald House to make meals, organized clothing drives for Bridge House and hosted bake sales for Relay for Life and the Susan B. Komen Foundation.
“When I serve our community, I see people – including myself – from a new perspective. Although I give help to others, I sometimes find that I am also in the ‘receiving’ category,” says Bell.
Outside of school, Bell is a Youth Elder on the Session of St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church. She also regularly attends Youth Group and participates in their summer service program, “Camp RHINO.” This summer the group worked in the Edible Schoolyard in the morning and in the afternoon got to know residents at the Magnolia School. Since freshman year, Bell has served as a team captain for the local Relay for Life, and this year she’s head of its Accounting Committee.
At McGehee she’s a member of the National Honor Society, National Art Honor Society and Beta Club. She is also Co-President of Mu Alpha Theta and Co-Editor-in-Chief of Mélange, McGehee’s literary magazine. This past year Bell served as Student Body President and as captain of the cross country team and a member of the tennis team.
In 2011, Bell was chosen to represent the maid Joan of Arc in the Krewe of Joan of Arc’s parade. Bell’s French teacher, Lil Pinney, encouraged her to apply and helped foster Bell’s love of the French language.
In addition to her volunteering and school activities, Bell enjoys cooking, reading and drinking tea as well as playing the piano, banjo and guitar. Wherever college brings her, Bell plans on being an active leader in Relay for Life in that city.