Faith Chadwick, Phoenix, AZ (BASIS Peoria). Faith has volunteered with Homeward Bound, a non-profit for homeless families; and has served as a mentor and tutor for middle and high school students. She volunteered with 1Mission, helping to build a house in Mexico. She has also participated in the Model United Nations for the past four years, and was recognized as the "Best Delegate" in 2018 and 2019.
Faith plans to attend Arizona State University and eventually become a physician assistant.
Dakota Kirk, Tucson, AZ ( Catalina High School). Dakota is fluent in American Sign Language (ASL) and volunteers with Bridge the Gap American Sign Language Club, teaching ASL
vocabulary and grammar and deaf culture information in order to foster a culture of understanding and awareness towards the Deaf community. She will attend the University of Arizona Honors College and double-major in Biomedical Engineering and Sign Language Interpreting.
Maggie Jackson, Colorado Springs, CO (Pine Creek High School).
When Maggie noticed the restaurant where she works was tossing dozens of loaves of bread each evening,
she received permission to donate the bread to the rescue mission in downtown Colorado Springs.
Maggie also founded her own business, Make A Difference (MAD) Scrunchies and donates 50% of the profits to a local charity each month. She plans to attend Brigham Young University and major in business, with a minor in nonprofit management.
Melissa MacDonald, Divide, CO (Manitou Springs High School in May).
Melissa is a volunteer who teaches piano and guitar to students with special needs including attention deficit challenges and autism. She also volunteers with the Summit County ambulance crew during her school breaks and is part of Sources of Strength, a program to promote connections to help prevent suicides. She plans to major in Molecular Biology for pre-med at the University of Puget Sound in Washington.
Gwen Morgan-Flowers, Ft Defiance, AZ (St Michael Indian School). Gwen founded the Native American Music Fund Program at Ft Defiance, where she led the effort to raise funds to purchase and distribute 400 instruments to Navajo children, and was a junior coordinator of the Navajo Coat Drive in Window Rock, AZ. She wants to become a lawyer focusing on international law.
Hannah Pond, Mesa, AZ (Red Mountain High School). Hannah has volunteered with St. Bridget's Catholic Church, teaching catechism classes and Vacation Bible School. Hannah also tutors students in math, and volunteers at Bridges Preschool. She will major in biomedical engineering and has been accepted at several universities, including the University of Arizona Honors College.
Grace Schlenker, Phoenix, AZ (Arcadia High School).
Grace is the founder and President of Arcadia DreamCatchers Club, a chapter of the Hospice DreamCatcher
Foundation. Through the club, Grace helps fulfill the final wishes of terminally ill people. She is also a leader in Unitown, a national youth leadership and diversity training program. She will attend either Auburn University or Barrett Honors College at Arizona State University, majoring in business or marketing.
Emma Suttell, Anthem, AZ (Boulder Creek High School). Emma is the chapter president of the Veterans Heritage Project where she has written veterans'
stories for publication in an annual book; coordinated activities of other student volunteers in the project; and hosted the annual ceremony honoring veterans whose stories are published in the book. Emma also volunteers as a youth ministry coach at her church, Christ's Church of the Valley. She will attend Northwestern University as a journalism major with a potential double major in legal studies or Spanish.
When I was 13 years old, I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. Learning how to manage my disease wasn’t the hard part. What was hard was accepting that Type 1 Diabetes was now part of me, forever. The hospital was wonderful bringing
me back to health, but they weren’t so great at making me feel…okay.
This experience inspired me to join a group of teens at the University of Arizona Medical Center (now Banner) who wanted to make the hospital a more friendly and comfortable place.
I was involved in this volunteer work for the rest of middle and high school and into college. During my time at the medical center, I became immersed in the research occurring there. I was so interested that I spent a more than half
of my college time conducting medical research, on projects such as catching cancer cells before they spread from their tumor to a new site in the body, using stem cells to generate new cartilage for the knee, and of course, working
on a cure for Type 1 Diabetes.
I have continued this passion through a PhD program at the University of Michigan Medical School where I work full-time on research. As I continue down this path, I am more confident each day that
this is how I can make the biggest impact in my community and in the world.