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NOMINATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED.
We will be in touch with the nominated teens, or their nominators, should we need any further information as we move through the review process.
Thank you! We look forward to celebrating these outstanding teens with you soon.
"Searching For Teen Leaders" is a Project Love® program that places nomination posters and ballots in 300 high schools and middle schools, all public libraries, and hundreds of retail sites. The program enables schools, retail partners and families to catch teens doing good and highlights the accomplishments of teen leaders in grades 7-12.
Geneva High School
Nominated by: Betsy Deering
Emily is a beautiful person inside and out. She was nine years old when she showcased her talents at the local winter festival, and she has been heavily involved with the Geneva Community ever since. She has been a 4-H camp counselor at Camp Whitewood, a member of National Honor Society, Student Council, and a Science Fair qualifier. In 2013, Emily was selected to participate in a mentorship program at University Hospitals in Geneva .
Emily is passionate about her community and has represented it as the 50th Miss Grapette. As Miss Grapette she has traveled throughout Ohio promoting the Grape Jamboree and encouraging all those that she comes into contact with to be all that they can be. As Miss Grapette she participated Shop with a Cop, Prom for the Disabled, visited nursing homes, handed out home made holiday cards, adopted three families for the holidays and helped raise over a ton of food for the Geneva Food Pantry.
In addition, Emily is an All American Athlete, an OHSAA All Academic for the past 2 years and was Student Athlete of the Week on Channel 5 in 2013. Whether through her volunteer activities, athletics or community endeavors, Emily is a true leader.
Saint Joseph Academy
Nominated by: Anne Hribar
Tireless, independent, open to diversity and change, and free-thinking are just a few words that describe Annaliese. She has been serving the greater Cleveland community for most of her life through a vast array of outreach and service initiatives. Whether at the Cleveland Orchestra, Playhouse Square, the Cleveland Animal Protective League or The Arrupe Neighborhood Partnership, Annaliese volunteers her time and her heart.
As a regular with the Saint Ignatius High School Labre Ministry, Annaliese has served the homeless and assisted in preparing food items, gathered in prayer, and hit the streets serving and socializing with many victims of homelessness. She has also supported the Saint Edwards Rowing team by raising money and awareness for autism and cancer research. Recently, Annaliese traveled to Logan County where she spent time helping refurbish homes and working with children who are the poorest of the poor in the country.
Devoting over 400 service hours in just two years, we thank Annaliese for her continued efforts to make the world a better place.
Bay High School
Nominated by: Therese Koomar
Katie is a leader in her church, school, community and family. Since 7th grade she has volunteered as a "buddy" and planned activities for Special needs students and their families. At school, Katie serves as Vice President in Student Government, a leader in HUDDLE (Helping us Develop Dedication Leadership and Enthusiasm) and is devoted to PAL (Pupil Assisted Learning) where she spends time outside of school hours with her Special needs peers.
In her community, Katie is a passionate volunteer with the Village Project, a non-profit organization that cooks meals and provides services for community members with cancer and their families. As part of her Girl Scout Gold Award, Katie designed and implemented a successful program that involved the Special Education students at Bay High with the Village Project. Katie is also a student trustee for the Bay Village Education Foundation, an honor given to only two students from each class.
Thank you, Katie, for your leadership and for serving as an example for your fellow students and family.
Notre Dame – Cathedral Latin School
Nominated by: Mary Ann Krevh
An honor student at Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin School (NDCL), Rachel enjoys volunteering and participating in various school and service activities. Having volunteered at University Hospitals in Cleveland, she has provided reading materials and snacks to cancer patients at the Seidman Cancer Center and devoted her time to the Hospice of the Western Reserve. Rachel has also participated in Young Neighbors in Action (YNIA) service week that is organized by the youth ministry groups from numerous area churches. Her involvement provided amazing opportunities for service learning about social justice, Church teachings and faith sharing with other young people from around the United States.
Rachel has served as a team leader at a summer camp for school-aged children of Slovenian-descent, and volunteers each year at the Diocese of Cleveland Family festival, and The Fest, in Wickliffe, OH. As a member of NDCL’s Dance team, she proudly performs at halftime during basketball games, school pep rallies and other special occasions.
Rachel is truly an amazing and inspirational young woman who is eager to make an impact in the world around her.
Beaumont High School
Nominated by: Karen Martin
Jordan has demonstrated great leadership skills since she was a little girl. In junior high, she started by going “green” and starting a recycling program for her school as well as volunteering at a battered women’s shelter.
Now a senior in high school, Jordan continues to devote her time to various organizations and activities. Whether a member of Student Council, SADD, Ambassadors Club or the Irish American Club, Jordan generously gives of her time and energy to her school, as well as her church as a Sunday School teacher, Vacation Bible School group leader, Youth Mission Leader, and Relay for Life Team Captain. Her passion for Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society has inspired Jordan to organize a new club at her school that promotes awareness and raises funds for cancer charities.
At 12 years old, Jordan started her own non-profit organization, Jordan's Wishing Well. Her organization raises awareness and funds for clean water wells in Liberia, Africa. To date, Jordan has financially put in 12 wells in villages near Monrovia. She has also started a consignment store for prom and homecoming dresses called, Say Yes to HER Dress, and she has sold 244 dresses during the 29 days of operation and also features jewelry where 100% of the money paid goes to Ears to You, a non-profit that provides earrings to women and girls going through chemotherapy.
Thank you, Jordan, for being an inspiration to us all.
Kenston High School
Nominated by: Kim Martorana
It may be a sign that Gabriel was born on Presidents Day in the year 2000…he was born to be a leader. Gabriel has been described by those who know him as a "rare" student who carries himself with maturity and is loved by everyone from his peers to adults. An accomplished student, he is also a member of the Science Olympiad team and the 4H Greener Fields Club while still finding time to participate in the Great Geauga County Fair and the Kenston Varsity Football team.
Perhaps even more impressive is Gabriel’s devotion to being a Peer Buddy and working with the special needs students at Kenston High School. By participating in school activities, summer programs and field trips, Gabriel gives up his free time to spend time with the students and their families. He even takes part in a special program that allows him engage in studies about children with disabilities as well as working with them in the classroom.
With endless grace and charisma, Gabriel appreciates that hard work pays off and that you must "Be the change you want to see in the world.”
St. Ignatius High School
Nominated by: Linda Gabor
From academics to athletics, there is only one word to describe Jack’s commitment and character: EXCELLENCE. Recently, Jack was named an AP Scholar and was designated a Commended Student in the National Merit competition.
While Jack is impressive in the classroom, his outside-the-classroom endeavors are equally as impressive, if not more so. Jack is a member of the Saint Joseph of Arimathea Pallbearer Ministry, a counselor and tutor at a youth camp for underprivileged children and has organized and ran a summer lacrosse camp for kindergarten through fifth-graders of which all of the proceeds are donated to Fisher House, a home where military and veterans’ families can stay at no cost while a loved one is receiving treatment at a local hospital. As captain of the varsity hockey team, Jack and other members of the hockey team volunteer with Special Olympics to help youngsters with physical and/or mental disabilities to learn the game of hockey.
Never judgmental but always kind and accepting, Jack is a true leader.
Shore Middle School
Nominated by: Kristi Harper
Nic Nadolski is a technology WIZ with a heart of gold, and he generously devotes his time and energy to sharing his knowledge, kindness and enthusiasm with his teachers and peers at Shore Middle School.
The head of the student advisory board for technology, Nic has become the school’s very own, in-school IT tech. He gives of his free time by aiding for teachers, helping the staff and students with issues, helping the students who are struggling, and even fixing devices that are not working. Nic’s confidence, patience and curiosity to solve problems has been appreciated by all, and it has even contributed to the success of the school’s first Blended Learning program, which led to his teacher wining an Excellence in Teaching Award.
Nic is also a student council representative and works to help the Rachel’s Challenge Club analyze why students don’t feel a part of the school. Nic knows and encourages others to see that everyone can be successful no matter what their background or resources, and for that, we thank Nic for all he does each and every day.
Independence High School
Nominated by: Eileen Hawkins, ASGC
Elena shows kindness, caring and respect in many ways through her constant leadership and volunteerism. She has a passion for helping kids with disabilities and actively promotes messages of tolerance, anti-bullying, and making positive decisions to her peers. Elena’s involvement with activities such as the City of Independence’s ICAN program, Cornerstone of Hope, St. Basil the Great Life Teen and the Autism Society of Greater Cleveland’s (ASGC) Summer Camp allows her to live by her favorite quote, “To the world you may be one person, but to one person, you may be the world.”
As the second year president of Independence High School’s STAND (Students Taking a New Direction) Club, Elena has spread awareness about the importance of making positive decisions that will result in a lifetime of happiness. She also continues her involvement with Student Council, Kiwanis Key Club and School Choir. This past spring, she was a recipient of the Outstanding Peer Achievement Award for establishing positive relationships, assisting students with disabilities, and being an exemplary role model.
Thank you, Elena, for building a community of kindness, caring and respect wherever you go.
Brush High School
Nominated by: Alfreda Wynne
Tyler is a strong and brave young man who tackles any obstacle with kindness and respect. At a young age, Tyler began to stutter. Determined not to let stuttering be a roadblock to his success, he did whatever it took to face his speech impediment head on. After winning countless, oratorical contests, he continues to speak at various programs and events throughout the country.
Tyler believes that he must demonstrate that character and integrity mean something in this world. As he began school at Brush High School, Tyler faced several challenges, and he quickly realized that he had to get the help he needed to succeed. Soon after, Tyler was identified as an exceptional youth in the city of South Euclid and shadowed the mayor for a day. During this time he also managed to start an internship, play two sports, volunteer over 100 hours of community service work, be selected as outstanding youth leader by the Delta Foundation and get appointed President of the MAC (Minority Achievement Committee) Scholars.
Tyler is a teen leader because he truly believes in doing what is right and treating all people with fairness and respect.
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