Kids these days are amazing. Not only are they smart, tech savvy and hard working, but many of them are taking their ideas outside the classroom and turning them into passions in their communities.
In 2018, Chesapeake Family Life decided to honor local kids between grades 6 and 11 who are leaders, innovators, community activists and stellar volunteers. We asked area schools and parents to nominate these standout students and subsequently chose nine students from the area. The nine kids, who were nominated by parents, friends and teachers are nothing short of phenomenal. They included the founder of a nonprofit clothes donation business, a nationally ranked BMX rider, a gun control activist, and an animal lover who has spent more than 750 hours volunteering at the Anne Arundel SPCA.
To recognize these students, Chesapeake Family profiled each student in our November issue and in individual videos highlighting their achievements. In November, the students were honored at awards brunch. At the brunch, DaJuan Gay, a young man who ran for the Annapolis City Council at age 18, spoke to the students to encourage them to continue their efforts in the community.
You can read and watch the 2018 Standout Student profiles below. If you know a teen (in grades 6–11, as of May 1, 2019) who is doing great things in the community, nominate them here before June 1, 2019.
2018 Standout Students
Mackenzie Boughey organized March For Our Lives: Annapolis last spring. Since then, the Junior at Severn School she has set up community talks, leadership roundtables and continues to fight for gun safety.
Emma Christie is an eighth grade, home schooler, but is on the path to great things, spending time daily volunteering with animals and visitors at Kinder Farm Park.
Maggie Crawford has been an incredible force at the SPCA of Anne Arundel County, spending more than 750 hours volunteering there, raising more than $7,000 for the organization.
Arija Martin is an international travel ambassador, leader in community organizations, and pre-professional dancer from Indian Creek School.
Addison is a 7th grade honor student at St. Paul’s Lutheran School. She loves working with children and is a national BMX biking champion.
Jacob Spitzer, from Broadneck High School, is a rockstar member of Fast As Lightning, and the youngest Eagle Scout ever in his troop.
Nick Vance is a Senior at Archbishop Spalding High School, but after meeting a motivational singer, he raised several thousand dollars to bring Jesse Ruben to the Summit School to inspire younger kids.
Leah Winston has faced racial challenges, several concussions and other challenges in her life, yet comes out smiling through it all. She is a leader on her volleyball team and has earned many leadership awards and a prestigious scholarship for high school.
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