The two categories were created specifically due to the high volume of exemplary applicants the JLCW received this year.
Alisa Choubay from White Plains High School volunteers with the Westchester County Youth Council where she promotes civic engagement among local youth. She also serves as a Youth Judge and manages court proceedings at the White Plains Youth Court, an alternative-to-incarceration program that judges misdemeanor cases involving juveniles.
Rachel Underweiser from Scarsdale High School created a weekly after-school theater program at P.S. 75 in New York City for students grades 3-5 when she learned that their arts funding was cut. Leading the weekly drama class, she educates the young girls on leadership skills and self-esteem. She also created the Red Cross Club at Scarsdale High School in an effort to raise money and assist those involved in local disasters.
Kaitlin Cardon from White Plains High School started and heads Girl Talk in White Plains, a chapter of the national organization in which high school girls mentor middle school girls and empower them to handle the pressures young women face. She also volunteers with St. Bernard’s Youth Group and the Westchester Coalition for Drug and Alcohol Free Youth.
Morgan Rappe from Edgemont High School established the Edgemont Students Supporting our Military Club, which raises funds to send care packages and letters to show appreciation for our troops abroad. The club also donates to The Wounded Warrior Project and The Fisher House Foundation, and the members volunteer at local VA hospitals. She is a peer leader and student advocate.
Claire Teahan from Eastchester High School created The Eagle Impact program using the school mascot to unite athletes’ sense of teamwork with community service. The program established food drives at athletic games and collected letters to soldiers from their athletes. The program also recruited a team of athletes to volunteer as coaches for a special needs after-school athletic program and led a fund-raising campaign to purchase team apparel for the special needs golf team.
Melissa Preudhomme from White Plains High School is president of Midnight Run Club at White Plains, an organization that goes into Manhattan every month providing food and clothes to the homeless. She also organized a Midnight Run Sleep Out, in which 20 students slept outside in cardboard boxes and raised money for a local food pantry and shelter. She also volunteers with the student General Organization.
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