Honorable mentions: Andrew Gregory Anderson, Calvary Christian Academy; Giancarlos Rodriguez, Archbishop McCarthy High; Emily Senderey, Nova High.
Wesley didn't need to look any further than his own family for inspiration. After attending a summer seminar on health in the African-American community, he looked at how healthcare impacts social issues. His grandmother had lived in poverty in Columbus, Miss., but he credits the good health of his mother and her 10 siblings as one reason they succeeded. Working with the Urban League of Broward County, Wesley came up with a plan to help underprivileged seniors pay for prescriptions. He has collected $750 for his Pennies for Prescriptions project. Wesley is also an accomplished debater and was a Tournament of Champions qualifier. He was named an AP Scholar of Distinction, a National Merit semi-finalist and will attend Yale University.
Honorable mentions: Adam Nathan Waters, Coral Glades High; Thomas Vincent Mulrine VI, St. Thomas Aquinas High; Caitlin Marie Raddatz, Coral Springs High.
Nova High School
After seeing homeless people lying on the sidewalks in Washington, D.C., Jamie wanted to do something to help. Three years ago, she started collecting money for the Hallandale Food Pantry and the Cooperative Feeding Program. Since then, she has led efforts to collect more than 19,000 pounds of food and clothing. Jamie has contributed more than 2,500 hours of community service, more than any other student in her class, according to her guidance counselor. Jamie also brought the Presidential Volunteer Service Award program to her school. While she struggles with dyslexia, it doesn't hold her back. She has won top awards at the county's District Technology Competition and was on Leadership Broward Foundation's Youth Advisory Council.
Honorable mentions: Nico John McQuiston, Everglades High; Harrison Michael Kantor, West Broward High; Kaylin Marthe Lynch, Cooper City High.
University School of Nova Southeastern University
A trip to Poland's concentration camps inspired Danielle to forge a project that would help her work for peace. Although she was born in Israel, Danielle said she only had a textbook understanding of the Middle East conflict. To learn more, she contacted a center in Israel and began an Arabic studies program. While at the center, she spent afternoons and evenings in intensive studies. Mornings, she would travel to Arab villages, teach English and Hebrew and offer art classes. Danielle said she was able to help Arab children better understand Israelis and Judaism. She also started a foundation to stop childhood hunger in America that earned her a national grant. She is an AP scholar and teaches taekwondo to underprivileged children.
Honorable mentions: Evan Jackson, Fort Lauderdale High; Carolina Echeverri, Cooper City High; Ellory Camryn Euler, Cypress Bay High.