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Joey Silver

Joey Silver is a senior at Francis Howell Central high school in St. Charles, Missouri. He is currently on his school's award-winning newspaper as the sports editor. He played soccer up until his junior year, plays ultimate frisbee, and is in his school's All of Us club. He enjoys volunteering at his church where he helps out a student with Autism, and he likes the idea of peer counseling. He plans on studying biology at college, and then go on to study medicine. Joey loves to inspire others through his hard work, dedication, and help towards others.

Joselyn Bustillos

Joselyn is an Hispanic American from Phoenix, AZ. She is excited to start her freshman year at Arizona State University. In high school she was involved in soccer, track, and the treasurer of Be A Leader club. She spends her time volunteering at Banner Thunderbird Medical Center. Volunteering at the hospital has made her more passionate for a future job as a nurse.  She had the opportunity from Be A Leader to mentor high school seniors to get ready for college. She loved giving advice to other students. She loves musical movies. One of her all time favorite musical movies is Grease. 

Joseph Russell

Joseph is a junior at the University of Tampa studying International Business with a minor in Spanish (also working towards his proficiency certificate in Mandarin Chinese). In the fall he will be studying abroad at Universidad Pablo de Olavide in Seville, Spain, and could not be more excited for this experience. While waiting for study abroad he'll be happy spending his summer working with VolunTEEN nation to help strengthen our local communities and help youth find great volunteer opportunities. 

Julia Schemmer

Julia Schemmer is a senior from sunny California, who participates in five AP classes, is co-captain of the Mock Trial team, and is the president of the Female Empowerment Club; all while maintaining a 4.1 GPA. In her spare time, she's the CEO of She Speaks Media and The Face of Cancer, an author, a public speaker, an executive for Her Culture Magazine, and an avid Sam Smith enthusiast. One day, she aims to become an international human rights lawyer, foreign correspondent and diplomat working on anti-genocidal policies in developing countries.

Julia Sumouske

Julia will be a senior at Pueblo Centennial High School this fall and currently serves her school as Student Body Secretary and is the Vice President of Girls Cabinet. Julia recently finished a term of service as the Colorado Youth Ambassador for the international nonprofit, Youth Service America. She also established a nonprofit called, Colorado Youth! It’s in your hands, to recruit volunteers, seek donations and assist kids of all ages, to make healthy lifestyle choices and combat problems in their own communities. Julia aspires to be a physician, and just finished a high school student research apprenticeship with the University of Arizona College of Medicine. Looking forward, Julia hopes to empower youth, through VolunTEEN Nation, that seek to become the young philanthropists this country and world needs to be a better place live.

June Lee

June Lee is a sophomore at Saint Francis High. She founded and volunteers with SYNC (Sunnyvale Youth Newspaper Committee), a team of high school volunteers that uses newspapers to help students experience writing outside the classroom, become involved in the community, and create their own newspapers. The committee hosts student camps and workshops every summer and winter break. She is an editor for "The Lancer" school newspaper, and serves as an instructor at Mightyfist Taekwondo School. June believes that volunteerism has the power to unite youth internationally, and is determined to work with organizations to help youth take a role in resolving many of the most serious conflicts that plague our world today.

Karla Talley

Karla is a senior at Bowie High School. Serving on the Maryland Youth Advisory Council, Karla works with students across the state to propose legislation on issues that affect youth. Karla serves on her county’s Education Coalition as well, working with others who are also passionate about enhancing the quality of education. She is a proud advocator for volunteer work, and hopes to inspire others to give back to their community. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, writing for her city newspaper, and playing the piano. Karla hopes to make a difference in the lives of others by gaining a strong voice in her state and by helping others through her volunteer work.