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Kate Parchman

Kate is a freshman at Tipton-Rosemark Academy and resides in Munford, Tennessee. She enjoys initiating projects such as organizing a donation drive for personal care items to benefit patients and families at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  She also enjoys service work with organizations such as Jacob’s Well, Service Over Self and St. Mark’s Soup Kitchen. She is inspired by the words of John Wesley, “Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as you ever can.” She wishes to engage teens in programs which will enable them to share with, learn from and assist others. She hopes to help those in her school and community develop a lifelong habit of service to others.

Katelyn Darrow-Eystad

Katelyn Darrow-Eystad is a rising sophomore in high school from Pitman, NJ. In her free time she can be found running her non-profit organization, “The Angels Clothing Closet”, where she provides clothing and other essentials to those in need. Aside from her nonprofit, Katelyn is a field reporter and occasional co-host on “Express Yourself!” teen radio show on the Voice America Kids network. With her segment, “The Gift of Giving”, she discusses how youth can change the world through volunteering and creating their own service projects. She wishes to make her mark in the world by encouraging others to make a difference in their community.

Kathryn Doehrmann

Kathryn is a sophomore in high school at Eagle Tech Academy. She is in Student Council, Student Government, SLAC (Student Leadership Academic Council), and the Freshmen Mentor Program. In her free time she volunteers at the library and anywhere else she can. Kathryn has an internship at a local business where she works on the store’s website. She plans to go to college at IPFW and get her teaching degree for high school English with a minor in marketing. Until then Kathryn is excited to start working with VolunTEEN Nation as she finds there is great importance in getting teens to help their community. She believes it helps them network, explore future career options, and develop important skills like collaboration and flexibility when it comes to real life situations. Kathryn has two blogs of her own and can’t wait to learn new skills in helping her writing and marketing skills.

Katie Gardner

Katie Gardner is a 13-year-old eighth grader from Fayetteville, Arkansas. She is a member of the Duke University Talent Identification Program, Gifted & Talented Program, Honor Roll, FCA, Track, and her school dance team.  She is also on a competitive dance team and enjoys singing.  She is currently Miss Lights of the Delta’s Outstanding Teen and will be competing for the title of Miss Arkansas’ Outstanding Teen in July 2013.  She is a member of 4-H where she serves as a County Council 4-H Officer and County 4-H Ambassador.  She serves as State and County Fair Ambassador, the 2013 Junior Arkansas Beef Ambassador, and the founder of Blessing Others with Service (aka BOWS), a platform that encourages performers to get involved in nursing homes by performing and entertaining nursing home residents.  She also devotes time volunteering for Veterans, political campaigns, recycling programs, and many other 4-H service projects.

Katy Dolan

Katy is a junior at Central Valley High School in Spokane Valley, Washington. She is the co-founder of Life Enhancement Through Education in Music, or LETEM play, a 501(c)(3) non-profit that makes music more accessible to kids in the community by providing instruments and instructional clinics. Katy is passionate about bringing music to kids, but she also empowers other youth to make a difference in their community. She is primarily interested in giving a voice to younger generations with valuable ideas who often feel as though they are underappreciated by the adult world. When Katy is not working to impact others, she plays flute, piano, and soccer and maintains her 4.0 GPA. In the future, she hopes to attend Harvard or Stanford University to study medicine or management. 

Katy Ma

Katy is a high school senior from Pennsylvania. Currently, she interns at Givology, a grassroots organization that funds education projects and helps children worldwide receive the means to a quality education. Katy is also an activist at SPARK, an organization that fights against the sexualization of women and girls in the media. She founded the "I Am Proud Campaign", a project that encourages teens to share their stories, build self esteem, and embrace positive body image-regardless of the projections of 'beauty' constructed by mainstream media and advertising. As an Asian-American, she is fascinated by the study of different cultures and loves meeting people from diverse backgrounds. For fun, she enjoys music, painting, travelling, writing, and watching films. 

Kelsey Hirsch

Kelsey is a 14 year old Freshman at South Forsyth High School, in Cumming, Georgia. Currently, she is both continuing work on her Bands4RAINN (www.Bands4RAINN.org) project (selling silicone wristbands to raise money for RAINN.org) and planning the firts ever High School level Sexual Violence Awareness Week. She spent this past summer putting the team together (www.WarEagles4RAINN.org) and they are well on their way, with Kelsey at the helm.  She aspires to bring HOPE, COURAGE and STRENGTH to survivors and help her fellow students avoid the pitfalls of sexual predators by empowering them with knowledge.