Katie GardnerKatie 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.
Ashlee Latimer is a sophomore at Pellissippi State, studying theatre and business. She currently works as an instructor and director for the Knoxville Children’s Theatre, and is the director of the drama club outreach program at a local inner city elementary school. She is passionate about the blending of the creative arts, education, and social justice. Following her graduation, she plans to pursue career opportunities that give her the chance to work in the United States and around the world with underprivileged children. Ultimately, she plans to open and run a children’s theatre that will focus on increasing access to quality arts education for children in at-risk environments. She looks forward to channeling her passion into blogging for VolunTEEN Nation as a part of their efforts to empower young people.
Laura SeamanLaura is a freshman at Truman State University from St. Louis, Missouri. She is a Communications major with an emphasis in Journalism and a minor in Theatre. She hopes to use this major to reach out to kids and teens around the country and help to make an impact in communities around the world through either radio or television. Her goal is to someday have her own radio or TV talk show and meet amazing people from around the world. She enjoys writing, reading, listening to music, west coast swing dancing, and spending time with her friends. Animal rights and anti-bullying are two causes close to her heart, and she hopes to help bring awareness to these causes and many others through her work. She wants to make her voice heard, and hopes to help other teens let their voices be heard, too!
Rachel is currently a sophomore at Stevens Point Area Senior High. She is the founder of Literacy for Little Ones, a program which donates book packages to 4 hospitals in North Central Wisconsin. She also serves on generationOn’s National Youth Advisory Council and DoSomething.org’s Youth Advisory Council. As an avid volunteer herself, she has a passion for engaging other youth in service. Rachel is excited to share her experiences and thoughts about service on Volunteen Nation!