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HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS GET THE OPPORTUNITY OF A LIFETIME ON THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW

Caroline Slusarczyk

ABC

ABC

On Thursday, students from the high school senior class of Summit Academy Charter School in Brooklyn, NY appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, where they received a surprise gift.  The students opened up to Ellen DeGeneres about what Summit Academy meant to them and how it would affect their future.  One student said, “Coming to Summit, it made my dreams and goals more realistic, coming from a single-parent house.”  Summit Academy is located in a neighborhood where only 4 percent of adults attended college.  The senior class will be the school’s first ever graduating class.

At the end of the show, the entire senior class was overcome by emotion when Ellen announced they would each receive a 4-year college scholarship.  The students cried and laughed, while they embraced each other and buried Ellen in a group hug.

The scholarships, made possible by Walmart, will provide the students with tuition for any state university in New York.  Ellen told the students: "Last time you were here, Walmart wanted to give you $25,000.  We've never done anything this big before, we've reached out to the people at Walmart, and they want to give each one of you a four-year scholarship."  Ellen revealed the entire amount is worth $1.6 million.

Ellen posted on Instagram about the amazing moment:

You can watch the full inspiring video below.

 

Ya Know You Wanna!

DO YOU KNOW AN AMAZING TEEN WHO MAKES A DIFFERENCE? NOMINATE A CARING KID WHO CREATES CHANGE AND GIVES BACK!

Caroline Slusarczyk

www.spirit.prudential.com

www.spirit.prudential.com

With all the crazy things going on in our world today, it’s good to know we can find some hope for the future in the young people of America.  The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program seeks to encourage middle school and high school level students to give back to their communities with volunteer community service.  America’s youth is the future of our world, so it’s fitting to inspire and award those young people who choose to make a difference in their communities.  After all, they are just average kids helping to make the world better one step at a time.

Each year since 1995, The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards honors the students who perform the most outstanding acts of service in their community.  These could include fundraising for charity, feeding the homeless, or educating others about an important issue, to name a few.  This year there were more than 30,000 participants.  102 State Honorees are named every year, and there are also a number of Distinguished Finalists and Local Honorees.  Each year in May, the top 10 kids overall are chosen as “America’s Top 10 Youth Volunteers.”

The program’s call for entries in 2017 is open now.  If you want to make a difference in your community, or know a student who does, go here to apply for the 2017 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program before the deadline on November 8th.

www.spirit.prudential.com

www.spirit.prudential.com

Interested in this year’s inspiring batch of youth volunteers?  Below is the list of 2016’s “America’s Top 10 Youth Volunteers.”

Jungin Angie Lee, 17, of Naperville, Ill., a junior at Metea Valley High School in Aurora, co-founded a nonprofit organization that has generated nearly $200,000 over the past nine years through annual fundraising events to help find a cure for her rare neuromuscular disease. When she was 15 months old, Angie was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), a genetic disorder that causes debilitating and often fatal muscle weakness.

Connor Archer, 17, of Stillwater, Maine, a senior at Old Town High School, works to educate the public about autism and the challenges faced by people with autism like himself, and has raised more than $12,000 for organizations that help people with special needs. Connor was diagnosed with autism when he was 3 years old.

Maria Keller, 15, of Plymouth, Minn., a sophomore at Orono High School, founded a nonprofit called “Read Indeed” when she was 8 years old, and has since collected more than 1.7 million books for children in need in 48 states and 17 other countries. 

James Lea, 17, of Las Vegas, Nev., a junior at Faith Lutheran Middle School and High School, helps brighten the holiday season for children who have recently lost a parent by surprising their families with an anonymous gift each day for 12 days, tied to the theme of the song “12 Days of Christmas.” In 2008, when James was 9 years old, his father died from a sudden heart attack. “

Alisha Zhao, 17, of Portland, Ore., a junior at Lincoln High School, created a club at her school to provide services to local homeless people, and then founded a nonprofit organization called “Kids First Project” to expand her efforts and focus on the needs of homeless youth.

Kayla Abramowitz, 13, of North Palm Beach, Fla., an eighth-grader at Watson B. Duncan Middle School, has collected nearly 10,000 DVDs, books and other items for 81 hospitals and Ronald McDonald Houses in all 50 states through her nonprofit organization, “Kayla Cares 4 Kids.” Kayla has juvenile arthritis and Crohn’s disease, and knows firsthand about hospital stays.

Clare Szalkowski, 10, of Dubuque, Iowa, a member of the Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois and a fifth-grader at Hoover Elementary School, started “Clare Cares” over two years ago to “build friendships and make our community a better place” by organizing projects that benefit bullied children, homeless and hungry people, and others in need of assistance. Clare was inspired to start her project after her older sister had an epileptic seizure at school and her friend made fun of her.  

Grace Davis, 10, of Louisville, Ky., a fifth-grader at Greathouse Shryock Traditional Elementary School, has raised more than $140,000 over the past four years to care for babies born prematurely by distributing piggy banks to students in her community and encouraging them to fill them up.  

Zachary Rice, 13, of Long Valley, N.J., an eighth-grader at Long Valley Middle School, initiated an annual 5K run/walk that has raised more than $50,000 over the past three years to provide gaming systems and other fun distractions for young patients at Goryeb Children’s Hospital in Morristown. Zach spent a lot of time in the hospital during fourth and fifth grade due to a painful hip infection and a subsequent debilitating bone condition.

Jackson Silverman, 10, of Charleston, S.C., a fifth-grader at Advanced Studies Magnet-Haut Gap Middle School, persuaded a local food bank to let him start a youth volunteer program there in 2013 that has by now packed more than 14,000 weekend lunch bags for kids in need. He started his own nonprofit organization called “I Heart Hungry Kids” and, after a little persuasion, got the food bank to agree to a kid volunteer program.

 

Ya Know You Wanna!

MILEY CYRUS SAYS VOTE FOR HILLARY OR “KISS MY ASHTANGA ASS”

Caroline Slusarczyk

There is no doubt that Miley Cyrus is with Hillary Clinton.  The 23-year old singer and actress visited George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, on Saturday to encourage students to vote for Hillary on Election Day, November 9th.  Cyrus was no understated Clinton supporter.  She tweeted and posted to Instagram about her GMU campaign trip, always including the hashtag #imwithher.  Miley proudly displayed Clinton campaign signs and donned a glittery red, white and blue ensemble, complete with a pink feathered headband.  And in true Miley fashion, almost every pic snapped of her at GMU featured her famous “tongue pose.”

@MileyCyrus, Twitter

@MileyCyrus, Twitter

@MileyCyrus, Twitter

@MileyCyrus, Twitter

@mileycyrus, Instagram

@mileycyrus, Instagram

Molly Riley/Associated Press

Molly Riley/Associated Press

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Getty Images

Molly Riley/Associated Press

Molly Riley/Associated Press

NBCwashington.com

NBCwashington.com

While it’s clear Cyrus had a blast campaigning at George Mason University, she made sure to let students know she still meant business.  Cyrus knocked on multiple dorm doors and talked politics with the students.  Jake Zartman, 18, was one student who got up close and personal with Cyrus.  When Cyrus asked Zartman if he planned to vote, he responded that he already had for Hillary.  Cyrus cheered, “Yeah!” to which Zartman replied, “Obviously.”

Student Katherine Quigley, 19, told Cyrus she planned to vote for Hillary.  Cyrus approved, but quipped that if she was not shooting The Voice on Election Day, she would come back to make sure.

After her campaign trip to GMU, Cyrus summed up her political views for her Instagram followers in one very clear message:

@mileycyrus, Instagram

@mileycyrus, Instagram

 

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