Introducing the incredible and inspiring 2016 AXA Achievers
Alphabetical by state.
BioScience High School
Martin started the Sustainable Transportation Initiative to reduce the carbon emissions of the Bioscience High School Community. He designed and built a hybrid electric vehicle, launched community-based challenges and constructed electric bikes, which he made available to the community. Through Martin’s initiative, the school saw a significant decrease in the carbon emission.
Harrison High School
Grant started Building Buddies, a group that uses Legos to reach out to children living in homeless shelters. Every week since 2014, he brings Legos to shelters where he meets with 4-15 children. While Grant builds with the children, he talks to them about math, history and science and how they relate to their Lego projects. The children have affectionately named him “Lego Man.” Grant also collects Legos, repackages them in shoeboxes and gives them to the children so they can have their very own Legos to create with.
Eagle Academy High School
Having suffered the physical and emotional turmoil caused by dyslexia, Scott founded Dyslexic Kids Support Organization - a global nonprofit that now boasts over 10,000 members in 74 countries - to help children and teens with dyslexia. The organization offers an annual conference with a focus on children and teens, free tutoring, support groups (both online and in person) and free tools and resources.
DuPont Manual High
Over a two year period, Reagan established community vegetable gardens to change the way people eat, to fight the rise in obesity, especially among African American children and adults. He worked in low-income communities where families could not afford to buy fresh vegetables. Within two years, Reagan had five community gardens open to the public with the help of a host of volunteers.
Baton Rouge, LA
Mentorship STEAM Academy
Rashaud was the youngest speaker to participate in the 2015 TEDxLSU event. His talk centered around his greatest achievement – the development and implementation of the “I Am MORE” initiative, which brings young people and police together for dialogue and joint collaboration on community projects. His initiative is being filmed as a documentary and is slated to reach 60 schools in Louisiana.
Chapel Hill, NC
North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics
Inspired by family relations to Autism Spectrum Disorder, Tejal came up with the idea of a technological communication aid for those on the Autism Spectrum, initiating a team to develop the device. Based on an algorithm she helped create, the device assists users in detecting emotional cues during speech to decrease conversational misunderstanding. The device is now supported by the president of the Autism Science Foundation.
New York, NY
Horace Mann School
Kenneth invented low-cost wearable sensors using cutting-edge technology. SafeWander is a wearable sensor that sends an alert to a caregiver’s mobile device when a loved one or a patient gets up from a bed or chair; so the caregiver is aware even if they’re not in visual contact with the person. In 2014 Kenneth presented at TED talk youth on how his simple invention helped to keep his grandfather, who has Alzheimer’s, safe. Kenneth founded a start-up to provide SafeWander to those in need.
North Allegheny Senior High School
Sophia conducted bioinformatics research on mesothelioma, an aggressive cancer that affects the lining of the lungs. She discovered cancer genes that can be used for targeted drug treatment. Sophia is the lead author on a paper accepted for publication in the Journal of Pathology Informatics. Her work identified a possible mutation that could be present in mesothelioma cancer cells. The cancer gene could be used for early detection and treatment.
The Wheeler School
In 2010, Nicholas started Gotta Have Sole Foundation. The nonprofit donates brand-new footwear to children in homeless shelters nationwide. By securing donations from his community and corporate footwear manufacturers, Nicholas has given shoes to over 44,000 homeless youth in 106 shelters in 43 states and has mobilized over 100 youth leaders across the United States who have established Gotta Have Sole Clubs in their own communities.
East Troy, WI
East Troy High School
Two years ago Rachel founded FIRST Ladies, an organization for young women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math). FIRST Ladies offer a setting for girls to share their stories and feel supported. Members write blog posts about their experiences in robotics and STEM; the blog has become a cornerstone of the organization. Today there are over 800 members in 20 different countries. FIRST Ladies provide young women the opportunity to network with female professionals and other young women who share their interest in STEM.
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