Introducing the incredible and inspiring 2017 AXA Achievers
NC School of Science and Math
Aneesh created Health Smart Tech (HST). HST is a unique social startup that provides comprehensive comparisons of medical testing costs in multiple facilities. This allows accessibility of information enabling the uninsured to make educated financial and healthcare decisions.
Short Hills, NJ
Millburn High School
Julie wrote, edited, and published Adventures From My World (AFMW), a comic book to support siblings of individuals with special needs. AFMW helps siblings to express their emotions. More than 8,000 copies are currently being distributed in 18 US states and 4 foreign countries.
Perkins High School
Britain’s passion is helping youth overcome and prevent bullying. She developed a strategy called 'TBH' which stands for “Talk to someone, Block harmful words from your head and heart, Help others” to help teens think before behaving unkind to others. For this work she received a proclamation for a county day in which parents are reminded to oversee their child's social media use to prevent bullying.
Antonio created a 'Cost of Credit Calculator' App to mitigate credit card debt by quickly calculating the total interest costs when using a credit card to make a purchase. This helpful tool is available via PC and Android/Apple smartphone in 194 countries helping people to make informed financial decisions.
Clarksburg High School
Recognizing that access to refrigeration and electricity is not always available in developing areas around the world, Anurudh designed and developed a 'No Ice, No Electric' active refrigeration vaccine transportation system. This patent-pending system will assist global last-leg vaccine transportation by maintaining viable vaccines in the safe and effective temperature range of 2-8B0C in order to save lives.
Janay Jumping Eagle
Little Wound School
After losing her 12 year old cousin to suicide and recognizing that it overwhelmingly touches youth living on reservations, Janay decided to take action. Through trainings, positive events, and community activism, Janay has helped many peers find help and forgo suicide on her tribal reservation. Her outreach works have been profiled on MTV and led to recognition and an invitation to the White House Tribal Nations Conference in 2015.
Hinsdale Central High School
James created and marketed a smart phone application called “Got Food?” that allows for better connection of hunger relief services for clients and the community to locate nearby food resources. His database includes over 1,600 food pantries and soup kitchens in 12 states and allows individuals to find the closest resource when they are assisting a homeless or food-insecure family in need of meals.
Lynbrook Senior High
Sarah created an iPad computer game “The Magic Arrows” to assist children with neuro-developmental disabilities by turning their routines into a game that is fun and reduces anxiety. The game is available for purchase via magicarrows.net with 100% of proceeds benefiting The Fly With Me Fund, a foundation that provides access to testing and treatment to children affected by Fragile X Syndrome.
Olympia High School
To help overcome the obstacles neurological patients with tremors and loss of hand control experience, Surabhi developed an innovative wearable glove & armband called MyHealth. The glove assists with closing the hand, improves grip, as well as detects, monitors, and controls tremors.
Rancho Santa Margarita
Tesoro High School
Shalin created a free digital app called the “Voice”, which assists visually impaired individuals by taking a photo of an unfamiliar object and reading the text of that object aloud. In addition to creating the app, Shalin spends time with nonprofit organizations, senior citizen facilities and blind institutes promoting the app and teaching individuals how to use it. He is truly an advocate for the visually impaired and “Voice” helps thousands of blind people read previously inaccessible items.
AXA Achievement changes lives. But don’t take our word for it. Hear first-hand what our winners have to say. AXA US Chairman and CEO Mark Pearson proudly introduces the 2017 class of AXA Achievers.
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