OMC announces winners of "18 Under 18" contest
At the end of 2005, OnMilwaukee.com asked readers to nominate young Milwaukeeans between the ages of 12 and 18 for a unique contest called "18 Under 18" that recognizes 18 of the city's brightest and most ambitious young people under the age of 18. (Note: two students were nominated at 17 but have since turned 18). Well, the results are in, and OMC is proud to introduce some incredibly cool up-and-comers.
The winners of OnMilwaukee.com's "18 Under 18" Contest (in no particular order):
Sean Clark, 15
Wisconsin Academy of Lifelong Learning
Nominated by: Darrell Finch, educational specialist
"Sean is a student athlete who participates in basketball and football programs after school. He has also been recognized at the last three Highland Park Homes Student Recognition Programs for maintaining a 3.6 to 4.0 grade point average. Sean is enrolled in a summer pre-college program at the University of Milwaukee-Wisconsin, called Talent Search. Sean also finds time to give back to his community by volunteering at the Fitzmonds Girls and Boys Club. He has also signed up to be a youth volunteer at Highland Park Homes After School Homework Help Program. He will be assigned to the Neighborhood Networks Computer Lab at Highland Gardens to provide basic computer skills and tutoring to the youth of Highland Park Homes."
Aziz Noon-Abdullah, 14
Riverside High School
Nominated by: Erin K. Noon, mother
"Aziz receives mostly A's at Riverside. He also plays trumpet and baritone in the band and has volunteered at a variety of organizations, including Hunger Task Force, Christopher East Nursing Home, Citizens for Marvin Pratt for Mayor, Peer Mediator and the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee. He was also recognized by the Bickham Project, a national youth empowerment initiative, as 'one of this city's young treasures.'"
Jasmine Grant, 16
Wauwatosa West High School
Nominated by: Selena Marris, teacher
"Jasmine is one of the most dedicated aspiring artists I've had the pleasure of working with. She is rarely seen without her sketchbook in hand. My instincts tell me that she will be making a big name for herself in the next 10 years and will make her hometown proud."
Ursula Mylnerek, 16
Riverside High School
Nominated by: Bonnie Brusky
"Ursula continues to display outstanding efforts to regulate military recruiters within public high school limits. She has been working with the ACLU, Peace Action Wisconsin, and several other organizations to get the school board to fight for student rights. The school board has adopted a resolution written by her and another member of the school board to inform parents of their rights when recruiters have access to student information. She has organized rallies, student dialogues and other actions to let her peers be informed."
Maxine Webb, 18
Whitefish Bay High School
Nominated by: Monica Carollo, advisor
"Maxine, who is vice-president of our multi-cultural student organization, AHANA, has connected club activities with the community. Most recently, after seeing a news item on the financial concerns of the Black Holocaust Museum, Maxine, on her own initiative, contacted the director to see how we could help. Maxine arranged a meeting with our officers and the directors of the museum, where it was decided that AHANA would sponsor an all-school fundraising activity to support the museum, along with other activities."
Tom Cramer, 15
Marquette High School
Nominated by: Self
"I started the monthly newspaper 'East Side Thought.' One-thousand copies are printed and circulated to over 20 local businesses. I am the Editor in Chief, Publisher, Journalist and Photographer. It was not easy for me to write this e-mail and nominate myself ..."
Tai Rosa Maldonado, 16
South Milwaukee High School
Nominated by: Heather Sielaff, teacher
"Tai Rosa is involved in numerous school activities, including DECA (a marketing organization in which she has successfully organized over $1000 for the Miracle Minute), Student Senate, varsity cross country and track, as well as other organizations ... in the days immediately following Hurricane Katrina, Tai Rosa single handedly organized a school-wide effort to raise funds/items of necessity for the victims. In all, Tai Rosa (and her fellow students, of course) raised thousands of dollars during these fundraisers."
Jessica Terkel, 16
Waukesha West High School
Nominated by: Amy Anhold and Kate Kubacki, teachers
"Just last Spring, Jessica underwent a kidney and liver transplant after years of illness. During the time in which she was awaiting her transplant, Jessica was in constant discomfort and pain. However, you would never have guessed it due to her outgoing positive nature ... She recently organized a food drive as part of an assignment for her Fine Art Photography class and helped to collect 100 food items to donate to the Waukesha Food Pantry. Jessica has also 'adopted' a 16-year-old girl in need this holiday season and used her own money to purchase Christmas gifts for her."
Jason Muth, 16
Kettle Moraine High School
Nominated by: Tim Muth, father
"Jason recently completed his Eagle Scout project -- a project which involved his noticing that a school in a poor community in El Salvador lacked books. Jason's church has a sister-church relationship with this community, and Jason visited them in 2001. Jason developed a book drive for Spanish language books, collecting both books and donations to give the gift of books to a very needy school in this Central American country."Page 1 of 2 (view all on one page)
Corry Joe said: Maxine Webb is SUCH a leader. America's Black Holocaust Museum is very proud of her.
Mr Berry said: Kendra, I am really proud to be one of the parents of a child in Milwaukee. we are Keeping Milwaukee's Positive. Waiting to see her little sister doing great things also.. DAd
Mr Berry said: I am really proud to be one of the parents of a child in Milwaukee. we are Keeping Milwaukee's Positive. Waiting to see her little sisiter do postive things too. DAd
The Williamsons said: Jessica - great job. We were so happy to see your recognition in this article.
Liza Durkin said: Jessica! Great job organizing a food drive, that takes a lot of time and effort. You're so sweet. Congratulations! Liza Durkin
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