I am a sophomore from Normal Community High School in Normal, Illinois. I grew up with a love of reading that led me to become passionate about every child receiving a quality education. This spring, I pursued that passion by starting a Reach Out And Read initiative in my community to increase childhood literacy. I am also an active member of my high school’s speech and mock trial teams.

My HERlead Project: Four Corners

My project will help elementary school children who are falling behind in school by connecting them with high school mentors and by hosting after-school programs to help them improve their reading, writing and speaking skills.