Commence 2030 Honoree Yearbook
These civic superheroes were chosen because of their entrepreneurial spirit and amazing contributions to their communities this year. Every one of them will join the Civics Unplugged community and get what they need to grow and continue making a lasting impact, whether that be through mentorship, network, financial backing, or otherwise.
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16 years old. Houston, TX
Carnegie Vanguard High School
My vision for democracy: The future of American democracy is inclusive and represents every community of our nation, regardless of their background or identity.
Addison Elizabeth Lee
17 years old. Los Angeles California
The Archer School for Girls
My vision for democracy: My vision for the future of American democracy is one where voting is considered wholly patriotic and is a practice that has equitable access across all of America.
17 years old. Mt. Olive, New Jersey
Morris County School of Technology '20, College of the Atlantic '24
My vision for democracy: My vision is: meaningful civic education opportunities for everyone, more service-learning and intergenerational partnerships, no corporate money in politics and many more young people getting elected into positions of power!
17 years old. Miami, FL
Coral Gables Senior High
My vision for democracy: That every person knows that their vote MATTERS and will impact government.
Benjamin Joseph Moses Laufer
20 years old. Roxbury, CT
Minerva Schools at KGI (will be a Freshman in the Fall)
My vision for democracy: Where everyone, regardless of their net worth, has a meaningful say in who is elected to serve them.
Benjamin S. Katanic
15 years old. Denver, Colorado
Valor Christian High School
My vision for democracy: My vision for the future of American democracy is to have a country where its inhabitants see laws and policies that are meaningful to them actually be carried through with by our representatives and other elected officials.
18 years old. Chicago, IL
University of Toronto
My vision for democracy: American democracy can and will value the needs of every single community regardless of their wealth, beliefs, backgrounds, or identity.
Dariel Cruz Rodriguez
16 years old. Orlando, FL
Colonial High School
My vision for democracy: I see a future where one's quality of education isn't determined by economical or social classes, their choice of public/private school, or by their 5 digit ZIP code.
Dyson KN Chee
18 years old. Honolulu, HI
Homeschool, attending Kapiolani Community College as a dual credit student
My vision for democracy: My vision is to normalize participation in American democracy, so that children are introduced to the civic process and students are given meaningful, hands-on experience in the government at an early age.
Elena M. Ashburn
16 years old. Broward, FL
Cooper City High School
My vision for democracy: My vision is that American elections are more accessible because everyone deserves the right to a fair, free, and easy voting process.
Emily Miri Cho
18 years old. Wilmette, Illinois
North Shore Country Day School/Harvard University
My vision for democracy: A collaborative and enriching ecosystem of passionate citizens and livers who empower others and themselves through goodwill, critical thinking, and empathy.
Emily R Willrich
17 years old. Wellesley, MA
My vision for democracy: A system where young people raise their voices to hold our elected officials accountable.
Faith Kalyn C Ramos
18 years old. Detroit Michigan
Cass Tech High School Graduate; Wayne State University Incoming Freshman
My vision for democracy: My vision for American Democracy is that the American government and citizens will be able to work collectively in reforming the institutionalized injustices that plague the nation; allowing us to truly heal.
Jasmine N. Lewis
18 years old. Tuscaloosa, AL
The University of Alabama
My vision for democracy: My vision is for communities to continue to stand in solidarity with one another and for systemic disparities to be dismantled so our government meets the necessities of ALL people.
Jazlyn M. Leonso
17 years old. Bowie, MD
My vision for democracy: My vision for the future of American democracy is where we meet equity with equality and every voice is heard, every skin color seen, and every individual being properly represented.
Journei A Barlow-Howard
17 years old. Chicago, Illinois
Whitney M Young Magnet High School
My vision for democracy: My vision for the future of American democracy is one where there is transparency and trust between everyone, people receive equitable treatment, and public service isn’t synonymous with making profit.
17 years old. Frederick, MD
Incoming Freshman at Northwestern University
My vision for democracy: I see America's democracy in the future as one which takes advantage of youth leadership and a modern technological infrastructure to ensure that the needs of every person are met and the voices of every person are heard.
Julia C Terpak
22 years old. Pittsburgh, PA
My vision for democracy: It’s evident that American culture is evolving and technology is advancing quicker than ever, so my vision for the American Democracy is that we become proactive rather reactive for the sake of our generation’s future.
Laney M. Taylor
21 years old. Georgetown, Kentucky
Centre College (I graduated in May 2020)
My vision for democracy: This vision holds the local journalism thriving, not merely surviving.
Leora Hannah Soibelman
17 years old. Newton, Massachusetts
My vision for democracy: My vision for the future of American democracy is one where special interests don’t hold any power, where government truly represents the will of the people, and where the government is transparent, truthful, and honest.
Payton K May
18 years old. Vancouver, WA
Skyview High School, soon to be the University of San Diego
My vision for democracy: A country where everyone's vote is counted, regardless of race, geographic location, socioeconomic status, or criminal background.
Phoebe Helen Chambers
17 years old. Potomac, Maryland
Winston Churchill High School
My vision for democracy: American democracy should be directly controlled by the people, not special interests or corporate donors.
15 years old. Dublin, California
The Quarry Lane School
My vision for democracy: My vision for the future of American democracy is a world where every child has access to equal education and opportunities, allowing them to become enriched and innovative citizens.
Stella d. Rose
17 years old. Los Angeles, California
Louisville High School
My vision for democracy: As the American people evolve so does democracy and it is the current uprising of the youth population which will forever change the expectations of the involvement young people should have in democracy.
Tarina K. Ahuja
18 years old. Ashburn, Virginia
Harvard University Class of 2024
My vision for democracy: I envision an American democracy where empathy is the governing ideal, opportunities are awarded on the basis of equity, and all voices are not just heard, but amplified.
Tatyannah C Santos-Lopez
16 years old. Riverview, Florida
East bay senior high school
My vision for democracy: That people will only be judged on their actions, not demographics.
Victor S Ye
18 years old. Hacienda Heights, California
University of Southern California
My vision for democracy: I hope every young person has the knowledge and opportunity to have civil discourse and create a healthy democracy through civic participation.
William C. Fredericks
20 years old. New York, NY
My vision for democracy: My vision for the future of American democracy is to have equal opportunities for everyone if qualified and to ultimately find peace united.
Zachary C Patterson
17 years old. San Diego, California
University City High School
My vision for democracy: I envision a democracy where all people have the ability to safely cast their vote, are excited and prepared to vote, and are equipped to share their opinion on what America should look like.
Zoë D Jenkins
16 years old. Lexington, KY
Paul Laurence Dunbar High School
My vision for democracy: I envision a democracy where all citizens feel that their voice and vote has an impact, government and officials are easily accessible to their constituents, and equity and the impact of lived experience are prioritized in decision-making.