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This month we highlight two impressive students serving on this year’s Youth Advisory Board: Mo Chism and Celina Cookson.
Mo is a sophomore at St. Mary’s Academy and a facilitator for Students Taking Action and Making Progress (STAMP), a program that equips young people with the tools to create positive, lasting change within their communities.
She recently participated in her school’s mock trial as an expert witness, placing 4th at regionals. From that experience, she developed time management skills and learned how to successfully work in a group.
Mo also enjoys running and playing tennis. She aspires to work with Innocence Project one day to help those who have been wrongly convicted. Mo credits her grandmother for teaching her to stand up for herself and others.
A first-generation American, Celina is a senior at Prospect Ridge Academy where she serves as student body vice president.
Her favorite accomplishment while serving on student council has been raising money for “Team Ruffalo” – a cancer-awareness organization started by a fellow student.
Celina also participates in Model United Nations, which she describes as a character-building experience, and enjoys mentoring others and watching their confidence grow. Her compassion for others is inspiring.
The Youth Advisory Board is lucky to have empathetic, passionate members like Mo and Celina.