Author Archives: Stephen Walsh

Makwei Mabioor Deng

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=”Scholarship winner Makwei Mabioor Deng, 23, plans to return to his Sudanese homeland to practice law.”] Two years ago, Makwei Mabioor Deng had never seen a computer or a library full of books. For 16 years he … Continue reading

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Derrius Quarles

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=”Derrius Quarles received more than $1 million in college scholarships”] We have heard horrific news about young people in Chicago as of late. Derrion Albert, an honors student who was gunned down, has become the “face” of … Continue reading

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Morasha Winokur

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=”Morasha Winokur, 11, is the author of ‘My Invisible World.’”] Morasha’s mother describes her daughter as “an old soul.” She’s 11 years old but has the sharp sense of awareness and honesty of someone many times her … Continue reading

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Brianna Karp

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=”Brianna Karp, 24, blogs about her experience being homeless.”] “If you saw me walking down the street, you wouldn’t assume I live in a parking lot,” Brianna Karp blogs. “In short, I am just like you, except … Continue reading

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Brittany Merrill

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=”Brittany Marrill founded the Ugandan American Partnership Organization to help Ugandan families.”] At first glance, it’s hard to see how a pretty college student from a good home in Georgia and a poor, young mother in a … Continue reading

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Aaron Fotheringham

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=”Aaron Fotheringham, 17, competes in extreme sports with a wheelchair.”] Aaron Fotheringham has earned his “whining rights,” but he’s never touched them. He was born with spina bifida, unable to use his legs and adopted into a … Continue reading

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Sadiya Buta

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=”Sadiya Buta, 15, is getting attention for much more than what she wears on the tennis court.”] It’s 100 degrees in Arizona, but that doesn’t keep Sadiya Buta off the court. She is part of one of … Continue reading

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Eben Bayer and Gavin McIntyre

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=”Eben Bayer and Gavin McIntyre, both 24, created an eco-friendly replacement for Styrofoam.”] We all use Styrofoam and don’t realize it. Beyond packaging, it’s in the tables we use and the airplanes in which we fly. We’ve … Continue reading

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Vanessa Nunez

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=”Vanessa Nunez, 19, found academic success with the help of Genesys Works.”] If Vanessa Nunez needed school supplies, she needed to buy them herself. Same went for food and clothes. She started working, busing tables at a … Continue reading

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Kyle Taylor

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=”Kyle Taylor swam the English Channel to raise money for a disabled runner.”] Like a lot of little boys, Kyle Taylor loved to swim. He was an avid swimmer until he blew out his shoulders during his … Continue reading

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