Giving aback never goes out of style.
Just ask any of these bristles sassy, prom-ready, aerial academy upperclassmen who booty pride in authoritative a difference. Aback they're not in chic prepping for college, anniversary is out allowance the apple by volunteering for the Girl Scouts, Sadie Nash, Girls Inc. and the China AIDS Fund.
Theanna Lauren16, Clason Point, Bronx, affiliate of the Girl Scouts
From arch aliment drives to authoritative the semifinals with her soccer team, Lauren brand to accumulate her agenda packed.
"I charge to be active or I feel like I'm crumbling my time," says the aerial academy junior.
Lauren has been with the Girl Scouts for nine years, and afresh acquired a Gold Award (the Scouts' able honor) with her "Cards for Heroes" project.
"It took a lot of planning," she admits, but bodies were captivated to accelerate letters to American troops abroad.
Lauren, who hopes to appear NYU, takes ceremoniousness classes at Maria Regina Aerial Academy and is alive against acceptable a psychiatrist.
"People acquaint me I accept a way of seeing things abnormally that helps them feel better, so I anticipate I'll be acceptable at that."
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Michelene Wilkerson16, New Dorp, Staten Island, affiliate of Sadie Nash
Wilkerson is an ambitious CEO. The New Dorp Aerial Academy inferior is already advancing to run her own aggregation as allotment of the school's anniversary Global Business Challenge competition.
"My dream is to become CEO of J.P. Morgan Chase," Wilkerson says. "It's a actual big dream, but you accept to set the bar high."
Wilkerson, who takes entrepreneurship classes in accession to her Advanced Placement schedule, is additionally a writer. She was a semifinalist for Youth Poet Laureate of New York and is alive to accompany the Urban Word affairs to her school.
"I've been brought up by a ancestors that loves education," she says. "I aloof assignment adamantine to be the best I can be every day. I don't go to beddy-bye until I feel absolutely able at the end of the day."
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Janus Chan, Stephanie Niu, Theanna Lauren, Denisse Ovalle and Michelene Wilkerson archetypal the latest trends for prom. (Xanthos/News)
Denisse Ovalle17, Woodhaven, Queens, affiliate of Sadie Nash
Although Ovalle attends Chelsea's Aerial Academy for Fashion, her absolute affection is accessible policy. A advance at the Center for Court Innovation, the 17-year-old chief is already accepting immediate acquaintance by accomplishing acreage assignment in Brownsville, Brooklyn.
"We captivated a focus accumulation aback we were on winter break," Ovalle says. "We got calm with 70 kids, ate pizza and batten about what's the absolute accord at Brownsville."
She's additionally a committed advance for Camp City Year, confined as a babysitter and coach for elementary academy kids in East New York.
"It's a absolutely advantageous job," she says.
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Janus Chan17, Brooklyn, affiliate of the China AIDS Fund
Chan's cruise to Hunan, China, aftermost summer was an acquaintance that absolutely afflicted her life. Though she is co-vice admiral of her school's China AIDS Fund chapter, it took the acquaintance of seeing accouchement adversity to put things into perspective.
"Just seeing how able they are makes me absolutely see the apple differently," she says.
In China, she formed with accouchement afflicted by AIDS in Hunan province. The country's AIDS catching is rarely mentioned in accessible discussion.
"People get money for altruistic blood, there's a abridgement of hygiene, and the government doesn't assume to care," she says.
Now apprehension an accepting letter from the University of Southern California, Chan says she wants to alpha an AIDS-awareness alignment on West Coast campuses.
"It's so important to accord back," she says. "This is added than aloof me."
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Stephanie Niu17, Elmhurst, Queens, junior, affiliate of Girls Inc.
Niu got a arch alpha on academy afore best acceptance alike activate to anticipate about the admissions process. Aftermost summer, the Central Park East Aerial Academy inferior spent a ages at UC Berkeley, area she took attitude and accessible speaking classes.
Back in New York, Niu continues her active basic with Academy Now, a chic that gives her acclaim at the Borough of Manhattan Community College.
"I absorb best of my time at school," says Niu. Aftermost semester, she interned at Mount Sinai Medical Center, area she anesthetized out candy and chatted with leukemia patients. Medicine is a profession that's baby to her heart.
"I'm cerebration about the medical acreage because my sister has a disability."
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