Over the past few years, Souper Bowl of Caring has had the honor of meeting and training Houston high school students. We look forward to the opportunities they provide to act as ambassadors for our organization.
On Saturday, October 26, 2013, we were lucky enough to induct 10 new high school ambassadors. The meeting, hosted at the Houston Food Bank, consisted of learning the history of Souper Bowl of Caring, public speaking and interview training, team building and volunteering.
We are pleased to announce the members of the 2013-2014 Houston Local Youth Advisory Board! These bios were written by their LYAB partners:
Ben Meredith is an 18-year-old senior at Memorial High School. This is his third year serving on LYAB, taking on the role of Senior Adviser. He first got involved with Souper Bowl of Caring through his dad. He does other volunteer work through the Mayor's Youth Council. He enjoys watching TV, listening to Mike Stud, playing video games and hanging out with friends. The Godfather is his favorite movie. He would love to have the "souper" power of flight. His future goals are to attend the University of Texas to become a fund manager and one day live in New York City.
Trey Cole is a senior at Clear Lake High School. He found out about Souper Bowl of Caring and LYAB through an email from his mom. He enjoys volunteering at the food bank, his church and local elementary schools. In his free time, he enjoys swimming, water polo, playing the saxophone, playing video games and hanging out with his friends. If Trey could have one "souper" power, it would be the power of invisibility. Trey plans to go to a university, get a great job and live with his family in Denmark. Trey wanted to become a member of LYAB because it was a great service opportunity where he could learn leadership and management skills.
Jessica Hajovsky is a 16-year-old junior at Dayton High School. She loves hanging out with friends and family. She likes any movie made by Marvel Comics. She is also a fan of the Harry Potter series. She has three sisters. She has been working with the Souper Bowl of Caring for three years. This organization has shown her how some people need help even if they seem fine.
Sarah Kate Thomas is an enthusiastic 16-year-old junior at Memorial High School. She loves bike riding and playing the piano in her spare time. If she could have any "souper" power, she would want to be able to fly. Her goal is to go to Vanderbilt to become a bio-mechanical engineer. Sarah Kate got involved with Souper Bowl of Caring through the Mayor's Youth Council. She hopes to learn about what she can do to help the Houston community through serving on LYAB.
Christine Huang is 16 years old. She goes to Carnegie Vanguard High School. She likes all sports and to play the piano and violin. She likes to watch TV and try new things. She does not have a part-time job, and her favorite ice cream flavor is green tea. If she could only eat one thing for the rest of her life, it would be Subway. She has one sister and no pets. Her role model is her family members. If she could have one "souper" power, it would be movement control. She is looking forward to Christmas, which is her favorite holiday. She got involved with Souper Bowl of Caring through the Mayor's Youth Council and she hopes to learn how to lead events through her LYAB experience.
Andy Tran is an 11th grade student at Stephen F. Austin High School. Andy has one sister, two dogs and a turtle. He would like to study to become at a doctor at Rice University or the University of Texas. He speaks four languages, including American Sign Language. Andy was first introduced to Souper Bowl of Caring through his high school's student council. Andy enjoys working to help and serve others.
Born on September 27, Katie Cole is a current 9th grader at Clear Lake High School. While growing up during her middle school years, Katie did a lot of volunteering as a member of her school's National Junior Honor Society, her school's Student Council and her church's youth group. Not only did she constantly try to help her community, but she also participated in sports and extracurricular such as the Color Guard, Marching Band and a few 5K Marathons. However, through her previous volunteering with the church's youth group, Katie was able to hear about and apply to be a part of LYAB. She hopes that through this experience, she will be able to gain general knowledge of how to effectively help others. She hopes that her cheerful nature will positively affect others as well. If she could have one "souper" power it would be the ability to read people's minds. As for other goals, she hopes to one day, if possible, attend her dream college of Oklahoma University, live in Louisiana and eventually become a 2nd or 3rd grade teacher.
Caroline Pritchett, a 15-year-old sophomore at Bellville High School, is active in her school and church. She is on the golf team and plays the clarinet in her school band. If she could have any "souper" power she would want to read people's minds. Because Caroline volunteers at her local food pantry in Bellville, her youth leader encouraged her to apply for LYAB. Caroline likes helping others through Souper Bowl of Caring because it is fulfilling to give back to the community. She hopes to learn how to become more involved within her community throughout this experience.
Naveed Panjwani is a junior at Austin High School. He plans on becoming a computer engineer and living in Sugarland, TX. Naveed likes to play tennis, and his favorite movie is the Dark Knight Rises. If he could have any "souper" power, it would be the ability to fly. Naveed got involved with the Souper Bowl of Caring during the 2013 collection when he heard about it from a club sponsor at his school. He hopes to gain better leadership skills through it. Naveed has also done other volunteer work for his school and student council.
Mason Meredith, a 16-year-old attending Memorial High school, is an active youth in the Houston community. He loves to play basketball and baseball in his spare time. Although his family is very involved in the Super Bowl of Caring, this is his first year involved. As a sophomore, he is involved in Alpha charity league, Memorial Mustang Outreach Bunch and Student Council. He plans on becoming an Architectural Engineer at Baylor or at the University of Texas.
Introducing The 2013-2014 Houston LYAB
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