2015-2016 Youth Advisory Board
The National Youth Advisory Board (YAB) consists of high school SAVE members from across the country. Serving on the National SAVE Youth Advisory Board takes many hours of service during the school year. On average, most members contribute over 300 hours of time with work for the YAB, work with their chapter, and individual projects or presentations. Serving as a member of this prestigious and select group requires commitment, dedication and sacrifice of time and often other organizational events.
Meet the 2015-2016 National SAVE
Youth Advisory Board!
Haley Abernathy is a senior at Highland School of Technology in Gastonia, North Carolina where she is taking courses in the Medical Science curriculum. Haley wants to be a Pathologist someday. According to her SAVE advisor, Dr. Ami Parker, “Haley was instrumental to the success of our SAVE activities. She is a ball of energy, always asking what more she can do.” Outside of school, Haley’s favorite hobbies are painting and baking and she has an established love of reading. Upon acceptance to Highland School of Technology, Haley joined SAVE (this is her fourth year) and HOSA (the Health Occupation Studies of America), where Haley now holds the position of Secretary of HOSA. Her passion for SAVE and HOSA continues to grow.
During her senior year Haley will serve as the President of the SAVE chapter at her school and the President of her school’s HOSA executive board. This will be Haley’s third year on the SAVE Youth Advisory Board. Haley said, “I have grown so much in the past three years and I have gained many of my accomplishments and leadership skills through SAVE. I am looking forward to meeting the new board members and savoring my last year on the board.”
Chapter: Chapel Hill High School, NC
Advisor: Jim Wise
Margaret Adams is a senior at Chapel Hill High School in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Ms. Adams is an executive member for the YMCA Leaders Club and has been elected to serve as the 2015-2016 YMCA Leaders Club President. Maggie was also the Captain of her club and school soccer team. These leadership positions have taught Maggie how to manage groups, how to plan large-scale activities, and how to make personal connections with everyone that she meets all of which will help her to succeed on the Youth Advisory Board.
Since SAVE has impacted Maggie in such a positive way, she works hard to recruit new members for the club especially underclassmen. Although Maggie has not been with SAVE for very long, she has put a lot of time and effort into learning about SAVE and now she is ready to take on a leadership position to initiate change in the organization. Maggie’s SAVE Advisor, Jim Wise, said that “whenever they have an activity planning or need someone to take a leadership role, Maggie is always the first one to step forward and take responsibility for getting things done”. Maggie hopes to make the upcoming Youth Advisory Board the best that SAVE has ever seen.
Gabrielle Allen-Destroismaisons is a senior at E.A. Laney High School in Wilmington, North Carolina. Gabby is an excellent scholar as she has achieved Honor Roll and is a member of the Beta Club, National Honor Society, and National Society of High School Scholars’ (NSHSS). Through holding the positions of President of her school’s Latin Club in 2014 and Co-President of Human Rights, Gabrielle has proved to be a strong and effective leader. Gabby is a well-rounded individual as she has also volunteered at Special Olympics and is a member of the Wilmington Symphony Youth Orchestra.
In the 2014-2015 school year, Gabby served as Historian of her SAVE chapter. As Historian, she was responsible for documenting all of the actions of her chapter, communicating with the media and community leaders, as well as providing input at officer meetings when planning service projects and general club meetings. Gabby played a key role in coordinating her SAVE chapter’s partnership with the Rape Crisis Center for their “Heroes in Heels” event which raised awareness on sexual assault and violence. Gabby is excited to serve as her SAVE chapter’s President this coming year. One of Gabby’s many goals as a YAB member is to reduce the amount of young people who feel the need to violently end their lives or hurt others as a way of coping with stress and mental illness.
Mamie Frank is a senior at White Oak High School in Jacksonville, North Carolina. Mamie has been a member of the marching band at her school since 2012 in which she earned position of Section Captain then Section Leader! Additionally she is a member of National Honor Society and has participated in White Oak High School Musical Productions. Outside of school, Mamie has volunteered with the Carolina Animal Protection Society and the Infant of Prague Thrift Store.
Ms. Frank has been a member of SAVE since 2012. She served as the Secretary of her club from 2013 to 2014 and as the Vice President from 2014 to 2015. Since attending her first meeting, Mamie has worked hard to spread SAVE’s message both in and out of school. Through SAVE, she has been helping those in need in her community including children at a local elementary school. David Anderson, the Vice Principal at White Oak High School believes that under Mamie’s leadership, SAVE has become one of the most popular and visible clubs on campus. Mamie’s SAVE advisor has found her to be an “enthusiastic, encouraging, and empowering change agent fighting against violence everywhere”. Mamie wishes to see more activity and unity among SAVE chapters during her time as a YAB member.
Jordan German is a junior at Georgetown High School in Georgetown, South Carolina. She volunteers 15 hours every week with Optimism Preventive Services, Inc. as a youth leader and peer mentor. Jordan also has a part-time job, is a member of her school’s varsity cheerleading team, and is very active in her church. Additionally, Jordan is a member of Honor Society and the Science club at her high school.
Jordan’s SAVE chapter is community based which gives her the opportunity to work with both her community and school. Through SAVE Jordan has worked on projects related to teen dating and violence, National SAVE Day, Drug Awareness’ Week, and the Stepping out against Bullying walk. Jordan served as her chapter’s Secretary and has been elected to serve as the 2015-2016 President. This will be Jordan’s second year on the Youth Advisory Board. As a YAB member, Jordan wants to continue to inspire and most importantly recruit more youth to join SAVE.
Rose Le is a junior at Biloxi High School in Biloxi, Mississippi. Rose is a dedicated student receiving the “Perfect Attendance” award as well as the award for “Going Above and beyond” from her high school. Ms. Le has held several leadership positions such as Vice President of the Builders Club, President of National Honor Society, and Vice President of the sophomore class. Each of these positions requires hours of hard work both in and out of school. Additionally, Rose was a member of the Spanish Club and her schools track and field team.
As Vice President of her SAVE chapter, Rose assists her advisor in making agendas, planning and facilitating meetings, and reminding each of the officers and members of their duties. Rose has been instrumental in helping her chapter grow from about 10 members to now 70 members in just four years! Rose Le is a dedicated and hard worker with a great positive attitude which she is eager to bring to the SAVE Youth Advisory Board.
Sarah Spradlin is a junior at Ira High School in Ira, Texas. Ms. Spradlin is a member of National Honor Society as well as the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. This past year, Sarah won “All Star Cast” for her school’s play “One Act”. Sarah has been a great member of her community through her volunteer work with her local women’s shelter. She is also currently on the JV track team.
After being nominated by her teachers and fellow classmates, Sarah joined SAVE and became the leader of her school’s first Junior High SAVE group. Sarah has been instrumental in her county’s SAVE chapters as she was President of the Ira SAVE and President of the Scurry County SAVE group. Additionally, Sarah served as the Secretary of her SAVE chapter during the 2011-2012 school year. Sarah is confident that through her position on the SAVE Youth Advisory Board, she will be a great role model for SAVE members everywhere and will encourage them to achieve their goals!
Jenny Suwanmanee is a junior at East Chapel Hill High School in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Jenny was born in Thailand and moved to the United States in 2006 and is fluent in English, Thai, Chinese, and Japanese. She is involved in multiple organizations that focus on helping others and the community such as Habitat for Humanity, the Ronald McDonald House, and the Elliot Woods Tutoring Program. Additionally, Jenny is on her school’s softball and field hockey team.
Ms. Suwanmanee has been a member of SAVE for two years during which she has initiated and lead various club events. Through SAVE, Jenny has participated in activities during National Youth Violence Prevention Week and helped to communicate the dangers of relationship violence in her school. Her advisor, Shari Coveney, believes that Jenny has found a good balance between academics, athletics, and club participation and is confident that she will be a good leader on the Youth Advisory Board. As a YABer. Jenny wishes to accomplish her goal of preventing the spread of violence, educating others on the important of violence prevention, and helping those in need if they ever end up in a situation involving violence.
Chapter: Scurry County, TX
Advisor: Katrina Reynolds
Larissa Wilson is a junior at Ira High School in Ira, Texas. Larissa is a member of the “Say What” group at her high school through which she has attended workshops and helped to change people’s lives by helping them to get on the right track! Additionally, Larissa currently runs track and previously played softball and baseball. Larissa has also volunteered at her local women’s shelter and is a youth member of the Ira First Baptist Church.
Ms. Wilson has been a member of SAVE for four years in which time she has served as the club’s Treasurer and Vice President. During the 2014-2015 school year, Larissa also served as the Scurry County SAVE group President. Through SAVE, Larissa has been involved with the annual “Walk a Mile for a Child” as well as Rock-A-Thon. At the 2012-2013 SAVE Summit, Larissa had a life changing experience with her fellow SAVE members as well as SAVE members from other schools. Larissa is hoping to change the lives of others by speaking out to them about their struggles during her time on the SAVE Youth Advisory Board.
Chapter: Cuthbertson High School, NC
Advisor: Leah Ross
Kaleigh Wright is a sophomore at Cuthbertson High School in Waxhaw, North Carolina. Kaleigh is very active in her school as she is on the Principal’s Advisory Council, a member of the BETA club, and is an officer for Health Occupation Students of America. Outside of school, Kaleigh participated in competitive cheerleading and recently accepted an internship at Carolinas Medical Center Main. Kaleigh has also volunteered with organizations such as the Special Olympics and Relay for Life.
Although Kaleigh has not been in SAVE for a long time, she joined as soon as she was able to because she was inspired by previous SAVE leaders at her school and their stand on equal treatment. Kaleigh is always eager to take the lead on projects with her SAVE chapter and hopes to bring this enthusiasm to the SAVE Youth Advisory Board. The Principal of Cuthbertson High School said that “Kaleigh is not only dedicated to her school and community, but she is also a sincere and kind person.” As a member of the YAB, Kaleigh would like to promote the benefits of non-violence and spread the SAVE club into schools that do not have the program as well as reach younger kids in order to impact them when they are most impressionable.
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