Alexa is a Senior in the Biotechnology program at Essex North Shore Agricultural and Technical High School. She lives in Salem and has two guinea pigs (Cookie and S’more), and a bunny (Augie). She had been a vegetarian for five years. She works at E.W. Hobbs, an iconic popcorn and ice cream store on Salem Willows. At school, she is the President of the Environmental Action Club, a member of Goat Club, Horror Lit Club, and GSA. She is the founder of a student union and a member of various school subcommittees including the Student Leadership Team. In her free time, she loves to garden/propagate plants, Stand Up Paddleboard, and spend time with her beloved fur babies. She plans to attend college next year studying Biotechnology either at Worchester Polytechnic Institute or The University of Rhode Island. As an activist, Alexa got involved with tobacco prevention work her Freshman year of high school with her local Salem 84 chapter. Her passion increased as she saw the prevalence of vaping and nicotine addiction among peers and even friends. She hopes that through her work on the SLT, she can educate on the addictive nature of vaping and the manipulative tactics used by the tobacco industry to target youth. She makes it her goal to prevent future youth from falling into a lifetime of nicotine addiction.
Evelyn is from Cohasset, a small town south of Boston. She is a senior at Cohasset High School, where she plays tennis, is co-president of Model UN, a member of the debate team, plays the flute for the pep band, and student council treasurer. Evelyn has been a Youth Leader for her town’s coalition for over three years and has attended numerous forums and trainings on youth substance misuse and addiction prevention, where she has brought back the knowledge and resources to lead a group of over 30 students in advocacy and education in their community. Evelyn also has a passion for mental health advocacy and education, and she intertwines both mental health work and substance misuse prevention in her mental health subcommittee she runs in her chapter. She is very excited to make a lasting impact during her last year on the Statewide Leadership Team.
Evyenia is a junior at Lynnfield High School. She has worked to prevent substance misuse since 2020 when she joined her local coalition, A Healthy Lynnfield, as a youth leader. Since then, she has been assisting with various coalition projects surrounding substance misuse. In February 2021, Evyenia attended the CADCA National Youth Leadership Forum and was able to share new outreach strategies with her coalition. Evyenia is also working to start her own mental health awareness group with youth from across the state of Massachusetts. The group is called Wipe Out Stigma; it is a statewide group that focuses on raising awareness about mental health through policy changes. Other than being a part of the youth council and founding WOS, Evyenia spends time as a part of her school mock trial team and band. Outside of school she enjoys reading, spending time with friends and family, and skiing in the winter. As a part of the Statewide Leadership Team, she hopes to gain new leadership experience and to use her passion for substance misuse and mental health advocacy to create change.
Hannah is a sophomore at Leicester High School. It is her second year as a member of the 84 Statewide Leadership Team. Hannah is a student athlete on her school’s girls soccer and tennis teams, and a member of her school’s student council. She was first involved with the 84 Movement as an eighth grader and enjoyed learning about tobacco awareness. She was grateful to be able to make change in her community, which influenced her to apply and join the SLT!
Judelee is a part of her town’s chapter, the Melrose Youth Action Team, which plans and coordinates events with the community such as teaching middle school health classes about the dangers of vaping and drug use. Judelee believes her chapter was the reason she decided to be on the STL team, she says her chapter taught her a lot and for that she is very grateful. As well as being on the Youth Action Team she is also a member of her school’s Robotics team, Color Guard, and participates in mentoring current sixth graders. Judelee is very excited to join the STL team because she believes it will help her communicate new ideas to help make a difference in her community, which will in turn bring more awareness to the dangers drug use poses to many other communities.
Julia (she/her) is a junior at Natick High School, where she is co-chair of her chapter, Natick Above the Influence. She’s passionate about preventing addiction, promoting social justice, and advocating for mental health to make her community a safer, more welcoming environment for everyone. She’s extremely grateful and excited to have the opportunity to shape policy, educate the community, and grow as a leader on the SLT! Julia is also vice president of her school’s Model UN club and is a student mentor, and she loves to read, write, paint, listen to music, explore new places, and spend time with her family and friends.
Kate (she/her) is a senior at Somerville High School. This is her fourth year working with her local 84 chapter, Somerville Positive Forces 100, and her second year on the Statewide Leadership Team. Kate was introduced to the 84 when she attended Kick Butts Day 2019; she was inspired by their impactful advocacy & emphasis on youth empowerment. On the SLT, Kate hopes to reach more youth with education about the harms of tobacco & the importance of racial justice. Her time on the SLT has even driven her to pursue a future in public health! Outside of prevention work, Kate commits her time to interning at a cognitive science lab, organizing community service projects as National Honor Society President, baking, and talking with friends & family.
This is Maajda and her pronouns are she/her. She is from Revere and is a senior at Revere High School. This is her second year as a part of the SLT. She has been a member of her school’s chapter, Power of Know, since her freshman year. Living in an extremely diverse community and attending a public school, she was exposed to the effect and control the tobacco industry has over her peers. Walking into the school bathrooms and seeing a group pass a vape pen amongst one another was a daily event. Later into her freshman year of high school, she was introduced to a club called, Power of Know. The club focuses on tobacco prevention and constantly plans new fundraisers to educate their peers on the harms of products such as vapes and Juuls. Through the club, her interest in tobacco prevention grew and she was later introduced to the 84 team. In the future, Maajda wants to be a nurse practitioner. She plans to have a career in the healthcare field where she can continue to positively impact the health of others around her.
Shannon is currently a junior at Bridgewater-Raynham Regional High School. She is a peer leader of Bridging L.I.V.E.S. along with many other students at her school. Shannon loves to be involved in the community and enjoys helping others. In her spare time, she loves to dance, spend time with friends and family, and do research on substance abuse and pancreatic cancer. Shannon first heard about her chapter at BR from her sister and one of her best friends who is a former SLT member. She knew she wanted to be a part of something where she could use her voice and outgoing personality. Shannon knew she needed to become more involved when vaping became a major issue in her school. She hopes to make a change in her community as vaping, smoking, and drinking has been a problem within her family and community in the past.
Tracy is a senior from Waltham, MA. She is a first-generation Haitian-American and wants to educate herself more on the factors that race have on the tobacco industry’s tactics, and advocate as a voice on behalf of her community. She also loves to cook, run Track (specifically Hurdles), do Model UN, and is very active at her local Boys & Girls Club. She one day aspires to be either a UN Legal Officer or a juvenile defense attorney and as she’s on the Statewide Leadership Team, she hopes to learn how to change statewide policies!
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