Meet the Current SLT

Aaron

Aaron Cullity is currently a sophomore at Aaron Cullity is currently a junior at Holbrook Middle High School. He is involved in many extracurricular activities, such as newspaper club, theater, chorus, student council, GSA, and many other activities. Aaron first got his start with advocacy in 2018, passing local policies alongside his coalition. He decided to first get involved with the 84 when the use of e-cigarettes was on the rise. He had seen his peers and family members using tobacco products and saw the effects it had. Now he wants to make a change. While being on the Statewide Leadership Team for less than a year, he hopes to continue with the 84 throughout his high school career and advocacy work beyond graduation.

Alex

Alex is a member of the Statewide Leadership Team member and comes from Salem Massachusetts. In his hometown, he is involved in many groups that tackle issues in the community. He has always been passionate on the issue of tobacco prevention and cessation. People in his city would always smoke in public, even in front of kid friendly places such as the library, people he knew from older generations had become addicted to smoking and his peers began to become addicted to vaping, so he decided it was time to put an end to Big Tobacco.

Ayannah

Ayannah is a senior who attends Holyoke High School, a vocational school. She joined the SLT her freshman year of high school, which she learned about through one of her jobs as a peer health advocate. She thought that the SLT would be a good place for her to learn more about tobacco and the industry, because her grandpa died from smoking related illnesses, and her grandma currently smokes. Ayannah attends health assisting classes, which will help her become a CNA (certified nurse assistant) by the middle of her senior year.

Brett

Brett is a senior at Avon high school. He is a passionate and optimistic leader, holding various leadership roles such as: ACES President, Vice-President of the National Honors Society, and a member of the Boston Children’s Hospital Teen Advisory Committee. Brett will continue to work tirelessly, trying to create change in our country. He believes that together, we can fight for justice; establishing equality and equity for all. He will also work to prevent the use of drugs and alcohol. The 84’s Statewide Leadership Team fights for everything Brett believes in, and he is thrilled to join the team.

Evelyn

Evelyn is from Cohasset, a small town south of Boston. She is a sophomore at Cohasset High School, where she plays basketball and tennis, and is a member of the debate team, environmental team, band/pep band, and student council. Evelyn has been a youth ambassador for her town’s coalition since her freshman year, and has attended numerous forums and trainings on youth prevention. Evelyn also has a passion for mental health advocacy and education, and she intertwines both mental health work and substance misuse prevention. She is very excited for the upcoming year and the years to follow on the Statewide Leadership Team, hoping to make an impact in preventing youth vaping!

Hannah

Hannah is a freshman at Leicester High School. She plays defense for her high school’s soccer team. She enjoys reading and skiing. Last year Hannah was the president of The 84 Club at Leicester Middle School. She spoke to the school committee, did a poster campaign, and an art wall project to raise awareness of Big Tobacco targeting youth. This year Hannah wants to improve as a student and as an athlete.

Judelee

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.

Kate

Kate recently moved to Somerville, Massachusetts from Connecticut and is a junior at Somerville High. Kate rows for Community Rowing Inc. in Brighton. She also takes part in Teen Health Advisory, Somerville Positive Forces, and the SHS Community Service Club to volunteer and pursue her interest in teen health. Kate was introduced to the 84 when she attended Kick Butts Day with her local chapter, SPF. Through her work on the Statewide Leadership Team, Kate hopes to educate youth about the harms of tobacco products and empower others to make healthy decisions. She is grateful for the opportunity to work with the 84 to expand her knowledge on prevention and advocate for impactful policy change.

Kira

Kira is a senior at Cohasset High School and a youth leader at her local prevention coalition. She has been working to prevent substance misuse since 2017 when she joined her local Coalition as a youth ambassador. Since then, she’s become a youth leader and now works to facilitate meetings and run projects. In her free time you’ll find her getting creative anywhere she can, whether it’s painting/drawing or changing up her clothes. As a member of the 84 Statewide leadership team Kira is excited to help educate and to learn from her fellow youth.

Luca

Luca is from Needham Massachusetts where he attends Needham High School as a senior. He is involved in activities such as theater and student council. Since his first year at Needham High School, Luca has been an active member of SALSA (Students Advocating Life Without Substance Abuse) and has been very passionate about tobacco prevention especially since many of the health risks can be avoided with early prevention. Through SALSA Luca has created PSA’s, educated youth and parents and participated in many townwide meetings. Now he is ready to take his tobacco prevention work to the next level with the Statewide Leadership Team.

Luis

Luis is a recent member of the State wide Leadership Team who has been involved since last year. Luis currently lives in Salem, MA where the LEAP program is located, and where Luis goes every possible day hoping to find new experiences through all of the fun and interesting different activities that they offer for all of the students, also hoping to meet new people to listen and observe their different perspectives. Luis attends to Salem High School where Luis participates in student government and other actives throughout the city. Luis is eager to learn, to help, to do, as much as possible by taking every chance he gets to experience something new to become a good leader that guides, listens, and helps people. He will become the president.

Maajda

Maajda is entering her junior year at Revere High School. She has always had in interest in a job in a medical field. Recently, she found herself to be interested in nursing. She is involved in many clubs at her school including the Muslim Student Association, student council, math team, etc. Maajda is also a part of the Varsity Cross Country team as well as the Junior Varsity Track and Field team. She has always enjoyed running since she was a child.

Mihret

Mihret is currently a senior at Everett high school. She was born and raised in Ethiopia, and is fiercely passionate about serving and benefiting her community. She is a youth leader for an organization called Portal To Hope, which serves domestic violence victims. In this particular role, Mihret writes articles for their newsletter, represents them at community events and spreads awareness using online platforms. Additionally, she is also on her school’s student council where she voices students’ concerns in an effective manner. Joining the Statewide Leadership Team has been a goal of Mihret’s ever since she joined TEASA and quickly learned of all the ways SLT is fighting the tobacco and vaping industries. She is extremely thrilled to have an opportunity to serve her community and be a voice for those who can’t speak.

Shali

Shali is Cape Verdean, Native American and African American. She loves all her cultures and other cultures as well. She love being on a team. Shali lives in Dorchester and works for Girls LEAP; a company that teaches girls, and people who identify as female, physical and mental self defense. She is a pioneer of her Chapter; Shali has attended multiple trainings and helps recruit new change agents. The color blue is amazing to her, and she loves PIZZA! She enjoys being around others who are passionate.

Shannon

Shannon is currently a sophomore 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. In her spare time, she loves to dance, spend time with 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

Tracy is 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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