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Shianna has something that is like a superpower, and that is hope for herself and self-confidence. Shianna never gives up in any situation, thinks positive things and is persistent. She realizes that she can show people that she can succeed if she sets her mind to it. Shianna uses her superpower to accomplish her goals because she believes like Dr. Ben Carson, that “Anyone with a normal brain has the capacity to do almost anything, but when one has special gifts or talents (and everyone has) and takes advantage of and develops these talents, that person is likely to excel.”

Shianna Franklin
Atlanta, GA

Alex aspires to become an engineer when he is older because he loves math and science. He is a Boy Scout and loves camping, hiking, caving, swimming and being in the outdoors. In addition, Alex likes to play the upright (double) bass, and enjoys distance running events and tutoring through the National Honor Society. He is a 2nd degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do and also participates in his church’s youth choir. Alex has won first place in Team Projects Category at Metro Science Fairs and received the Gold Status Medal from the Middle Tennessee STEM Expo in 2013.

Alex Jolly
Nashville, TN

Iyesha, a fifth-grader at KIPP West Philadelphia Preparatory Charter School has a dream of going to culinary arts school and making a variety of sweets. She is an avid hockey player and enjoys spending her time reading books about fairy tales and making jewelry and crafts.

Iyesha Belgrave
Philadelphia, PA

Ilse participates in the Nica Crew, which is a group of youth who are chosen to travel to Nicaragua to assist with community development. Ilse has also played a pivotal role in her involvement with Little Pencils, a program which helps a school in El Mercado Central called Pan y Amor. This international community leader is also a member of the yearbook staff and Spanish club at school. 

Ilse Brenner
Palmetto Bay, FL

Briam is a member of both the National Honor Society and Hispanic Honor Society where he is involved in different activities such as food drives and fund raising. He has received various trophy excellence awards for foreign language, science and mathematics. Briam dreams of becoming a certified public accountant. 

Briam Hernandez
Hialeah, FL