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Think Big Team


Aaron Witt
University of Toledo
Abigail Elsey
University of South Carolina
Andrew String
University of Maryland
Ashlee Balcerzak
Ohio State University
Coby Owens
University of Delaware
Jessie Sommers
Purdue Global University
Leanne Joyce
Furman University
Shannen Recio
UC Davis
Sonja Hegel
The George Washington University
Nick Price
Averett University
Jaden Harvey
The George Washington University
Jason Garwood
Carnegie Mellon University
Abigail Haley
Ithaca College
Jeremiah Anthony
Pepperdine University
Rahil Thanawala
Fisher High School
Roann Abdeladl
Clemson University
Chiara Savage Schwartz
Marin Academy
Aaron Witt
University of Toledo

Aaron Witt is a freshman biology student at the University of Toledo with a concentration in Pre-Vet. He founded a local organization called Pups For Purpose, where members visit special education classrooms with dogs as a form of therapy. He was actively engaged in Students In Action in high school, and was President his senior year. Aaron has a passion for dogs, members of the military, and individuals with special needs.

Abigail Elsey
University of South Carolina

Abigail Elsey is an Early Childhood Education major with a minor in Psychology at the University of South Carolina. She was the president of her Students in Action team in high school and served as the Intern Conference Coordinator for the multiple Students in Action conferences in the Midlands. Abigail is the founder and president of the Multiplying Good Collegiate Society at USC which serves to inspire a passion for service in elementary aged children and celebrate those doing great service on campus. She believes that kindness can change the world and by inspiring and empowering the youth of today, we will be bettering the world of tomorrow.

Andrew String
University of Maryland

Andrew String is a sophomore who is studying government and politics at the University of Maryland. His hometown is Sewell, New Jersey. Currently, Andrew is most significantly involved as the Director of Alumni Relations and Tradition for the Student Government Association, as a Resident Assistant in Wicomico Hall, on the Honor Council of the University Student Judiciary, and as the Vice President of Campus Programming for the Student Alumni Leadership Council. Andrew’s strives to give his service meaning, his mission as a public servant is to give every minority a voice, and use his privilege to create equal opportunities for underrepresented and underserved populations.

Ashlee Balcerzak
Ohio State University

Ashlee is actively involved with many service projects and initiatives and supports an action-oriented volunteer culture within her community. She received the President’s Award for Volunteer Service, is a two time Jefferson Youth Award recipient and a regional recipient for the National Spirit of Community Award. She has helped to raise over $40,000 and collected over 8,000 items for others internationally and domestically this year. Ashlee attends The Ohio State University studying Biology-Pre Med and Spanish and believes in the motto “service above self.” Together, we can make a difference and change the world.

Coby Owens
University of Delaware

Coby is a hard-working and dedicated youth, whose goals are to help those in need who currently attends the University of Delaware. He works continuously to help his community, whether it is the elderly or the poor. Since 2009 he has been involved with Multiplying Good, helping his team at Salesianum School win both the SIA national award and ambassador level award.

Jessie Sommers
Purdue Global University

Jess is a sophomore at Purdue Global University. She has been actively engaged in her community for as long as she can remember by participating in her high school’s Student in Action group, volunteering at various places within her community, and even running her own service project. She began Mary’s Movement when her young cousin with special needs, Mary, died suddenly. After her death, she raised money and awareness through events focused on unifying special needs children with their peers and remains passionate about eliminating bullying and contributing to her community.

Leanne Joyce
Furman University

Leanne is studying Psychology on the Pre-Medical track at Furman University. She has been involved with Multiplying Good for four years as a Globechanger and Think Big Team member. Leanne founded Positive Impact for Kids a 501(c)(3) non-profit at age 12. Her organization provides hospitals with requested items from their wish lists. To date, she has raised over $140,000 and partners with two hospitals in every state. Positive Impact for Kids has donated more than 130 iPads and over 2,000 gift cards, impacting more than 500,000 pediatric patients.

Shannen Recio
UC Davis

Shannen Recio is a current freshman at UC Davis pursuing a degree in Global Diseases Biology, where she is focusing on researching T-cell lymphomas.. She has been part of Multiplying Good for almost five years now and was president of the Students In Action team at her school for two years. Her passion for service extends beyond Multiplying Good. She started her own nonprofit organization when she was a sophomore in high school called 'New Beginnings' aiming to provide hope, love, and a new beginning to a refugee family in need through care packages. Continuing with her passion for refugees, she served as a Congressional Action Team member for UNICEF and a youth speaker and advocate for genUN.

Sonja Hegel
The George Washington University

Sonja is a student at The George Washington University studying International Affairs and Global Public Health. She joined Students In Action as a sophomore and was president of the SIA team at her high school. In addition to the Think Big Team, she is also a member of the SIA Curriculum Advisory Board. Sonja is passionate about women’s health and gender equality and focuses her studies and community service on women’s empowerment and public health. Working with this organization has allowed her to engage her community in service, effectively spread her message, and maximize the impact of her work.

Nick Price
Averett University

Nick Price is currently a sophomore soccer player at Averett University who is double majoring in Business Management and Accounting with a minor in Communications. After successfully battling a brain tumor in 2015, he created the Nick Price Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the financial and emotional support of families fighting cancer. Formerly a local Jefferson Award winner in Charleston, South Carolina and a graduate of the Duke University Non-Profit Management Certification class, Nick and his volunteers have helped thousands of families across the nation and plan to help infinitely more as they grow every year. 

Jaden Harvey
The George Washington University

Jaden Harvey is a freshman at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. where he is studying political science. He was an active member of his high school’s Students in Action team for three years. As a part of the S.I.A., he worked on a project called Operation Falcon Revitalization, which seeks to bring new economic and social opportunities to the historic community of Brownsville, Pennsylvania. He believes in the unique ability of young people to create real, lasting changes in their communities, and is especially passionate about inspiring others to serve their hometowns. 

Jason Garwood
Carnegie Mellon University

Jason is a student at Carnegie Mellon University working toward a degree in Architecture. He has an interest in using kindness as a platform to let others be heard and spread the infectious power of service. Jason began Multiplying Good as a member of Students in Action as a high school sophomore and has continued organizing service projects into college. At Carnegie Mellon, he works as part of Emerging Leaders and Freedom By Design through the American Institute of Architecture Students to educate, aid, and defeat adversity in the local Pittsburgh area. 
 

Abigail Haley
Ithaca College

Abby is currently a third year student at Ithaca College, pursuing a degree in Documentary Film, Art History, & International Politics. She created multimedia for her alma mater’s Students in Action program for three consecutive years, and was invited to attend the national ceremony in Washington DC as a senior. This experience led her to pursue service-oriented work in higher education and beyond. Abby is passionate about women’s rights, environmental sustainability and prison reform, and uses a multidisciplinary approach to share stories and create change.

Jeremiah Anthony
Pepperdine University

Jeremiah is from Iowa City, IA, and graduated from Pepperdine University with a bachelor’s degree in History and Conflict Management. Outside of school, Jeremiah started an anti-bullying and anti-suicide movement that has spread to over 100 countries on six continents and been recognized as exemplary by the United Nations. Jeremiah’s work utilizes social media, an online suicide hotline, radio, and restorative justice techniques to mitigate bullying. On average, two people every week are saved from committing suicide because of Jeremiah’s work. 
 

Rahil Thanawala
Fisher High School

Rahil was born in Indianapolis and is now a senior at Fisher High School. Four years ago, he got the idea to design an electronic device to assist his grandmother with her Alzheimer’s therapy. Rahil began with showing photos to his grandmother. They brought back the memory of a person and she could tell a story about them. Rahil founded the SnapLink in 2014. In that year, he and a few sponsors won a Sundance Audience Award for the screening of the film “Alive Inside.” Presently, Rahil and TheSnapLink is working on a clinical trial and IRB approval. Rahil Thanawala was selected as one of the recipients for the 2016 National Power of Children Award. He is an Eagle Scout and enjoys playing tennis.  
 

Roann Abdeladl
Clemson University

Roann is a student at Clemson University where she is majoring in Health Science on the pre-med track and plans to pursue a career as a physician working in the area of global health. She is passionate about involving youth in interfaith dialogue through her organization the Youth Interfaith and is involved in Clemson's Undergraduate Student Government as a student Senator, the Clemson University Muslim Students Association, and Student Funding Board. She participated in Students in Action during high school, and it was instrumental in shaping her passion for community service. She hopes to give back to Multiplying Good through her role on the Think Big Team. 

Chiara Savage Schwartz
Marin Academy

Chiara is currently a freshman at Marin Academy in California. Over the past three years Chiara has worked to bring non-electric slow cookers, called Wonderbags, to low income communities around the world. Through grassroots fundraising she brought these eco-friendly cooking tools to over 800 families in South Africa, and now is working to activate Wonderbags with Bay Area families. Wonderbags save up to 80% of the fuel needed to cook your food and reduce time poverty, allowing women and girls the time to determine their educational and financial futures. She is also passionate about improving girls’ access to education. By activating community partners around her area, she hopes to improve the quality of education for young women in her community.