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State Honoree

Jami Perez

Alabama

Jami Perez, McGill Toolen High School, Mobile, was recognized for organizing a fund-raising drive for a 9-year-old boy who needed surgery and could not afford it. Jami organized a walk-a-thon, an "out-of-uniform" day at her school, and a collection campaign at a local fast-food restaurant. Her fundraising activities raised over $5,000 for the young boy's operation and enlisted the support of students of all ages, parents, teachers and the business community.