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State Honoree

Derek Swierczek


Derek Swierczek, William Fremd High School, Palatine, campaigned to have all cigarette vending machines removed from his town to help prevent underage smoking. After he succeeded, Swierczek was invited to join the American Lung Association in a protest against smoking at the Democratic National Convention. He also speaks to students at local schools on the dangers of smoking.

"Volunteering allows you to experience another side of life because you are doing something you feel strongly about, but are not required to do."