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State Honoree

Cory Snyder

Maryland

Cory Snyder, St. Pius X, Bowie, ran a campaign that raised over $25,000 to buy a piece of lifesaving equipment for the Bowie fire department. While watching a feature on NBC's "Dateline," he learned about the Infrared Imaging System (IRIS), which helps firefighters see through smoke to find people. Snyder spent nearly five months organizing a raffle, writing and giving speeches, obtaining media coverage, and requesting donations. His campaign was successful, making Bowie only the second town in Maryland to own the equipment.

"By completing this project, I learned to always be positive and polite, and never to take 'no' for an answer. I know you can achieve what seems to be the impossible if you are determined and willing to try."