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State Honoree

Lindsey Kociela

Missouri

Lindsey Kociela, Parkway West Middle School, Chesterfield, organized a fundraising drive called "Hats on For Kids with Cancer" after a classmate was afflicted with the disease. By selling stickers to be placed on donors' hats on a specially designated day, Kociela's annual drive has raised more than $11,500 over the past two years for Friends of Kids with Cancer, a charity serving the St. Louis area.

"I encourage everyone to learn about the struggles of others within our community and strive to create a better life for all."