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State Honoree

Randi Pope

Mississippi

Randi Pope, Long Beach Middle School, founded an organization called "Circle of Friends" to fight negative peer pressure. After she proposed the program to an assembly of 996 fellow students, more than half of them signed a pledge code to become "COF" members. Each month the group recognizes students who perform special acts of kindness, highlighting them on the school's morning news show.

"The most important thing I learned from this experience is to have courage and speak out for what you believe in."