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State Honoree

Joshua Wentz

Ohio

Joshua Wentz, Belpre Junior High, discovered that his best friend had cancer and was facing financial difficulties, so he organized a celebrity auction and raffle. Working with local media and service clubs in his community, he obtained donated items from celebrities and area businesses for his auction which raised over a thousand dollars for his friend. Wentz sent 250 letters, made signs and banners, collected more than I 00 donated items, and persuaded the mayor of his town to speak at the auction.

"The great reward for me was seeing a community and community leaders coming together and willing to work with me for my friend and his family."