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State Honoree

Ryan Tanner

Oklahoma

Ryan Tanner, Will Rogers Junior High School, Claremore, started a fundraising project with his family to contribute to a "Share the Spirit" Christmas drive. The drive, sponsored by Tanner's local newspaper, collects money to buy Christmas gifts for needy children. Tanner and his sister gather mistletoe from trees to sell outside a nearby shopping mall, and over the past two holiday seasons, have donated $325 to the Christmas drive.

"Learn to help others - it feels a lot better to give than to receive."