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State Honoree

Lisa Guttentag

North Carolina

Lisa Guttentag, 17, of Grimsley High School in Greensboro, North Carolina, established an out­ of-school club dedicated to community service projects after an experience with a similar school­ run club was disappointing. "Many students joined service clubs only to embellish their college applications," said Lisa. "But I knew how enjoyable helping people could be, and wondered why a club did not exist in which my friends and I could make use of our eagerness to aid the community.'' As founder and president of Teens Active in Greensboro Service (TAGS), Lisa organizes and oversees monthly activities, and serves as a liaison with community organizations. The group, which consists of 21 young ladies, has hosted parties for homeless children, prepared Thanksgiving meals for needy families, made teddy bears for area children's hospitals, and raised money to benefit Habitat for Humanity, contributing over 300 volunteer hours in the group's start-up year. Though Lisa knows that one meal or one teddy bear may not change a person's life, she truly believes that TAGS can add a little happiness to a sad or difficult life.