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State Honoree

Jesse Waite


Jesse Waite, 13, of W. Mack Lyon Middle School in Overton, Nevada, designed and organized a landscaping project to beautify an empty lot at a local elementary school. Once Jesse received approval from the principal and school board, he recruited many classmates, fellow scouts, and family members to help dig trenches, clear brush, and plant trees and flowers. He also could convince area businesses to support the project by donating landscaping supplies. Despite some problems that could have kept the project from taking off, Jesse's patience and determination enabled him to see the project through.