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State Honoree

Elizabeth Hundley

North Carolina

Elizabeth Hundley, 13, of High Point, N.C., an eighth-grader at Ferndale Middle School, raises money to help prevent Iodine Deficiency Disorder. After seeing a video about the global impact of this condition, Elizabeth decided to help. “Just one nickel can save a life from this horrible disease,” she said. “In the video, I was able to see the mental retardation, cretinism, and goiters and not just read about them in a textbook. When I saw these people, I knew I could do something to help.” Elizabeth helped collect donations at school and throughout her community, then participated in a national television interview along with several other teen volunteers. Soon she was speaking about IDD prevention to local Kiwanis Clubs and other community organizations. In June of 2000, she was a keynote speaker at the International Kiwanis Convention in Miami. “The elimination of a disorder is not an easy or simple task,” Elizabeth said. “It requires a tremendous amount of effort from a lot of people.”