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State Honoree

Philip Kurian

South Carolina

Philip Kurian, 18, of North Charleston, S.C., a senior at the Academic Magnet High School, founded a chapter of Habitat for Humanity at his school. “When a Habitat for Humanity representative spoke at my church, I saw the complete ramifications of poor living conditions on the individual and family,” said Philip, who was inspired by that talk to help the cause. He first organized a core group of students to help in the application process to develop the chapter, and then recruited more than 60 fellow students to join. Once approved, Philip and his group began working on houses being built by the Charleston affiliate, raising funds through aluminum can recycling initiatives, and conducting outreach workshops in area high schools. Philip and his chapter also have drummed up support from area churches, businesses and organizations, and intend to completely fund one Habitat house this year at the price tag of $45,000. Today, the group has more than 100 members and is working with other area high schools to spread Habitat’s message.