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State Honoree

Thanh Tran

District Of Columbia

Thanh Tran, 17, of Washington, D.C., a senior at Francis L. Cardozo Senior High School, created and supervised a children’s game station for a community-wide Vietnamese Moon Festival. When asked by his Boy Scout leader to help with the festival, Thanh realized it was a chance to test his leadership skills and serve as a positive role model. “I was excited to have a chance to be a leader in my Vietnamese community and to have a positive influence on young kids,” he said. First, Thanh had to come up with a fun yet inexpensive activity for his festival station. He designed a bowling game with water bottles and tennis balls, and tested the idea on younger Scouts to make sure it was challenging and fun. Then he recruited members of his own patrol plus Scouts from another troop to help manage the game station. “Everyone had a good time and our game station got the most tickets from kids who wanted to play the game,” Thanh reported. More importantly, the festival “was a great opportunity for Viet kids who were born in the United States to understand part of their culture,” he said.