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Photo of State Honoree Marissa McGinnis

Marissa McGinnis

Oregon

Marissa McGinnis, 17, of Klamath Falls, Ore., a senior at Mazama High School, took on responsibility for organizing an annual volleyball game at her school that raised more than $6,500 to provide local uninsured women with free mammograms. Since her freshman year, Marissa has participated in her school's volleyball program and in its yearly "Pink Game," a fundraiser benefiting Norma's Challenge, a local organization dedicated to breast cancer awareness and support. "As my senior year approached, I volunteered to take over as head coordinator of the game," she said. "I rejoiced at the opportunity to take charge."

Marissa spent last summer seeking sponsorships from local businesses so she could buy and print 500 T-shirts for the game, which she then sold with the help of teammates and members of the opposing team at both high schools and throughout the community. She also coordinated the sale of raffle tickets, refreshments at the game, and the collection of individual donations. Marissa's "Pink Game," which drew a "huge turnout" of students and community members last September, featured not only exciting volleyball, but also breast cancer survivors who spoke during breaks in the action. "It really proved to everyone that this is something that should be taken very seriously and that breast cancer affects everyone," said Marissa.