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Photo of State Honoree Macy Vasquez

Macy Vasquez

Grand Forks, North Dakota

Macy Vasquez, 14, of Grand Forks, N.D., an eighth-grader at Valley Middle School, has volunteered in numerous activities in both her school and city, from helping out at a local daycare to cleaning up trash at local parks. Macy was inspired to volunteer when she was in the sixth grade and saw posters and heard intercom announcements about various volunteer opportunities. “I became a volunteer because I enjoy helping people and places that need help,” she said. When she attended her first volunteer meetings, “it was like a spark of something that told me I should be doing this.”

As a member of several school groups that emphasize service to others, Macy has washed cars for Special Olympics, counted money at concession stands, cleaned up trash along the Greenway, helped build a mini-library for elementary students, mentored new students at her school, and attended city council meetings with fellow students to brainstorm ways to improve their town. She also volunteered for a whole summer at a local daycare facility. “I love to be involved,” said Macy. “It is very rewarding to help others.”