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State Honoree

Hannah Johnson

Angel Fire, New Mexico

Hannah Johnson, 11, of Angel Fire, N.M., a member of the Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails and a fifth-grader at Eagle Nest Elementary School, took on a project to warn residents of her town about dangerous weather conditions, and also collected supplies for a firefighting crew battling a nearby wildfire. Hannah’s “Weather Awareness” project began when she realized last year that many people in her area were unaware that dry conditions had necessitated a fire ban. She printed fliers about the ban and posted them at the post office and local businesses. She subsequently posted fliers about the possibility of flash floods, strong winds and lightning strikes, and included information on how residents can keep track of hazardous weather and local road conditions. After speaking with her town’s fire chief, Hannah also purchased a red flag for his department to warn the public about wildfires.

When a fire did break out in a neighboring town, Hannah started collecting supplies for firefighters being housed at her school. She set up a table in front of a local store and passed out a list of needed items to shoppers passing by. After they had bought and donated bottled water, toiletries, T-shirts and other supplies, Hannah filled her mother’s car and delivered them to her school. “Collecting supplies for the firefighters and seeing the smiles on their faces was one of my favorite moments,” she said.