Student Activist

Nicole Frances Delesdernier

“Service brings me peace, joy and a sense of purpose,” says Nicole Frances Delesdernier, an incoming senior at St. Mary’s Dominican High School. As a member of St. Angela Merici Parish, Delesdernier has been an active member of the Catholic…

Andrew Woodward Downing

Andrew Woodward Downing is a seventh grader at Stuart Hall School for Boys, and he’s very active in his community. Volunteering with the Miracle League has been one of his most rewarding experiences. Last spring, Downing was paired up with…

Regan Starnes Nelson

Regan Starnes Nelson is a junior at Metairie Park Country Day School who has invested a great deal of time with organizations in order to make an impact on her school and New Orleans.Nelson is a member of a school…

Jeanne Michel

Jeanne Elise Michel, senior at Mount Carmel Academy, has been an active volunteer at the Louisiana SPCA for the past seven years. Over the past two years, Michel has concentrated her volunteering in the veterinary clinic. “I have had the…

Doyle “Red” Cooper

Doyle “Red” Cooper knows the true spirit of being a jazz musician in New Orleans.  As a senior at both New Orleans Center for Creative Arts and New Orleans Charter Science and Math High School, his love for music is…

Theresa Sivori

Theresa Caroline Sivori, a seventh grader at St. George Episcopal School, knows that teenagers love jewelry. She volunteers with the Beads for Life Organization, which is a program that helps the women of Uganda make money by selling beads. The…

Grace Heidel

A senior at Academy of the Sacred Heart, Grace Heidel enjoys spending her free time volunteering at Ozanam Inn, Kingsley House and October Rebuild. Heidel was able to attend a trip to Poughkeepsie, N.Y., to work on Sprout Creek Farm…

Hillary Haspel

“I have learned – and continue to learn – the importance of community service, not only to those it directly affects, but also to the greater community,” says Hillary Haspel, a senior at Isidore Newman School. “I feel rewarded after…

Bailey Duhé

“No matter how much or how little you have, you can always give back by doing something as simple as giving someone a smile,” says Bailey Duhé, a senior at Mount Carmel Academy. Duhé is extremely active in her school…

Megha Fernandes

“I’ve gained a sense of fulfillment from my activism by knowing that the work I’m doing is motivating students in my school, and at the same time is helping students across the world,” says Megha Fernandes, a junior at Benjamin…

Sarah Seyler

Sarah Seyler is a junior at St. Mary’s Dominican High School and primarily focuses on rescuing animals in New Orleans.Seyler works with Animal Rescue New Orleans, a private no-kill animal shelter formed after Hurricane Katrina with a mission to rescue,…

Paige Cohn

Paige Elizabeth Cohn is an incoming senior at St. Michael’s Special School where she has attended since 2004 when her family moved back from Dallas, Texas.Cohn is a member of the student council, a co-chair for the activity committee and…

Amy Coulter Schully

“Activism is not academic, and yet I feel as though it teaches me the most about how to be the best person I can be, not the best student in the classroom,” says Amy Coulter Schully, an incoming junior at…

Mason Page

Mason Page is a 13-year-old seventh grader at Stuart Hall School for Boys. There, Page is the head of the recycling committee and is involved with Stuart Hall’s Round Table and student government. Being the head of the recycling committee,…

Bernard Sanchez Jr.

Although Bernard “Ben” William Sanchez Jr. is only a junior at Brother Martin High School, already he has made a great impact in many aspects of his community and the communities of others. For the past three years, Sanchez attended…

Susannah Albert-Chandhok

New Orleans is known for its delicious cuisines, side-of-the-road fruit stands and weekly farmers markets, and this month’s student activist, Susannah Albert-Chandhok, a senior from Lusher Charter High School, has dedicated her volunteerism to the Crescent City Farmers Market and…

Gabrielle Spangenberg

Gabrielle “Gaby” Nicette Spangenberg is a senior at McGehee and will be graduating this May. Like every senior, Gaby hopes to have made an impact on her high school and peers; being an activist since an early age, she has…

Henry Hadden Creel

Gaining a sense of responsibility and dedication to the community might normally be something that comes with age, but 12-year-old Henry Hadden Creel, who attends Holy Name of Jesus School, is already making profound differences to improve the lives of…

Frances Reisman

Juvenile Diabetes is a daily, life threatening disease that can leave adolescents feeling helpless and confused. Frances Reisman was diagnosed with Juvenile Diabetes when she was only 3, but is doing everything she can to help others. This cheerful seventh…

Michael Friedlander

At the end of this month Michael Friedlander will be turning 18, and in past years he has proved that he’s very committed to the science community. Friedlander began his journey as a student activist when he joined the National…

Avery Friend

Attending school as a senior at both Mandeville High School and NOCCA|Riverfront, studying creative writing, applying for colleges and still finding time to volunteer locally and nationally makes Avery Friend fully qualified to be considered a Student Activist. During the…

Nicole Simoneaux

With the beginning of her senior year already underway at St. Mary’s Dominican High School, Nicole Simoneaux has made her mark throughout her school community and New Orleans. Simoneaux is active in the local community by working and volunteering to…

Laurel Giacone

Three years ago, Laurel Giacone was diagnosed with Marfan syndrome. This potentially life-threatening connective tissue disorder affects the lungs, heart, skeletal system and eyes. Instead of letting this disease define her life, this incoming Mount Carmel freshman is taking action…

Student Activist: Peter Flores

Peter Flores’s list of accomplishments includes everything from doing volunteer work in the Appalachia, to studying film at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, to gaining acceptance to the University of Notre Dame for the fall. One might think…