Grace Masback, 18, aspires to give voice to the voiceless and holds the modest ambition of becoming the voice of Gen Z. She’s the founder of WANT, a news, sports, and entertainment website that aggregates the best in high school journalism from school papers and teen bloggers worldwide (www.wantnewsforteens.com). Grace writes for the Huffington Post and AwesomenessTV.com and consults on web strategy and content for School of Doodle. She was recently the Oregon Representative to the Neuharth Free Spirit & Journalism Conference (Washington, D.C.) and the ANNpower Vital Voices Forum (NYC), and was awarded a Catlin Gabel Innovation Fellowship to develop a summer journalism program for disadvantaged youth. In March, she took her third visit to rural villages in Nicaragua, where she focuses on empowering girls, helping them realize the life-altering nature of gaining the skills necessary for a productive career. Back home in Portland, Oregon, she works with the Bus Project to register young people to vote, ran the youth campaign for a successful mayoral candidate, and co-organized the city’s first-ever forum on the police use of force. She lives by the C.G. Jung admonition, “You are what you do, not what you say you’ll do.”
Caitlin Smith is a Sophomore at Tigard High, where she occupies her time with cheerleading and overachieving. She is the president of English National Honor Society and French club. Someday, she wants to be a journalist that people from different places of nurture can rely on. Until then, she will continue to write for local papers in the finest little city in the world.
Advay Koranne is a 16 year old sophomore at Catlin Gabel high school. He enjoys the nature the northwest has to offer. Advay also is a black belt in Taekwondo and is the leader of a student club called UJIMA in which students are brought together to talk about pressing issues in the community and around the world. Advay is also a co-leader in the organization of Diverstiy Summit 2k-18 in which over 600 students attended workshops and small break out discussions.