(Jackson, Wyo.) - This week, we have been highlighting local students who are working to change the world by 'combatting the silence.'
While we were only able to feature eight full student essays, many other
students used this project as an opportunity to make a difference and
change the world. For the project, it was called the "Guts Factor," because
it takes guts to change the world.
Here are some of the students' "Guts Factors:"
- *Zoe Crisp, Stevie Taylor, and Sophia Tozzi* raised $200.00 for Stolen
Youth, an organization fighting against human trafficking. These gutsy
girls created brochures, dropped them off on Wilson front doors, baked
brownies, cookies, and cupcakes, and educated potential donors for three
hours outside Nora’s Fish Creek Inn.
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- As far back as the Greeks, horses were known for their ability to
mirror human emotions and gait.* Jacob Bentlage* is donating the
proceeds from a full day of work to Jackson Hole Therapeutic Riding
Association, an organization that provides riding opportunities to local
people with disabilities. Jacob realized the impact therapeutic riding has
on individuals’ confidence, balance and overall outlook on life after
observing his cousin participate in a similar program in the midwest.
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- *Rory Sullivan, Brooke McGough, Morgan Duckett, Ben Delaney, and
Matthew Lamb* scrubbed down 30 or so dirty, wiggly dogs, earning $200.00
to fight animal abuse and support Mercy for Animals and PAWS of Jackson
- *Ivan Mendoza* hosted a lemonade stand in front of Mike Yokel park,
raising $150.00 to fight pediatric cancer for St. Jude’s Research Hospital.
- *KC Mcleod* took on homelessness with a bake sale, raising $124.00 to
support The Ladybug Foundation.
- *Charlotte Lee* is raising funds by bake, bake, baking her heart out
in order to put on a bake sale on town square. She is going to donate to
Jackson Hole Community Counseling Center to help support counseling kids
that are having a hard time coping with their parents divorce.
- The mistreatment and neglect of the Native American population leads
to substance abuse and alcoholism, and has made *Rylynn Valdez* so
outraged that she decided she wouldn’t stay silent any longer. She created
beautiful ‘DIY Dreamcatcher Kits’ and went door to door spreading awareness
of the chronic substance abuse and alcoholism among the Native American
population on The Confederate Tribes of the Colville Reservation. So far,
she has raised $80.00 and is still going strong. The funds raised are for
the children of addicted parents to help buy school supplies for the
2016-2017 school year.
- Our time is our most precious commodity but that didn’t stop
superstars *Joseph Romero-Erlanson, Olivia Roberts, and Julia Mahood*
from selflessly giving their time to others. Joseph donated his time to The
Good Samaritan Mission of Jackson Hole, while Olivia and Julia helped out
the Animal Adoption Center of Jackson Hole.
*Teaching to the Youth*
- *Emma Watkins and Sara White* are crusading against illiteracy in
America. The two created an interactive presentation, and with guts of
steel went in front of Mrs. Allen’s and Mr. Ralston’s 3rd graders at Colter
Elementary teaching the importance of reading everyday.
- *Mary Clancy* also went in front of Mr. Ralston’s 3rd graders at
Colter Elementary to teach them the importance of healthy lifestyles. She
presented an interactive Powerpoint to get the students jazzed up about
treating their bodies well through healthy eating and exercise.
- You have heard of the Ice Bucket Challenge whose main goal was to
spread awareness for ALS? Well, *Jacob “Santa” Christen* has bravely
created the ”Everything in Your Fridge Challenge” to spread awareness for
families in poverty. He filmed himself putting everything in his fridge on
a sandwich; mayo, mustard,pickles,syrup, onions, jalapenos, ketchup, jam,
then and ate it! Yuk! Then he challenged another by uploading his video to
social media and tagged a friend asking them to do the challenge and tag
- *Jennifer Lopez* is as shy as they come, yet braved her fears by
presenting information to her peers during an Advisory class that taught
students how to handle a situation if they ever were cyber bullied and who
students should report cyberbullying to.
- *Clint ‘Chewy’ Traver* spent 6 hours conversing with Jackson citizens,
garnering 101 signatures in support of public land protections. “There has
been a growing push by some politicians to privatize public lands. Let’s
tell the politicians that our National Forests and National Parks are not
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- *Parker Smith* used her stunning artistic skills to combat the silence
of animal extinction, drawing and painting a sea turtle, white tiger,
birds, and an elephant. Her paintings have been placed around town as a
powerful reminder that on average 96 elephants are killed a day (Source).
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Shaking off some crazy intense nerves, the following students stepped up to
the mic and recited activist poetry in front of the entire seventh grade.
- *Sofia Nolan, Hyla Chatham:* “Fighter” combatting girls’ inequality
- *Tommy Berner:* “Consequences” combats climate change
- *Braidyn McGough:* ”Every Sip” combats alcohol abuse
- *Itzel Castro Rojas:* “Henry” fights animal abuse
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- *Ally Smith* is concerned by the unchecked rise of artificial
intelligence, so she created a powerful website to spread awareness and
caution. “The point is, we should not be confident that we have this under
- *Tom Salerno and Jacobo Martinez* created a video game to demonstrate
to the world--and their mothers--how gamers can develop skills that
non-gamers might lack. While gamers can track up to 7-8 objects,
non-gamers can only track 3-4. Try out their video game and see for
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Read all the #combatthesilencejh essays here.
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