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Texans Standing Tall
Texans Standing Tall attracted and selected a stellar group of youth leaders to work in partnership with TST, to prevent alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use. Each Youth Leadership Council member is actively involved in numerous leadership opportunities to create healthier and safer communities while building upon their leadership skills. Throughout the year, members are required to complete a prevention project in their community and help prepare about presentation for TST's 2017 Statewide Summit. The members serve a one-year term from October through September.
Please welcome Texans Standing Tall Youth Leadership Council Members!
Taryn Quinn is in her sixth year as a Youth Leadership Council member. She is a senior at the Art Institute of Austin and is getting her Bachelors of Fine Art in Fashion Design. Taryn was a part of the Zero Tolerance Youth Coalition in Hearne, TX and decided to join the YLC because she is interested in educating and encouraging her community to be active members of the community. Taryn is interested in sewing and patternmaking. She describes herself as an introverted extrovert.
Isabel Dunkelberger is a first-year Youth Leadership Council Member and is a senior at Timber Creek High School. She joined the YLC because she is a passionate leader and hoped to involve more youth in alcohol prevention rather than accept social norms. Isabel is involved in the Keystone Church, Earth Warriors, French Club and Book Club. She is also on the varsity cross country and varsity track and field.
Carlos Vela is a second-year Youth Leadership Council member. He is a senior at Ingleside High School and plans to study science and nursing when he gets to college. Carlos joined the YLC because he is passionate about youth alcohol consumption prevention. He is the Student Council President, SADD President, a National Honor Society member, Say What! Teen ambassador (3rd year), National Youth Ambassador for Campaign for tobacco-free kids, Committee member of the Youth Engagement Alliance Team, State ACCEPT Ambassador, Special Olympic volunteer, and in the Junior Achieve Program.
AJ Cortez has been in the Youth Leadership Council for four years. He is sophomore studying social work at Our Lady of the Lake University. AJ joined the YLC because he cares about the well-being and safety of others and hopes to change people’s perception of alcohol in his community. He is a mentor for the Leadership Initiative for Freshman Excellence, a Resident Assistant and a member of the Worden Social Work Organization.
Myrka Lila is a first-year Youth Leadership Council member and is a senior at Lufkin High School. She joined the YLC to make a change in her community be decreasing underage consumption. She is a member of KYSSED, Drug Free All-Stars, Spanish Club, Gear up Club and Diamond Dolls. Myrka plays soccer and enjoys crafting and organizing.
Ashton Baker is a first-year Youth Leadership Council member and is a senior at Ingleside High School. She joined the YLC because she wants to help lower the underage alcohol consumption rate. She is a member of SADD, Student Council, National Honor Society and Say What, and plays softball.
Kadie Beth Wisener is a first-year YLC member and a senior at Crimson Christian Academy. She joined the YLC because she hopes to effectively teach other teens about the alcohol prevention. Kadie Beth is student president of the Texas High School Rodeo Association, president of the Crimson Christian Academy Student Council and a Drug Free All-Star. She does barrel racing, pole bending, and trap shooting.
Kayla Gardner is a second-year Youth Leadership Council and a freshman at Midwestern State University. Kayla reapplied to the YLC because she learned a lot in her first year and is hoping to make a bigger difference this year. She hopes to become an advocate in Texas. Kayla loves singing and plays the trumpet and piano. She hopes to become a doctor of pediatric oncology.
Kendrion Ferrell is in his second year in the Youth Leadership Council and a freshman at Texas A&M. Kendrion joined the Youth Leadership Council because he was a Drug Free All-Star and wanted to make an impact on youth alcohol consumption. H is interest are prevention work and medicine and plans to work as a psychiatrist.
Andrea Marquez is a second-year Youth Leadership Council member and is a junior at Loretto Academy High School. She joined the YLC to because she wants to become more informed on underage drinking and how she can make a difference in the underage alcohol consumption rates. She is a part of the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, Junior Leadership, HOPE Club, LEAP Club and Teen Advisory Board.
Jesus Cabrales is a third-year Youth Leadership Council member and a sophomore at University of Texas- El Paso. He joined the YLC to increase the knowledge about the dangers of underage drinking and how to decrease youth access. Jesus is a member of the IFC, VP of external affairs, SGA member and a choice member at his church. Jesus is getting a double Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice and Political Science. He plans to work in law enforcement or running for a legislative position.
Ahmaris is a second-year Youth Leadership Council member and a senior at Jefferson High School. She joined the YLC to get enough knowledge about underage drinking to make a difference in her city. She is a member of Teens in the driver’s seat and crime stoppers. She plans to take everything she learns this year back to her community and educate her peers and making a change.
Joey Smith is a second-year Youth Leadership Council member and a senior at Ingleside High School. Joey joined the YLC because he wants to fine tune his leadership skills and increase his knowledge of alcohol policy and advocacy to change the perception of alcohol in his community. He enjoys learning about new things and working new people.
Nathaniel Fomby is a third-year Youth Leadership Council member and a sophomore at Concordia University. He joined the YLC because he wanted to expand his knowledge on policy and the effects of alcohol. He is the vice president of CTX Alive, a consultant for Say What!, and a volunteer/ intern for Extreme Youth Leadership. He hopes to educate his collegiate peers about the risks of underage and binge drinking. Nathaniel loves theater, music, and is currently working toward being a math teacher.
Jack McMillan is a first-year Youth Leadership Council member and a junior at Benbrook Middle High School. He joined the YLC because he plans to assist with the ongoing problem of underage alcohol and drug use. He plays football, baseball, basketball, golf and soccer. Jack is also in the National Honor Society and a captain and battalion commander in JROTC. He plans to be a neurological surgeon.
Marlene Silva is a first-year Youth Leadership Council member and a senior at Franklin High School. She joined the YLC because she wanted to make an impact and a change in her community. She is a member of Teen in the Driver’s Seat and Spanish Honor Society. Marlene is interested in pursuing a career in either business marketing or law enforcement.
Karla Rodriguez is a first-year Youth Leadership Council
member and a senior at Kilgore High School. She joined the YLC to gain
knowledge and experience on alcohol policy. She is the president of the Science
Club, president of the Robotics Club, Student Council, Citizen’s Bank Student
Board, and Say What!. She plans to major in computer science when she gets to
college and hopefully work for Google.
Nikolai Petty is a first-year Youth Leadership Council member and a senior at Chapin High School. He joined the YLC because he hopes to gain knowledge about youth, alcohol, and how he can make a difference in his community. He is a teen advisory board member for Teens in the Driver’s Seat, and a drill team commander and Brigade Sergeant Major for the JROTC. He hopes to one day become chief of police of a major metropolitan city in Texas.
McKenzi Crager is a first-year Youth Leadership Council member and a senior at Lufkin High School. She joined the YLC to become a good speaker and an active participant to change in her community. She runs cross country, plays soccer and is involved with the Angelina County Drug Free All-Stars and the KYSSED Club. She hopes to one day be a pediatrician.
Samuel is a first-year member of the Youth Leadership Council and a junior at Broaddus High School. He joined the YLC in hopes of learning more about prevention so that he can be leader in youth making positive choices. He is a member of 4H, Athletics, FFA. Spanish Club, Gifted and Talented, National Honor Society, Dual College Class Credits, FFA Quiz Team, UIL, History Club, Honor Roll, and is a NASA High School Areospace Scholars for 2016-2017. Same plays varsity basketball, varsity track, varsity cross country and is a first degree black belt in ATA.