Harry Styles by Kristen Shively

Kristin Shively is a senior at Dunlap High School and loves all things
art. Her favorite mediums to work with are acrylic paint and colored
pencil. Shively has been taking art classes since she was five, and
hopes to continue her love of art by attending school to become an
interior designer.

“Harry Styles is one of the biggest musicians and influencers of today, and his impact on society inspires me. His efforts towards promoting love and kindness are definitely needed in a crazy world today. He is an advocate for people of all races and genders, and is an amazing influence on young teens and adults alike.”

Mrs. Newman by Abby Miller

Abby Miller, who is home schooled, is seventeen and just finished
her junior year in high school. She has always liked art and using
different mediums. Recently, Miller has been enjoying acrylic paint and
watercolors. She has yet to decide what her she will do after high school,
but she hopes it includes art.

“My second-grade teacher at Germantown Hills Elementary was Mrs. Newman. Mrs. Newman always made me feel like I could be myself and have fun. She made learning exciting and inspired me to be creative. Even though she was my teacher almost ten years ago, I still remember Mrs. Newman as one of my favorite teachers.”

Aurora by Faith Marie

Faith Marie is a 16-year-old traditional artist who loves to use a variety of
mediums. She loves tea, rainy days, nature, and books. You can find her at
@faithmariedraws on Instagram.

“Aurora is a pop singer and songwriter whose voice is hauntingly beautiful. I love to put music on when I create and often find that it influences my art. Aurora inspires me because she has accomplished so much at a young age and continues to grow. I hope to be like that one day.”

Books: A Must-Have for a “Hot Girl Summer”

by Adeline Ferolo

If you’re going to have a Hot Girl Summer,
there is one accessory that is an
absolute must.

A “Hot Girl Summer” is a romanticized seasonal lifestyle perpetuated by various social media outlets—specifically Instagram, Pinterest, and TikTok. This lifestyle trend is at its height during the summer, encouraging its participants to engage in practices of selfcare. A Hot Girl Summer is not limited by gender, encouraging anyone to become the best versions of themselves during the summer months. There are several interpretations that exist across social media platforms, targeting the social, mental, and physical aspects of an individual’s lifestyle. At the basis of any Hot Girl Summer is the feeling of personal independence, ultimately with the goal of becoming self-confident and reliant. With warmer weather and sunnier days eliminating seasonal depression, summer is the time to focus on yourself, whether it’s mentally, emotionally, or physically.

While social media is at the foundation of creating and popularizing this lifestyle, a Hot Girl Summer cannot be successful without a social media detox. From TikTok to Instagram, videos of Hot Girl Summer routines romanticize a perfect lifestyle. Initially, these videos can be considered inspirational and helpful in creating one’s own self-care routine—but, simultaneously, they can quickly lead to the harmful, often sub-conscious practice of comparison. At the root of many social media-related mental health problems, the practice of comparison can quickly become harmful, leading to questions like, “Why does my life not look like that?” This unfulfilling mentality is routinely observed across social media platforms and is the antithesis of a self-confident Hot Girl Summer mindset. By limiting social media intake and instead redirecting one’s free time towards a different, more fulfilling activity, self-confidence is more attainable. These activities could include working out, journaling, manifesting, or a personal favorite: reading.

As noted in an online study conducted by the University of Liverpool in 2015, those who read for pleasure instead of watching television or scrolling through social media reported stronger feelings of relaxation and satisfaction within their lives. Books are the gateway to learning more about the world and ultimately oneself as well. While social media is viewed in rose-colored glasses, books expose realistic depictions of everyday life. Whether it is a fiction novel detailing life in America during the roaring 1920s or a memoir intertwining personal anecdotes with political events, books open an uninhibited view into the world open to your interpretation. Books allow a reader to come to their own conclusion about characters and stories, ultimately practicing their own synthesis of events and people within their own lives. By empathizing and understanding with characters, a stronger sense of recognition of one’s own identity, beliefs, and ambitions is realized as well. This is at the core of experiencing a true Hot Girl Summer: to appreciate and acknowledge every aspect of yourself.

A Hot Girl Summer mentality creates personal accountability but also is a time for relaxation and realignment of priorities. For those who are interested in participating in my personal interpretation of a Hot Girl Summer, check out my recommendations:

  1. Girl, Woman, Other (2019) by Bernardine Evaristo. 10/10 STARS! Split into twelve chapters, following the lives of twelve distinct characters, Girl, Woman, Other provides a detailed look into the interpretations of race, class, and gender identities across generations. Set in the UK.
  2. All About Love (2000) by Bell Hooks 7/10 STARS Intertwined with personal anecdotes and psychological and philosophical ideas, All About Love explores the necessary role of love in our everyday lives.
  3. …or find another book! Lit. On Fire Used Books, a local bookstore located at 712 West Main Street in Peoria, IL. This local bookstore is proudly woman and LGBTQowned, boasting genres ranging from true crime to literary criticism and essays. The store contains both used and new editions.

About Adeline Ferolo

Stories, arguably, are the most underrated form of currency that floods the digital world, through highlighted Instagram posts and viral YouTube videos. As a rising senior at Richwoods High School, Adeline Ferolo aims to express herself and the issues closest to her authentically through engaging, storytelling, and other mediums. She is a competitively academic student. Her interests range across many creative outlets—as an active writer for the Richwoods Shield, the monthly school newspaper, and as a contributor to the youth-led blog EnviroWrite, which explores rising environmental concerns. Recently she has discovered her passion for the medium of film after attending the National High School Institute summer program at Northwestern University, where she had previously studied creative-intensive subjects ranging from sustainable architecture to graphic design. Within the past year, she has focused her efforts on exploring the visual medium in both her academic and personal life, opting to create experimental videos for class projects and continuing to explore different aspects of the visual language.

Art by Aryanne Westfall

Aryanne “Ary” Westfall is a sophomore at Bradley University majoring in Animation and minoring in Theatre Arts. She is pursuing a career as a storyboard artist and enjoys creating graphic novels in her free time. As a member of the Digital Art Team, Westfall spends her time connecting with other artists and creating as much as she can.

Mental Health & Women in Sports

by Kianna Goss

For the good of all, let’s normalize the topic of
mental health in athletics.

Oftentimes, as individuals, we have a million things that keep us busy. Sometimes we simply neglect our mental well-being, but many may fear being judged when opening up about their mental health.

On May 31, 2021, Japanese professional tennis player Naomi Osaka shared about her years of dealing with depression and anxiety on her Instagram account. She sparked a mental health discussion by openly stating that she would take some time away from the tennis court.

According to Matthew Futterman of the New York Times, this decision resulted in Osaka being fined $15,000 by the French Open’s tournament referee and leaders of the four Grand Slam tournaments. She also was threatened to be expelled from the French Open, which is a tennis tournament held for two weeks in Paris, France.

Although there was little support from the leaders of the tournament, other athletes stood with Osaka. Tennis player Serena Williams mentioned that she understands Osaka’s anxiety when doing post-match press conferences and, according to Jordan Mendoza of USA Today, she extended her support. Other athletes such as Stephen Curry and Damian Lillard joined in the support of Osaka on social media, applauding her courage and agreeing with her decision of withdrawing from the tournament.

This is not the first time women’s mental health has been neglected in sports. For example, writer Jessica Bennett of Ebony wrote in 2018 that gymnast Simone Biles revealed on ABC’s Good Morning America that she takes anti-anxiety medication and attends therapy. Biles received backlash after openly discussing her state of well-being. So many women of color deal with the battle of mental health, and the pressure of bringing it up to the public can be intense.

Mental health should be taken seriously in athletics because athletes deal with everyday struggles, too. In support of mental health in sports, several organizations offer help. One organization is known as Athletes for Hope, whose goal is to educate, encourage, and assist athletes’ efforts to engage in charitable causes. This organization gives athletes the tools for mental health resources and a space to share their mental health journey. Another organization that helps athletes is Beyond Sport, promoting social change in sports by having forums with leaders in sports, health care, and work in social change. The goal is to promote mental health through sports in the community.

Individuals can also have a positive impact. Social media is a great tool to start up a conversation, especially in support of someone taking time off to focus on their mental wellbeing. If you are an athlete and notice a lack of support in your athletic department when it comes to this issue, share your story and create change.

About Kianna Goss

Kianna Goss is a junior at Bradley University, majoring in journalism with a double minor in sociology and advertising with public relations. Community involvement requires the use of one’s voice; in Goss’s case, her voice, which she expresses through writing, is one of the strongest platforms she has. Being a Black woman, Goss often writes to give a voice to the Black community. In doing so, she gains control over a media narrative that portrays the Black community in a negative way. As a writer who expresses herself through many different forms expressions, she has written poetry, blogs, newspaper articles, and opinion pieces. She is always looking for more opportunities to grow as a writer and personally. Goss is involved in many organizations at Bradley University. She is currently the marketing/ communications director for Bradley’s Communication Agency, a peer mentor for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, a writer for the student newspaper The Bradley Scout, and a caller at the Bradley Fund. Being able to explore her creativity is what Goss loves most about Bradley. The Communications department is molding her into the journalist she aspire to be.

About Adrien Vozenilek

Adrien Vozenilek is a senior at Peoria Notre Dame High School. Currently, their focus is portraying family history and their Italian heritage through 2D works centered around heirlooms. Adrien will be a freshman at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and plans to become an art therapist for LGBTQ+ youth.

Easing the Burden

by Emmanuel Agyemang

While coming to the United States to study
seems like a dream come true, international
students can face seemingly insurmountable
hurdles—which leads to a mental health crisis.

Content Warning: Suicide

For many international students, moving to the United States is a privilege. Students who come to the United States as international students carry a lot of burden and pressure. Families back home expect these students to be successful in the United States, attain permanent resident status, and send money home if they are able. International students who go back to their home countries are stigmatized for being unable to make the United States their permanent home. Furthermore, even when they return home, international students find it very difficult to readjust to their home countries; they become foreigners in their own land.

Due to these huge expectations and pressures from home, most international students are not able to go back to their home countries even when they really want to—they will just be branded as failures (Xiao et al., 2019). Hence, there is a lot of anxiety that stems from the uncertainty international students face in the United States. International students have one year in the United States after their graduation to work or to volunteer. After that, they must be sponsored by their employer or leave the United States. Many employers refuse to hire international students because of the cost of sponsoring their work visa. Even if an employer decides to sponsor the work visa, things are still uncertain—the work visa is a lottery and not based on merit. Hence, there is no guarantee that even after meeting all the requirements you will get it. When President Trump suspended the H1B work visa in 2020 (Maura 2020), international students panicked.

Most employers refuse to go through this uncertainty. International students who have hopes of working in the United States are forced to wrestle with the fact that they might have to return to their home countries where their skills would be underutilized. Suddenly, hopes of a brighter future seem distant and the cold embrace of death seems appealing. Many international students deal with suicidal thoughts and attempts. To most international students, perhaps, death is a much safer plight than returning to their home countries and being branded as failures and disappointments.

The anxiety, uncertainty, and being culturally isolated is enough to cause mental anguish to any victim. The mental health of international students deserves more attention and discussion.

Furthermore, international students would be better served by having mental health counselors in their schools who are familiar with the problems international students face and can better empathize with them. Also, international students can reach out to the suicide prevention hotline at 800-273-8225 to help cope with suicidal thoughts.

One can advocate for international students through the National Association of Foreign Student Advisers at nafsa.org. NAFSA advocates for common sense immigration policies for international students in the United States. You can donate to the organization or stay tuned to the organization’s updates in order to be more informed about immigration issues.

About Emmanuel Agyemang

Emmanuel Agyemang is an international student from Ghana
and a recent graduate of Bradley University with a degree in Political
Science. He has an interest in pursuing law in the near future.

Bringing Back Broadway

by Neve Kelley

As Broadway opens back up in New York City, local performing arts groups are navigating the post-COVID-19 world.

COVID-19 completely shut down Broadway and many other performance avenues resulting in performers having a great deal of uncertainty about their futures. Regional productions and national tours were stopped, leaving dancers, singers, directors, ushers, and more out of work. In estimate, 97,000 full-time employees in this industry lost their jobs—and that’s only in New York City (NBC News). Recently, though, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Broadway’s return coming in September, which gives these entertainers a new hope.

Producers have said that this reopening will be like starting a new show from scratch (The New York Times). Many cast members have left over the course of the past year and will need their roles recast. Likewise, returning cast members will have to completely re-learn music and choreography, orchestra members will have to re-learn scores, and many more obstacles will be faced. But cast members and productions staff are anxious and excited to return to the stage and ready to overcome each challenge.

Of the first to return, on September 14th, are fan favorites like Wicked, The Lion King, Chicago, and Hamilton (Broadway.com). Additionally, the Civic Center here in Peoria is known for hosting touring theatre productions, which why the shutdown hits so close to home despite our 922-mile distance from Broadway. The Civic Center had an exciting 2020 season planned, including BEAUTIFUL the Carole King Musical and the Blue Man Group, but that season inevitably was canceled. However, in light of Broadway’s reopening, the Civic Center has announced their 2021-2022 season that will open with BEAUTIFUL on November 23, 2021. Hairspray, Blue Man Group, and An Evening with Renee Elise Goldsberry are a few of the other performances the community has to look forward to.

Community theatre here in Peoria is also in the process of reopening. Chip Joyce, the Vice President on Corn Stock Theatre’s Board of Directors, has been very involved in the reopening process while also preparing to direct several shows in the coming months. Joyce says that both Corn Stock Theatre and Peoria Players Theatre plan to follow the CDC recommendations that are in place. “Because of the amount of time it takes to plan a season of shows, it is very difficult when the rules are everchanging,” he says. Joyce notes that at this time, Corn Stock shows will operate at 60% capacity, with smaller casts who are staged differently as to have cast members further from the audience. Despite the limitations, Joyce is excited and optimistic about the return of live theatre “I encourage everyone to go back and see live theatre as soon as you have the first opportunity!” He adds, “People went out of their way to be very supportive to servers and restaurants back when they were closed and could only do takeout, and now is the time to extend that same generosity to your favorite theatres!”

Read more about Broadway’s shutdown and reopening:
Broadway.com
NBC News
USA Today

About Neve Kelley

Neve Kelley and is an International Baccalaureate student at Richwoods High School. In addition to being in an academically rigorous program, she is heavily involved in community and school theatre productions. Kelley takes private voice lessons, training in musical theatre and opera, and has been involved in choir and madrigals. Kelley is also a writer for the news section of the school paper, a Student Council senator, in various school clubs, and active in community service. Most Recently, she became a volunteer for Her Drive, a nonprofit aimed at providing bras, mensural products, and general hygiene products to help end period poverty. As part of that effort, she hosted a month-long drive in Peoria to help those in need.

A “Long March” Ahead

by Izaak Garcia

As more nations look to space, a potentially disastrous mistake with a Chinese rocket is a reminder of the challenges ahead.

Recently, part of a Chinese rocket became one of the largest pieces of space debris to make an uncontrolled reentry into Earth’s atmosphere. It captured the world’s attention—and while no one was harmed, it is a reminder of the dangers associated with space flight.

The Chinese rocket, a model of the Long March 5B series meant for space travel and orbit, was launched on April 29, 2021, with the intent to break apart into its main core and reach orbit above the Earth’s atmosphere. The Long March 5B is not a single rocket with a single mission, but rather a part of a larger series of space missions. The overall goal is to shuttle materials—and eventually a crew— to space, with the end goal being to build a permanent Chinese space station in 2022. This specific rocket would carry the main module of the Chinese space station, which is a critical part in building it. Constructing a space station is no easy task, but when it is accomplished, many good things can come from it, such as improvements to medical care and advanced space exploration to different planets. But it must first be built, and as you will see, China has had some difficulties on that end.

Not long after the rocket had been launched into orbit around the earth, things started to go awry. For instance, as soon as the Long March went into orbit above the Earth, it almost immediately began to lose height due to the slowly decaying orbit, and come back down towards Earth. Along with the main core of the rocket losing height, the Chinese team that was in charge of the rocket reported that they had lost control of it entirely, and that they could not anticipate where the rocket would land when it came back down to Earth. This would prove extremely problematic for both the Chinese space team and the world. Without knowing where the rocket and its debris would land, it was impossible to tell how much damage it could possibly do. Luckily many governments kept an eye on the falling rocket, and even put up a live tracker for the public. On May 8, 2021, around 10:15 pm Eastern time, the Long March 5B rocket and its debris re-entered Earth’s atmosphere, and soon after crashed into the Indian Ocean.

Many risks go into pushing the boundaries of what we know is safe, especially out in the cold expanse of space. Even the early space leaders such as the United States and Russia made mistakes. The only way we avoid going backwards is to go forward. As time passes, the world’s technology will continue to improve. And who knows? Perhaps in the future, it won’t just be a couple of countries going into space—but many, many more.

About Izaak Garcia

Izaak Garcia is currently a senior at Richwoods High School, enrolled in the International Baccalaureate program. After high school, Garcia plans to study Computer Science. He has played soccer with FC Peoria and Richwoods for over a decade combined. Garcia has also played tennis for 4 years, securing a spot on both junior varsity and varsity teams. Along with this, he has competed with the Richwoods Worldwide Youth Science and Engineering team for Biology and Computer Science for 2 years and earned multiple awards for the school. Garcia is also heavily involved with the arts. As a multi-instrumentalist, he has played the saxophone for 8 years and piano for 2 years. During his junior year of high school, he was involved in theater at Richwoods as stage crew and manager. He helped with two total productions and was being trained to be stage manager for senior year before the COVID-19 pandemic impacted school. Outside of school activities, Garcia is involved in Jack and Jill of America (an organization for young African American men and women to serve the community). He served as his chapter’s treasurer during his freshman year of high school. Along with Jack and Jill of America, he enjoys coding, learning new coding languages, and video games.

Changing the Cycle

by Neve Kelley

“Period Poverty” is a real issue—and there are practical ways for communities to address it.

It is no secret that adequate tampons, pads, and other products used to manage menstruation are costly. The average woman spends 2,250 days of her life menstruating and thus may spend thousands of dollars on related products throughout her lifetime. To make matters worse, many states apply a “pink tax,” meaning menstrual products are taxed as non-essential items, making them even more expensive (Duquesne University). No matter her financial situation, a woman must find a way to purchase or obtain suitable menstrual care products. But what if she can’t?

Period poverty is the inadequate access to pads, tampons, liners, and other items necessary to manage menstruation, often coupled with a lack of access to general hygiene items. The most prominent groups impacted with this issue are students and homeless women. These women are often forced to use rags, paper towels, toilet paper, or anything else they can find to substitute for menstrual products. Others may ration their products by using them for far longer than recommended (Duquesne University). This makes these women more vulnerable to health risks—urinary tract infections, for example—that if not properly taken care of can result in recurrent infections, permanent kidney damage, and in extreme cases, even death (Mayo Clinic). Additionally, 1 in 5 girls in America have left or skipped their classes because of an inability to access proper menstrual care products (Alliance for Period Supplies). These are issues no young woman should ever have to face.

The largest reason this problem has been left unsolved for so long is the stigma surrounding menstruation. Jill Litman at Berkeley Public Health says, “It is a topic that people are usually uncomfortable talking about and is typically a topic that is only discussed behind closed doors. This is because cultures all over the world have developed detrimental concepts and beliefs about menstruation.”

I knew it was time to break this stigma, which is why I became a volunteer for Her Drive. Her Drive is a Chicago-based 501 (c)(3) nonprofit that collects bras, menstrual care items, and general hygiene products for people in need. They strive to empower, inspire, and educate youth leaders to work to end period poverty in their own communities. The executive team began this project in June of 2020, collecting products for those in need in the Chicagoland area, then began facilitating drives for hundreds of groups nationwide. Another Richwoods student and I hosted a drive in Peoria throughout April. We used our school, flyers, social media, and other mediums to get the word out and ended up collecting

4,314 items, which we donated to Dream Center Peoria and the Children’s Home. Doing this, we have hoped to shed light on the relevance of period poverty to fellow students and the Peoria community. While our drive has concluded, you can still support Her Drive by visiting their website to learn more about their mission and donate. I also encourage you to spread awareness about this topic so period poverty can be lessened worldwide.

Other organizations you can support:

Days for Girls

The Pad Project

The Period Collective

About Neve Kelley

Neve Kelley and is an International Baccalaureate student at Richwoods High School. In addition to being in an academically rigorous program, she is heavily involved in community and school theatre productions. Kelley takes private voice lessons, training in musical theatre and opera, and has been involved in choir and madrigals. Kelley is also a writer for the news section of the school paper, a Student Council senator, in various school clubs, and active in community service. Most Recently, she became a volunteer for Her Drive, a nonprofit aimed at providing bras, mensural products, and general hygiene products to help end period poverty. As part of that effort, she hosted a month-long drive in Peoria to help those in need.

Art by Aryanne Westfall

Aryanne “Ary” Westfall is a sophomore at Bradley University majoring in Animation and minoring in Theatre Arts. She is pursuing a career as a storyboard artist and enjoys creating graphic novels in her free time. As a member of the Digital Art Team, Westfall spends her time connecting with other artists and creating as much as she can.

Addressing Global Vaccine Inequality: Part 2

by Kratika Tandon

While wealthy countries like the United States continue to have vaccine access, others do not—and we need to do our part to remedy the situation.

Readers will recall the discussion from the May issue of Giving Voice about the unequal distribution of COVID-19 vaccines on a global level—since then, the situation seems to have worsened beyond comprehension. As previously mentioned, there isn’t equitable access to vaccines worldwide, making “vaccine nationalism” a massive problem. Because of this, the COVID-19 vaccine industry is monopolized by the higher-income nations— in short, wealthier populations receive the dose first. In the last issue, we mentioned the hazardous consequences that could come out of such inequality—from both an economic and epidemiological standpoint. Within the past month alone, we have seen the sheer devastation caused by this problematic administration of the immunizations. Now that we’ve reintroduced the problem, let’s discuss the recent magnification of the issue while also identifying ways to help.

One of the nations that has easily been hit the hardest is India. Along with the rest of the world, India has been struggling to combat the pandemic for over a year. However, in the past few months, it’s been fighting a devastating new surge head-on. As the Wall Street Journal (April 25, 2021) reported, this sudden increase in cases came as a result of milder restrictions and too high of a sense of security from the public. While new and more contagious variants began spreading globally, a lack of vaccines only worsened the crisis. Bloomberg (April 27, 2021) added that while more developed economies had been hoarding resources to fight the pandemic—namely, vaccines—places like India have run short on supplies. The death toll is horrifying. According to the Wall Street Journal (May 19, 2021), India recorded the world’s highest death toll in a single day—a total of 4,475 deaths in 24 hours. Because of this crisis, hospitals have been forced to turn patients away due to a lack of access to beds, oxygen, and COVID-19 medication. The situation is so bad that crematoriums are running out of space and resources, and many families aren’t able to give a proper goodbye to their loved ones.

With such an astounding number of daily cases, India has recently been the global leader in COVID-19 deaths. However, as the New York Times (April 29, 2021) points out, the nation is also the world’s leading producer of vaccines. In fact, one of the major vaccine manufacturers, The Serum Institute, is located in Pune, Maharashtra. It has the goal to become the world’s top vaccine manufacturer. The corporation started producing tens of millions of AstraZeneca doses at the beginning of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout. However, companies began struggling to increase and even maintain production as the drive slowed. Under Prime Minister Modi’s authority, all exports were suspended as India couldn’t even administer vaccines to its own people. Many individuals have only been able to receive one dose. Although focusing on rapid and tumultuous vaccine distribution is occurring right now, this problem is too urgent for such a short-term solution. As PBS (May 4, 2021) stated, the best thing we can do from abroad is donate to certified and legitimate organizations that provide and fund medical supplies (oxygen and PPE) in nations like India. We can also urge government officials to allocate funds to aid COVID-19 relief globally.

Unfortunately, as a result of vaccine nationalism that started early on, countries such as India are suffering on a massive scale. The consequences of this problem manifested from an epidemiological and economic perspective, as is evident from India’s ravaging COVID-19 crisis. The best thing for us to do now is continue to spread awareness and donate funds to the proper organizations. Although we know that this is an incredibly devastating issue, it’s important to stay hopeful and focus on practical solutions.

About Kratika Tandon

Kratika Tandon is an incoming freshman at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is majoring in biology and graduating with a minor in environmental economics and policy. She graduated from Dunlap High School as class valedictorian. Tandon is incredibly passionate about sustainability. As such, she is interested in many different career paths that involve helping the environment. She is most interested in writing about the subjects of environmental issues, social justice, life during a pandemic, and racial equity. She is proficient in informative and expository writing as well as public speaking. Tandon was a part of her high school’s speech team for four years. This past season, she competed in two events at the state championship tournament: original oratory and informative speaking. She wrote and perfected these speeches on her own, both tackling specific topics dealing with the environment. Tandon was also the president of her school’s local Interact Club. She possesses great leadership, communication, and teamwork skills. She is participating with Giving Voice because she wants to use her voice and writing to inspire others and facilitate change.

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