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Reeya Kamath

Senior, Wichita East High School

Hobbies and Interests
Diversity & inclusion, crafting, soccer, speech & debate, gardening.

When I am 30 I hope to be...
Happy and healthy!! I see myself working in HR somewhere while still being engaged and up-to-date on the local politics.

My favorite thing about Wichita is...
The small businesses. We have an abundance of local, unique shops that sell all kinds of cool things unique to ICT!

If I could change one thing in the world it would be...
Mutual aid. For years, mutual aid organizations and activists have been the silent, supportive backbone of our city - especially among our most underserved communities. I wish we could strengthen the support for these organizations and our community members who utilize and/or contribute to them.

Vice Mayor

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Kate Halabi

Junior, Wichita East High School

Hobbies and Interests
Debate, reading, and keeping up with current events!

When I am 30 I hope to be...
A public defense attorney or policy advisor.

My favorite thing about Wichita is...
The community! Everyone is so friendly and it feels like a small town despite being the largest city in Kansas.

If I could change one thing in the world it would be...
Getting everyone vaccinated!

manager

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L'Exus Dallas

Senior, Wichita East High School

Hobbies and Interests
Debate/Forensics, Orchestra (violin), Hanging out with friends, Science, and Reading 

When I am 30 I hope to be...
A successful doctor using my platform to make medical change in the world especially for minorities. 

My favorite thing about Wichita is...
How diverse the city is! It is hard to believe that such a small city, compared to others, can be so diverse and encompass so many hidden jewels.

If I could change one thing in the world it would be...

The poor treatment of minorities. Being one myself, I understand the struggle of being underestimated and underappreciated. Obviously, absolute world peace is unlikely anytime soon, I believe minorities should be valued as much as the dominating race without feeling the need to overcompensate. 

Council Clerk

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Esther Liu

Junior, Wichita East High School

Hobbies and Interests
Figure skating, coaching, speech & debate, health & fitness, STEM.

When I am 30 I hope to be...
Researching quantum mechanics.

My favorite thing about Wichita is...
The close proximity of different environments. One moment you're in the plains, but after a 20 min drive you're in the city.

If I could change one thing in the world it would be...

Helping people change their mindset - if no one takes action because they think they won't make an impact, nothing will ever happen. 

Public Information Officer

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Jarod Hudson

Senior, Wichita East High School

Hobbies/Interests

Cooking, baking, gardening, film, and engaging in local politics.

When I am 30 I hope to be...

Happy, healthy, and somehow debt-free after college.

My favorite thing about Wichita is...

Happy, healthy, and somehow debt-free after college.

If I could change one thing in the world it would be...

Eradication of poverty and hunger, especially for children.

Special Events Coordinator

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Tatianna Carter

Sophomore, Wichita Northeast High School

Hobbies/Interests

I love puzzles I can sit and do them all day. I like to go in walks or play volleyball and soccer with friends.

When I am 30 I hope to be...

When I am 30 I hope to be a veterinarian and  have my own clinic. 

My favorite thing about Wichita is...

 Is the diversity you see many people of different ethnicities and Wichita is a place where I can come and be themself.

If I could change one thing in the world it would be...

Teens knowing more about politics.

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Rahul Madhaven

Sophomore, Wichita Collegiate School

Hobbies/Interests

Tennis, Travelling, Hiking, Programming, and Debate.

When I am 30 I hope to be...

A specialized doctor or entrepreneur. 

My favorite thing about Wichita is...

The general lack of the hustle and bustle that many bigger cities have... Wichita is able to foster a calm/serene atmosphere within the city.

If I could change one thing in the world it would be...

Hunger and food inequities. No child or adult should have to go hungry.

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Alonzo Dozal

Freshman, Wichita Northwest High School

Hobbies/Interests

Tennis, hanging out with friends and family, politics, debate, and music.

When I am 30 I hope to be...

A lawyer helping out those who need justice. 

My favorite thing about Wichita is...

The inner-city community that you just can't find in another city of this size and with this many amenities. Wichita truly is the "Heart of the Country".

If I could change one thing in the world it would be...

The racism and stereotypes that minorities face everyday.


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Amarie Williams

Senior, Wichita Northeast Magnet High School

Hobbies/Interests

My hobbies and interests are orchestra/cello, singing, writing, volunteering, politics/activism, and learning in general.

When I am 30 I hope to be...

When I'm 30, I hope to be a practicing neuropsychologist, and if not that, just happy in whatever I'm doing. I also hope to still be very involved in my community! 

My favorite thing about Wichita is...

My favorite thing(s) about Wichita are the people in it. The community here is very kind and welcoming and are what make Wichita feel like home. 

If I could change one thing in the world it would be...

If I could change one thing about the world it would be the dominant economic system. I don't believe we can truly create long lasting change for the people under a system that values profit over them. It will never be profitable for us to fix the greatest problems we're facing today and it's monetary incentive that will drive earth into the ground. This system promotes personal benefit over the collective good and only through diligent hard work and solidarity can we possibly hope to create a system that's truly by the people and for the people. 

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Tori Vanatta

Junior, Bishop Carroll Catholic High School

Hobbies/Interests

Traveling, journaling, reading, and softball.

When I am 30 I hope to be...

Happy and successful in the field of law or science!

My favorite thing about Wichita is...

All the amazing opportunities to get involved in and make long-lasting connections!

If I could change one thing in the world it would be...

Misinformation in the news. Biased and misleading news causes division and confusion. We often hear what we want to and don't leaving an open mind for the other's perspective.

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Vy Nguyen

Senior, Derby High School

Hobbies/Interests

You can usually spot me running with my cross country teammates, snacking on Harvest Snaps, going on long walks with my mom, reading books, or listening to podcasts.

When I am 30 I hope to be...

Happy and healthy! Career-wise, I hope to immerse myself in the field of public health.

My favorite thing about Wichita is...

The urban art scene in Downtown.

If I could change one thing in the world it would be...

Ensuring that everyone's basic needs are met.

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Truc Dao

Senior, Wichita South High School

Hobbies/Interests

Embroidery, cooking and baking!

When I am 30 I hope to be...

Happy and healthy living life!

My favorite thing about Wichita is...

The community of extremely supportive human beings and town to town lifestyle.

If I could change one thing in the world it would be...

The way we as people see and accept each other. While many of us display great acceptance to those around us. I feel like as a whole we can all come to a better appreciation of matters such as mental health or the way that others may choose to carry themselves. Our world is so intricate, the beauty that we all hold in upbringings should be valued equally. 

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Ben Young

Senior, Wichita Northeast High School

Hobbies/Interests

Some of my hobbies include gaming, binge watching shows, listening to music and creating playlists, and going out with friends. My interest include law/politics and medicine.

When I am 30 I hope to be...

Have completed schooling which includes my undergraduate and law or medical school and have a job in one of those areas. I also hope to be building a family of my own.

My favorite thing about Wichita is...

The people who live here and the amount of effort that they have taken to establish more attractions and things to do in the city. I also really enjoy all of the historical museums and preservations here.

If I could change one thing in the world it would be...

The amount of money that it takes for higher levels of schooling. People should be able to be educated and informed about different subjects without paying thousands of dollars and obtaining a great amount of debt. 

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Amya Williams

Freshman, Wichita East High School

Hobbies/Interests

Politics/social justice, music, roller skating, athletics/weight lifting, and random things I find intriguing.

When I am 30 I hope to be...

Living my best life! I hope that my career is taking off and I will be making a change within our society. I also hope to be well-traveled when I'm thirty.

My favorite thing about Wichita is...

How diverse Wichita is! Everyone is unique and comes from different walks of life, but what we all have in common is a desire for our community to thrive!

If I could change one thing in the world it would be...

Ignorance and oppression. I believe that without those two factors we would be able to create a better way of life for everyone, no matter who you are. 


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Andrew Le

Junior, Wichita Southeast High School

Hobbies/Interests

I am an aviation geek, into politics, youth advocacy, student council, history, music, cross-country, spending time with family and friends, and staying current with international & domestic news - also traveling!

When I am 30 I hope to be...

A commercial airline pilot or an elected official in local or state government.

My favorite thing about Wichita is...

Regardless of who you are and what beliefs you hold, every Wichitan treats each other with respect and compassion. The community is awesome!

If I could change one thing in the world it would be...

That everyone would make an effort to understand and be more compassionate to one another.  


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Emma Mantovani

Junior, Wichita Collegiate High School

Hobbies/Interests

Tennis, Debate, Student Council, Scholars Bowl, and Student Forum.

When I am 30 I hope to be...

A doctor.

My favorite thing about Wichita is...

The community!

If I could change one thing in the world it would be...

Everyone having a right to education. 


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Sydney Ojedis

Freshman, Sunrise Christian Academy

Hobbies/Interests

Tennis, Reading, Traveling, Art, and History.

When I am 30 I hope to be...

Having been immersed in a large number of different cultures. And graduated from The University of Barcelona. 

My favorite thing about Wichita is...

The diversity.

If I could change one thing in the world it would be...

That we can all have more compassion and respect each other.  


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Alexandria Butler

Senior, Wichita Northwest High School

Hobbies/Interests

Singing, creating, and helping the community.

When I am 30 I hope to be...

Successful in my passion and making helpful progress for people in need. 

My favorite thing about Wichita is...

The small restaurants with good foreign food.

If I could change one thing in the world it would be...

The struggles that people face.  


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Isabel Santiago-Morrison

Freshman, Wichita Northwest High School

Hobbies/Interests

I play 5 instruments including the trumpet for my high school band. I also play on the freshman volleyball team for Northwest and I play soccer on my own time. I love watching TV and movies and analyzing them for common tropes and stereotypies. 

When I am 30 I hope to be...

A practicing immigration or civil rights lawyer. 

My favorite thing about Wichita is...

The diversity. 

If I could change one thing in the world it would be...

Equality and inclusivity for all.   

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Bursa Yildirim

Senior, Wichita East High School

Hobbies/Interests

Reading, baking, photography, piano, and watching documentaries. 

When I am 30 I hope to be...

A pediatric psychiatrist that has a nonprofit organization that provides mental health assistance to kids around of the world. 

My favorite thing about Wichita is...

The community and bookstores!! 

If I could change one thing in the world it would be...

Giving equal opportunities for everyone.   


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Amy Nguyen

Senior, Wichita South School

Hobbies/Interests

I like photography, going hiking, and trying new foods! 

When I am 30 I hope to be...

Happy and healthy! I hope to continue my community works and living my life to the absolute fullest! 

My favorite thing about Wichita is...

The community! I love the engagement and leadership, especially from the fellow youths. 

If I could change one thing in the world it would be...

For everybody to have access to healthy and nutritious foods. 


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Lesly Hernandez

Junior, Maize High School

Hobbies/Interests

My hobbies include organizing, hanging out with friends and family and watching true crime documentaries/series.

When I am 30 I hope to be...

A practicing immigration lawyer who is married and has at least one child.

My favorite thing about Wichita is...

My favorite thing about Wichita is its rich history and diverse population.

If I could change one thing in the world it would be...

The urgency of the world's population to fight against climate change.

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Natalie Phan

Junior, Kapuan

Hobbies/Interests

Reading, photography, art, and writing. I also enjoy talking about punk rock and'70s disco.

When I am 30 I hope to be...

Alive, happy, and making my parents proud. 

My favorite thing about Wichita is...

The art scene! The murals around the city are so uniquely Wichitan and represent our city perfectly.

If I could change one thing in the world it would be...

The lack of empathy.

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Anderson Tung

Freshman, Wichita East High School

Hobbies/Interests

I enjoy being a manger on the football team, golfing, and competitively swimming.

When I am 30 I hope to be...

I hope to be working my way into sports law and become a sports agent. 

My favorite thing about Wichita is...

The diverse community and how you really get to know those around you.

If I could change one thing in the world it would be...

One thing I wish to change is equality for all people in which all races, genders, religions, etc. will be treated with the same respect. 




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Nathan Balderas

Junior, Wichita East High School

Hobbies/Interests

Origami, congressional debate, and architecture.

When I am 30 I hope to be...

A farmer. 

My favorite thing about Wichita is...

The sense of community.

If I could change one thing in the world it would be...

I wish deaf people were included more.

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Lily Bann

Junior, Wichita East High School

Hobbies/Interests

Reading , playing tennis, watching movies, and music!

When I am 30 I hope to be...

Doing something in the social work field.

My favorite thing about Wichita is...

y and compassionate attitude our community has overall!

If I could change one thing in the world it would be...

For more empathy to exist in our society. 

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Daniel Hechenberger

Senior, Wichita Collegiate School

Hobbies/Interests

Football, Debate, Swimming, and Fishing are all activities that I enjoy at a competitive and recreational level.

When I am 30 I hope to be...

Either in the Navy or in law school.

My favorite thing about Wichita is...

The people and their politeness. 

If I could change one thing in the world it would be...

End all of the hatred people carry.

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Isabella Sebits

Junior, Trinity Academy

Hobbies/Interests

Tennis.

When I am 30 I hope to be...

A mom. 

My favorite thing about Wichita is...

The bike trails and Lesleys coffee co. 

If I could change one thing in the world it would be...

World hunger.



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