Modeen is a scholar, activist, role model

Student achiever

April 02, 2003

The student: Nicole Modeen, 17

School: Long Reach High School

Special achievement: One of 50 students selected by International Leadership Network to receive a 2002 Young Achievers Medallion Award for being a high achiever in and out of school, a scholar and a role model.

Active in numerous school organizations, she founded Long Reach High's ice hockey team, registering 18 initial players, getting volunteer coaches, filing for the team's nonprofit status and forming a board of directors.

She is a member of her school's Senior Class Council, the National Honor Society and the French National Honor Society.

She is also a youth speaker for Horizon Foundation and the Howard County Department of Health, and a youth preacher at Glen Mar United Methodist Church. She has led discussions on topics such as sex education, mental health and empowering youths.

Her plans for the future: "I hope to go to college and study international politics," Nicole says, "and down the road ... I'd like to be president of the United States." She likes to remind people to remember her when she runs for office in 2020.

What motivates her to be so active? "The belief that I have [is] that one person can truly change the world," she says, "and I want to be one of those people."

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