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Samantha Huff

Hi, my name is Samantha Huff (Sam), and I am a junior at Dana Hills/California Preparatory Academy graduating in 2015. I grew up volunteering through a club that was exclusively designed to help others in need.

As a child I went to animal shelters, nursing homes, and schools in need to provide such places with whatever it was that I could offer them whether that was stuffed animals, a movie, food, or even my time and attention. I found the Lighthouse Organization through a barn family, the Miles’. I have been riding horses for the majority of my life (12 years) and that is how I met Mama Lindah who is a key component in this generous organization.

I volunteered at the Christmas Eve Serving at Lighthouse and that was when I realized that I wanted to devote my time to help the homeless in our community. By collecting food, sleeping bags, bibles, and other necessities the other volunteers and I had gathered enough items to really show the spirit of Christmas to those in need.

I am looking forward to expanding on that and seeing what this year has to offer us in terms of giving back to those in need.S. Huff

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Mason McLaughlin

My name is Mason McLaughlin and I am 18 years old and a senior at Mater Dei High School. I play on the Varsity Basketball Team. I am fun loving and very sociable.

When I’m not helping out at the Lighthouse, you can find me playing basketball, golf, or hiking with friends.M. McLaughlin

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Brooke McGee

Throughout my high school experience, I have devoted a lot of my time to philanthropy. Starting by joining National Charity League (NCL) in the 9th grade, I became more and more involved with my community through different programs including Heritage House, OCIS, Second Step, and many others.

I simultaneously did this while being a member of the varsity girl’s golf team, along with being an active member in National Honors Society (NHS). In the 11th grade, I started my own club, serving as President and Founder, called the Pay It Forward Club, encouraging random acts of kindness throughout our local community. The same year, I also went on a mission trip to Piura, Peru, with 50 other students from my school, and this year (12th grade), I am the current president.

I was also elected and currently am the National Charity League President (Newport Beach Chapter) for our 12th grade, 2015 class. In my free time I sing and play the piano.

Serving on the Lighthouse Board of Directors is one of my favorite activities to, considering I get to work on a project one-on-one.B. McGee

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Jonathan McMullin

Hello, my name is Jonathan James McMullin, I am fifteen. I am a freshman at JSerra Catholic High School. My favorite activity to do by far, is playing basketball.

I love the sounds and the feel of the game, it was meant for me to play! I enjoy watching movies and doing theater but, basketball far surpasses all that.

The one thing that comes close to my passion for basketball is my love to help other people in need. When I give a homeless person some food or help donate money for a war veteran my goal is to see their face after I help. I can’t live without the smile on their face and the excitement in their heart.

The main part I feel is that I make it fun and a little bit easier for them. Those are my intentions and that was my bio. Thanks for reading!

My ultimate goal is to help as many people get back on their feet as I can.J. McMullin

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Chris Nelson

My name is Chris Nelson and I am a senior at Mater Dei High School. I have been a member of the basketball team for 3 years, serving as team captain my freshmen year. I hold the position of incoming ASB Senator Representative. I am currently a summer intern at the 68th Assembly Office working for Assemblyman Don Wagner.

I am a founding board member for Lighthouse Outreach and recently won the KABC Cool Kids award for community service for my shoe project at Lighthouse. I attended Stanford University’s Envision Trial and Law program in June of 2014 and won my first trial and was chosen as “Best Witness”. I am currently a member of National Society of High School Scholars and have been a member of Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth since 2006 receiving the SCAT State Award for High Honors and completing the Stanford Writing and Imagination program in 2007.

When I am not working at my summer job at La Sirena Grill you can find me enjoying time with my friends at the beach or golfing. I met with coaches and campus ministry to set up a methodology for collecting shoes from student athletes. From there the number of people donating shoes has grown.

Here is a recent video I was in: http://abc7.com/education/cool-kid-christian-nelson-gets-shoes-out-to-oc-homeless/84577/

I began collecting shoes and backpacks for the homeless by accessing the resources available at my school. C. Nelson

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Jack Simonis

My name is Jack Simonis and I am 17 years old and currently a junior at Mater Dei High School. I was a member of the football team my freshmen year and am currently in my third year as a m ember of the lacrosse team. I have served as team captain for the JV and Varsity lacrosse teams.

I am a member of the California Scholastic Federation and Campus Ministry at school. This summer I spent a week volunteering with a “Buddy” at Recreation Camp, a summer camp for adults with mental disabilities.

In my free time I enjoy playing sports, going to the beach and traveling.

I have worked for many years with Families Forward, a nonprofit organization in Irvine, California.J. Simonis

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Tatum Stein

Hi! My name is Tatum Stein and I attend Laguna Hills High School, graduating in 2017. As a little girl I was always surrounded by community service and volunteering through various organizations.

Starting in kindergarten I was a brownie in Girl Scouts and continued in the program for seven years. Currently I am an active member in National Charity League and will continue all the way through high school.

My official project is to arrange a one-year long speaker series including counselors and mentors.

As a member on the Board of Junior Directors I am excited to have another opportunity to help others who are near me.T. Stein

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A.J. Takata

My name is AJ Takata and I am honored to be a student at Orange County School of the Arts in Santa Ana, Class of 2018, where my emphasis is Creative Writing. I am very eager to use this interest and my arts network to make a difference in the lives of others.

I’m accustomed to living a contributive life, in elementary school, three classmates and I led the Operation Christmas Child global outreach project for three years at St. Anne School in Laguna Niguel. Shoeboxes were collected, filled with gifts for children in desperate conditions, and distributed worldwide by Samaritan’s Purse, a ministry led by Franklin Graham. In this project over 1500 shoe boxes were filled by St. Anne students in the past three years.

My honors include first place projects in successive years at the Orange County Science & Engineering Fair and competing in the California State Science Fair. I was named a Broadcom Masters national semi-finalist for his project, “Renewable Energy from Ocean Waves Using Piezoelectric Crystals.”

I spent this past summer writing a “nanonovel” at the 28th California State Summer School for the Arts, a highly selective art intensive held at California Institute of the Arts in Valencia. And, I am also a published poet. My other interests include, running, Taekwondo, video games, and trying to decide on one word to describe my cats.

I was named a California Arts Scholar, the highest distinction in California for artistically talented students.A.J. Takata

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Laura Weske

I‘m Laura Weske I have been involved in community service through organizations like NHS and CSF. Through these organizations, I have concentrated my efforts at the Bolsa Chica wetlands.

While I help to restore the area to it’s natural state, I have been able to watch how my efforts help the overall success of a project.

Outside of community service I dabble with hiking, riding horses, and reading.

Lighthouse allows me to establish a personal connection with my volunteer work since the project I work on is one I personally select. L. Weske

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Sasha Zomorodian

I started working with the homeless at a soup kitchen in 2007 with my family. We served meals, created and implemented projects for the kids, cooked and cleaned up. We started at the Lighthouse by serving meals, and I began to see other needs that I could address.

I started collecting blankets at sports events. It went really well. I am expanding on this by asking stores to put a bin outside to increase collections. Blankets are really important to our homeless. They become dirty, wet and sometimes become stolen. There is a never ending need for blankets, if you have some you would like to donate, go to the Take Action page and send an email.

In 2013 my mother and I came up with the idea of a Jr. Board of Directors to enable other High School students to participate in a way that they choose. It is a way for them to make a difference by creating their project and making a difference in an area they cared about.

I am in the graduating class of 2015 and attend Sky Mountain, and Saddleback College. I have been on the Equestrian Team my entire High School career, being Captain every year, except Freshman year. I enjoy working out, volunteering, horseback riding, the outdoors, and spending time with my friends.

I have enjoyed community service through Girl Scouts, NCL and working with the organizations our family supports.S. Zomorodian

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