Noah is from Springfield, MO and attended Glendale High School. She has been working since she was 16 and was involved in National Honor Society, the National Speech and Debate Association, Chemistry Club, Student Council, Science Olympiad, DECA, and was Editor in Chief of the school’s News Magazine. Noah lost her father, Timmy, in 2016 to pancreatic cancer. Education is a passion of hers and wishes her father could see all of the achievements she accomplished up to this point in her life. Noah is attending Drury University to pursue a degree in chemistry with hopes of becoming a diagnostic physician. Her goal is to help people by more accurately diagnosing pancreatic cancer earlier than the common stage for diagnosis (metastatic), which is generally too late. “The excitement I feel for studying something that will push me, make me work for my education - it is like wildfire and butterflies and lightning crawling underneath my skin. I hope everyone feels this passionate, this pure joy, about something at some point in their life. I wish I could thank my dad for inspiring me, especially since it took his death to push me to become more than I would have if I hadn’t faced such grief.”
Sophie is from Belton, MO and attended Harrisonville High School. She was involved in student council, national honor society, the scholar bowl team, book club, the basketball team, volunteering, and the Executive Bright Futures Council Student Representative throughout high school. Sophie lost her father to testicular cancer when he was 31 years old. Sophie believes that serving her community has been one of the most formative and important activities of her time in high school and believes it’s been a positive way to honor her father’s memory. Sophie is attending The University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri to pursue a Child and Family Psychology degree and hopes to one day help children who are struggling with the loss of a parent among other things.