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William Laudon

William Laudon is a senior at Mayo High School and serves as a co-director of the Education Committee. In school, he leads as a marching band drum major, speech and debate captain (and State Speech Champion), and the Mayo student body executive vice president. His passion for performing stems into the community, where he frequently performs in plays, musicals, and with youth companies in the Rochester area. His leadership in various youth-led and youth-driven activities have motivated William to help others. By striving to educate his peers and uplift those around him, William is a proud member of the Rochester Community Initiative and their work to create an inclusive, equitable, and fair world.

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Natasha Sortland

Natasha is a senior at Zumbrota-Mazeppa High School and is Co-Director of Development. She is also ZM Student Government's school board representative and is passionate about youth having a say in politics. She is especially excited for the Development Committee to organize projects and events that will both involve and benefit the Rochester community.

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Morgan Morey

Morgan Morey is a junior at Century High School who is dedicated to inspiring new generations of leaders through peer-led education and mentorship. As Co-Director of the Education Committee, she is passionate about encouraging empathy as the foundation of lasting change in the Rochester Community and beyond. Morgan cherishes the opportunity to work closely with other passionate youth. Her leadership extends to involvement in Student Government as Junior Class President as well as Junior State of America, a political activism and debate club. She also dedicates time to Century Honors Society and Century cross country and track and field.

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Cate Stacy

Cate Stacy is a senior at Mayo High School and co-director of the Development Committee. She is passionate about grassroots solutions to climate change. In the Fall of 2021, Cate created the Green Business Recognition Program, an initiative honoring environmentally-conscious local businesses in Rochester. Cate plans to study environmental science and geology in college.

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Amelia Decker

Amelia is currently a junior at Mayo High School and the director of the Logistics Committee. Their community involvement and leadership extends to Student School Board, Environmental Action Committee, and Mayo Honors Society. Through their position as vice president of Mayo Student School Board, Amelia collaborates with students, administrators, and RPS school board members to create a more equitable school environment by tackling issues such as mental health resources and inclusivity. Amelia is passionate about empowering other youth to similarly take action for positive change and create enduring solutions.

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Elena Meves

Elena Meves is a junior at Mayo High School and serves as director of the Public Reactions division of Rochester Community Initiative. She is an active student, leading in clubs such as BPA, Debate, Global Affairs, Student School Board, Student Government, and more. While serving on the Mayor’s Youth Council, she has voiced opinions of underrepresented youth while learning about diplomatic affairs. Elena is also a proud senior member of the Honors Choirs of Southeast Minnesota, who tour both domestically and internationally. Her interests have taken her abroad, as well, as she partakes in educating low-income children in countries such as Georgia, her mother’s homeland. Rochester Community Initiative serves as a creative outlet and encouraging space for Elena to help further her community whilst producing a lasting, positive impact. 

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