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Juliann Yao (Dir.)

Juliann is a current junior at Mayo High School, where she is a violinist in the Mayo Orchestra and SEMYO (Southeastern MN Youth Orchestras). She is a representative on Mayo's Student Government, will serve as captain of the Mayo Girls Swim and Dive team, and is a member of the Mayo Debate and Speech team. She also enjoys staying active in the community by volunteering with the Mayo Clinic. Juliann values the importance of young people collaborating to inspire positive change and advocating for those who are underrepresented or don't feel seen or heard. Adolescent mental health advocacy is also a passion of hers as she strives to help youth maintain a healthy balance between school and extracurricular activities.

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Nandini Iyer (Dir.)

Nandini Iyer is a senior at Mayo High School. She is passionate about advocating for mental health in our community. She loves to play tennis and is involved in many clubs. In school, Nandini is in Model UN, UNICEF, Equity Team, and Spanish Club. She is also a part of the Rochester Olmsted Youth Council outside of school.

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Constantin Meves

Constantin Meves is a freshman at Mayo High School. Along with his love for chess, Consti also enjoys singing as part of the Honors Choirs of Southeast Minnesota and participating in musical theatre at his school. In his spare time, he also enjoys spending time with close friends and playing Roblox with them. Rochester Community Initiative serves as a creative outlet and platform to contribute to the betterment of his community.

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Zia Raukar

Zia is a sophomore at Mayo High School where she is involved with things like Speech, Debate, the swim and lacrosse teams, recruitment chair of UNICEF, and represents her grade as president on student government. Zia is very involved with the community by volunteering at the Art Center’s kids camp, teaching swim lessons to the Boys and Girls Club, and she is an eleader for LPGA Girls Golf with who she also volunteers and teaches. She values equity, mental health advocacy, and diversity. Zia hopes to break the stigma of talking about mental health and provide resources to those struggling. She also loves dogs, golfing with her family, and running.

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Lucas Do

Lucas Do is a Junior at Mayo High School. He is passionate about getting involved and standing up for the underrepresented youth in the Rochester community. He enjoys playing the trumpet and playing basketball. He hasn’t lost a game of HORSE! Lucas is the Junior Class President on Mayo’s Student Government and is involved with other extracurriculars like Key Club, Global Affairs, Unified Club, and the Mayo Equity Team.

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Keely Ryder

Keely Ryder is a junior at Mayo High School and enjoys building connections with classmates and teammates. She is part of Mayo’s Varsity Tennis Team, Debate Team, Model UN, Unified Club, and Spanish Club. Outside of school, she plays tennis year round and goes to ETS. She also plays piano, coaches tennis at the Rochester Tennis Connection and volunteers for Living Room Tutors. She loves getting involved and giving back to her Rochester community.

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Maddie Banks

Maddie is a junior at Mayo High School, and is a member of public relations. Maddie has a passion to create change around her, focusing her advocation on women’s rights and climate change. Maddie’s passions are expressed through activities within her community and clubs at her school such as Empowher and Environmental Action.

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Sofia Haakenson

Sofia Haakenson is currently a Senior at Mayo High School. She is currently the Executive Student Body President, Co-Editor for Yearbook, and a TOPS Peer Supporter. She was also a three year captain for the Mayo High School Varsity Soccer team and was on the team for five years. She loves to get involved to know what’s going on and how she can help make her school and community better. She is looking forward to attending a university and studying pre-physical therapy or pre-med.

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Farah Salama

Farah Salama is a senior at Mayo High School. She is passionate about creating positive change in her community and serving underrepresented demographics. In addition to her involvement with RCI, she is a part of Student Government, Mayo Clinic Volunteering, Track, and many more activities.

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