Rays of Light: Sydney Gilbert

According to her friend, Sarah Lipps: Sydney is a shining star in many people’s lives...Sydney shows deep care for others and passion for the things that are most important to her—whether that be friends and loved ones, political movements, or her own education. Sydney is a strong, talented woman, who always seems to see the silver lining in the most challenging times.

Rays of Light: Kacey Carpenter

According to recent Ray of Light, Alexa Prejna, Kacey "Is always a source of light in my life as a friend, but I have watched her change the lives of her students from the moment she began student teaching. And now that she has her own classroom, she has become a role model to the generation of people that need great role models the most." Get to know Kacey here...

Rays of Light: Kevin Claus

Kevin has a magnetic personality and smile. Writes recent Ray of Light, Brandon Wilkerson, "Kevin is by far the most positive person I know...Kevin's positivity could brighten whoever came in contact with him that day." His glass always seems to be half-full. And with his big heart and smile, he tries to assure that your glass is at least half-full as well.

Rays of Light: Alexa Prejna

When I think of people who bring joy to others’ lives, I think of Alexa Prejna! Alexa exudes compassion, humor, joy, and positivity around, well, everyone. Alexa is a good friend and a joy to spend time around. People like her—smiles and all—keep our world spinning around 🙂

Rays of Light: Emma Samatas

Emma is one of the kindest, most compassionate, and most authentic people I know. She exudes love and extends empathy to others freely. Emma uses her voice to speak up for herself and for those who might not be comfortable or able to speak up for themselves. In this way, she empowers herself and others to leave positive impacts on the world.

Reviving the American Dream: An Open Letter from a Disenchanted Millennial

In this open letter, I try to reflect on how my realities are different from the ones my parents knew. In so doing, I critique the American Dream--American society as it currently exists--and offer solutions for positive societal change. This work is both revelation and a call for change.