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Irais Cortez - Hartford High School -Youth of the Year

Irais has been an active member of the JMG program since her sophomore year of high school, serving as Treasurer, and this year, as President of her Career Association, a key part of the JMG program. During the COVID-19 Pandemic, she was instrumental in encouraging her peers to participate in JMG service projects and events. This year, Irais led two local blood drives and organized a fundraiser to raise money to buy Christmas presents for local families by selling hot cocoa before school in the morning. When she isn't organizing service projects or hosting meetings during school, Irais works full time at a local restaurant. Irais is a hard worker, a great leader, and most undoubtedly someone who blooms where she is planted.

To hear Irais's acceptance speech, click here.


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