National Youth Advisory Council

2017-2019 Members

Brianna Adan

Fort Lauderdale, FL

Brianna Adan is a senior at Pembroke Pines Charter High School. She plays an active role in her school’s community: dedicating time and hard work towards maintaining her GPA, leadership roles, community service, and (somehow) her social life! Brianna has a 5.2 GPA and will be graduating Summa Cum Laude this May. She also is going to be receiving the International Cambridge AICE Diploma, as well as possibly becoming an AP Scholar.

Above all else, Brianna values having a positive impact on her classmates and school, which she deems her second home. She has been elected to serve on her Student Council Board, which she has upheld the office of Class President. This also holds true to the Student Government class that she has been apart of since her sophomore year. This year, Brianna serves as the Florida Association of Student Councils (FASC) Chair for her SGA Board because she was elected President of FASC District 6. Brianna is also actively involved in honor societies; she is corresponding secretary for her National Honor Society, liaison for National English Honor Society, as well as an active board member for Rho Kappa (Social Studies Honor Society). Striving for greatness, Brianna also has been a member of PPCHS’s Brain Brawl team for two years, as well as a part of Model United Nations for four years. She is now the Vice President. She is also the co-president and co-founder of her school’s Humane Society Club due to the hours on end that she spends volunteering at the Miami Dade Animal Services.Service is very important to Brianna, as she has well over 1,000 hours that she spends organizing collection drives, environmental campaigns, taking care of animals, as well as interning whenever possible with Miramar City Hall or Broward Center of Performing Arts. Being apart of this council was a goal of Brianna’s after she attended FFVF’s Spirit of America trip last March. She was blown away by the experience, and she wanted to continue to promote civic involvement in her community.

Of course, Brianna, or (as known by friends) Bree, loves to spend time with her family and friends whenever possible to decompress. She says going to the beach with the people she loves is by far her favorite thing to do. She also enjoys Victorian novels, crime documentaries, green tea, and political debates. Brianna plans to attend Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service next year to study International Politics with a concentration in international security. Eventually her end goal is to work counterterrorism with the FBI and keep this great nation safe.

Arianna Arditi

Pottstown, PA

Arianna Arditi is a junior at Owen J Roberts High School in Pottstown, PA. Arianna is currently the Executive Secretary of the Student Government, after serving as Sophomore Class President and Freshman Class Treasurer. Her favorite government activities have been attending the Senator for a Day conferences and planning the school wide Spirit Weeks.

She has been a member of the Odyssey of the Mind, Structural Engineering Team since 5th grade and has been a World Finalist five times. She thrives on the creativity and “think outside the box” problem solving mentality. The camaraderie of all teams from around the world is inspirational and a reminder that students really are the same wherever they live.

During the past three years, DECA has taught Arianna business principles that will apply to the real world. Even in her summer job, she sees ways to be more efficient and cost effective. She has been a State Finalist and Regional Champion. Music is a big part of Arianna’s life. She plays mallet percussion in the Honors Concert Band, Jazz Band and Marching Band; where she also serves as Head Section Leader. She is a member of Tri-M Music Honor Society. Arianna loves being on stage and has been part of the school’s Fall Play and Musical.

Within her high school, Arianna is a Wildcat Ambassador; giving tours to alumni and orienting new students. She reads the morning news announcements, is a member of the Junior Classical League, World Languages Honor Society and has achieved many honors the National Latin program. Outside of school, she happily spends her time as a math tutor and pet sitter.

Kiama Cavazos

Texas

 

Kiama Cavazos is a young woman currently completing her senior year in her home state, Texas. She loves science and her JROTC program where she is the Battalion Commander and Captain of the Color Guard. She is passionate about encouraging the youth to be more aware of the world around them and taking an active role in being the change that she wishes to see in society. Her career goal is to work for Veterans Affairs as a psychiatrist in order to assist veterans who are leaving to and coming home from active duty service.

Anthony Bui

Santa Ana, CA

Anthony is currently a junior pursuing the International Baccalaureate Diploma at Troy High School. He is an Eagle Scout and President of the National Eagle Scout Association as well as a Vice President Support for Western Region Area 4 Venturing. Anthony has an interest in government, political science, and international relations. He has demonstrated this passion through placing at the national level for Introduction to Parliamentary Procedure in Future Business Leaders of America and learning about International Affairs and Security this past summer at Yale University.

This upcoming year, he plans on competing in Global Business, Business Law, Transcultural Healthcare, and Medical Law and Ethics. Moreover, last year, he served on the international Team HBV Social Media Outreach Committee, where he translated interviews and information into Vietnamese to be posted onto an online newspaper. At school, he is an officer for Join Jade, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Financial Literacy and Marketing Expertise. Anthony hopes to major in international relations or law at Yale University or Georgetown University. Finally his interests include wake boarding , water skiing, sailing and backpacking. Anthony is most excited about getting the youth of America more involved in global politics and becoming more aware of the international world of politics.

Daniel Caroe

Las Cruces, NM

Daniel is a senior at Desert Springs Christian Academy in Las Cruces. He serves as the President of his student body, student leadership council, junior classical league, and was honored to be named a Las Cruces Mayor’s Top Teen. Daniel has also enjoyed working on various local, state, and federal elections throughout high school. In addition to his school work, Daniel also takes time to volunteer at his town’s El Caldito Soup Kitchen every Saturday, and many days after school, preparing food for the homeless. He also works to raise money to fund transitional housing for families living in tents as a part of his town’s Community of Hope “Tents to Rents” project. Daniel hopes to study international relations in college and one day run for public office.

Ciara Ford

Elberta, UT

Ciara is a senior at Payson High School in Utah and she plans to attend Southern Utah University next year to obtain her bachelors of science degree. After her time at Southern Utah , she hopes to go on to medical school to become a physician. Besides her interest in health care and the sciences , she also enjoys music. She released her first album (love ,17) in June of 2017. Ciara also has a passion for promoting and practicing responsible civic engagement, because she believes that the success of our country depends on the responsible involvement of all American citizens. Ciara is excited to meet new people, and help make America a better place by helping her generation see the importance of responsible civic engagement!

Truman Casady

Lincoln, CA

Truman is currently a senior and Fighting Zebra at Lincoln High School in Lincoln, CA. An avid singer, public speaker, politically minded, and overall sociable person, he uses his unique talents to lead a choir council, direct his school in leadership, participate in a Church Youth Council, speak at local bipartisan meetings on Religious Freedom, and volunteering for his local city’s voting commission. For the Freedoms Foundation, Truman is in his local chapter’s Youth Board of Directors for the Sacramento Chapter and president of his high school “Freedoms Club”, a part of Freedoms Foundation. An ideal day for Truman consists of practicing for a play in drama, performing in his school’s advanced choir, working on his Eagle Scout project and pursuing politics. He enjoys hanging out with friends and telling jokes. He plans to serve a church mission in the next summer.

Nic Paulson

Utah

Nic Paulson is a senior at Woods Cross High School where he is an A student and excels at debate and swimming. He has participated in policy debate since he was a sophomore and has taken first in many tournaments including region. Nic is also a member of the Model United Nations Team and has taken state in both 2017 and 2018. He has swum since he was 10 and is now the captain of his high school swim team. His best races are the 100-yard breaststroke and the 100-yard freestyle. Nic was selected to attend the Early Executive Leadership Academy at Weber State University where he learned important leadership skills and business techniques.

He was also sponsored by Freedoms Foundation’s Utah chapter to attend the Spirit of America Youth Leadership program. During this program he learned how to be a responsible citizen and the importance of the United States Constitution. He plans to be an active citizen, hoping to someday run for public office. Nic is very knowledgeable about history and current events. He also enjoys following the stock market and investing. When Nic goes to college he wants to pursue a degree in business management. He loves the outdoors and enjoys hiking in the mountains above his house.

Gabrielle (Gabby) Marz

Sandy, UT

Who’s spunky, loves AMERICA (!!!), puns, and unicorns? Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge Youth Advisory Council Member…GABBY MARZ!

Gabby is 17 years old and a resident of the sweet state of Utah. She enjoys wake boarding, planning events, speed walking, and fashion!
Gabby has always been enthralled with leadership, involvement, and service. Starting in Elementary School, Gabby served on student council, gaining a deep appreciation for leadership. This trend continued in Middle School as she served as 8th Grade Vice President, Youth Group President, and National Junior Honor Society President. During High School, Gabby participated as Freshman Class President, Sophomore Class President, Stake Youth Council Member, Junior Class President, a member of Canyons School District Student Advisory Council, Student Body Officer as Service Vice, Sandy Youth City Council Member, and the America’s Advocates Founder and President. A rejection to apathy is Gabby’s favorite aspect of FFVF’s message and the one she tries and strives to live each day.

Gabby plans to attend University, studying Political Science, with an emphasis in Public Administration. She plans to run for local, state, and/or national government. In such pursuits she hopes to better the community and help those around her.

As a member of YAC, Gabby is committed to collaborating in a positive manner with her fellow council members. Additionally, she plans to spread FFVF’s message and serve those in her community and those in the nation as a member of YAC. God bless America!

Bowen Perry

Alamogordo, NM

Bowen is a student at Alamogordo High School, in Alamogordo, New Mexico. He is very involved with his community and school through participating in a number of extracurriculars and community engagement activities to include: Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps, where he is the commander of the Unit’s Kitty Hawk Air Society, Public Affairs Group, and the Aerospace Studies Team. He also is the Treasurer to Alamogordo High’s Executive Student Council, is the president of his class, and is active in his school’s Athletic Training Program.

Bowen takes all Honors, and AP classes, where he is currently also seeking his Associate Degree, through dual enrollment, with his local university. Bowen sits as the New Mexico representative for D.A.R.E America, and is also in his county’s Junior Leadership program.

Bowen’s passions include going out to his local airport every Saturday where he receives flight training, and is working towards his Private Pilot’s Licence. Bowen shares a passion with Freedoms Foundation to share and spread knowledge of American rights and responsibilities, honoring acts of civic virtue, and challenging all to reject apathy and getting involved, through education and experience offered to the youth of America. Bo is so excited to collaborate and get to know his fellow YAC members, and get to work on the duties assigned to this position. Most of all, he is excited to “represent,” the Southwest region of the United States, in a sense, to FFVF’s programs offered, and share the amazing opportunities the Foundation has to offer.

Miki Reynolds

Cary, NC

Miki Reynolds is a high school junior living in North Carolina. She is a member of student council, civil air patrol, a masonic youth group (International Order of the Rainbow for Girls), and the National Technical and National Scholars Honors Societies. She is able to speak English, Spanish, and Chinese. In her free time, Miki enjoys participating in cheerleading, softball and golf and volunteering with her youth group. She is also working on obtaining her pilot’s licence and becoming a master scuba diver. Miki is most excited about being able to contribute and help grow a program that she really enjoyed being able to be a part of.

Kelsie Richardson

St. George, UT

Kelsie Richardson is a senior at Desert Hills High School in St. George, Utah. She is the president for the National Honor Society (NHS) chapter at her school. Kelsie also started a tutoring business where she helped students from 2nd to 8th grades with reading and math. She has attended Utah Girls State where she was elected to be the city attorney and represented her city at a mock trial. Kelsie recently completed a large-scale service project where she updated all of the emergency kits in her school so that the teachers and students would be prepared in times of shelter in place. Kelsie also works full-time at Fiiz where she is a high school manager. She enjoys reading, history and politics. She plans to study political science at Southern Virginia University. After college she hopes to attend law school and become a corporate lawyer. She looks forward to serving as a member of the council.