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Tamara Thomas - Washington Park Environmental Studies

Tamara Notable: Named Boys and Girls Clubs’ Ohio Youth of the Year after being chosen Boys and Girls Clubs of Cleveland’s Youth of the Year. Moved on to regional and possibly national competitions.

High school resume: Class secretary. Member of the CEO’s Student Advisory Committee. Founded Stop the Hate Club. Served internship with Stephanie Tubbs Jones Legal Academy at Case Western Reserve University, participating in a mock trial, shadowing lawyers and judges and taking law classes.

Plans for the future: Attend Xavier University, studying political science and international relations, and then go on to law school at Case Western Reserve University or Oxford. Work as an attorney specializing in international law.

Challenges faced: Stepping out of her comfort zone.

Who besides Tamara deserves credit for her success? Comes from a supportive household. Also, the Boys and Girls Club was a central influence providing wisdom and guidance and serving as a “second family.”

Quote: (On the example she hopes to set for other young people.) “I want to show them they can do whatever they want to do. I had so many people tell me what I couldn’t do. You won’t be doing this. You won’t graduate. You won’t succeed. I did it. I proved everybody wrong.”