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OC Sophomore Makes a Difference Through Make-a-Wish

Maria Sippel '23 believes kindness is contagious. As a committed member of PA's chapter of the Make-a-Wish Foundation's Youth Leadership Council, this philanthropic sophomore hopes to improve the lives of children with critical illnesses in the area through small, compassionate acts that inspire others to do the same. "Being on the Youth Leadership Council for Make-A-Wish allows me to grow as an individual not just by giving me experience in public speaking, personal finance and marketing, but by allowing me to implement a chain reaction of love by positively modifying the lives of children just like me." Via monthly meetings and activities, as well as a fundraiser each member must plan on their own, Maria and her fellow council members find a way to incorporate altruism into their lives while making friends and having fun!