NATIONAL TEEN COUNCIL PRESIDENT
Annie Schugart is a Harvard freshman originally from Kansas City. Her passion for youth leadership began with her involvement with local youth councils. In high school, Annie was a member of her neighboring city’s youth council, the Olathe Teen Council. However, after seeing the positive impact this opportunity had on local teens, she envisioned a similar opportunity for students in her own town. She created a proposal and presented to the Overland Park City Council, and she is excited to say that the Overland Park Teen Council became a reality and is now in its second year.
Annie is also heavily involved with journalism and currently writes for The Harvard Crimson, USA Today, Huffington Post, and Her Campus Harvard. She also is heavily involved in the arts community at Harvard and on a nationwide level. She was named a U.S. Army All-American Marching Band member, in which she was one of six piccolo/flutists selected from across the nation, and she has performed in the Kennedy Center with the All-National Honor Band. Annie is a performer and board member of the Harvard University Flute Ensemble and the Harvard Radcliffe Dance Company. She also enjoys spending her time as a member of the Harvard Cheer team.
On campus, Annie is excited to take a stand regarding issues she cares strongly about. She is thrilled to take on the role of president of the Harvard College Dance Marathon, raising money for Boston Children’s Hospital. She also serves as a board member of Divest Harvard, in which she hopes to help lead Harvard University to divest from fossil fuels.
Academically, Annie was a Kansas Honor Scholar, National Merit Scholar, and AP Scholar. However, she believes service to others is what makes life fulfilling. She believes in youth leadership and that the youth has just as powerful of a voice–if not even more powerful–than adults. “Service allows me to put my energy into the community around me,” Annie said, “because one spark of energy can create an electrifying result. Connected through service, society can see that–in the rawest form of human existence–we are all greater than our differences and are all part of the same thing. Service is so powerful, and it starts with youth.”