is a senior at Cretin-Derham Hall High School in St. Paul, Minnesota, where she serves as Student Council Vice President, Yearbook Editor, Green Team Co-President, Model United Nations Captain, National Honors Society Scholar, and Varsity Dance Team Captain.
She takes part in coordinating the fall coat drive and spring food drive through the Student Council, debates relevant world issues in Model United Nations, and volunteers as a tutor for underprivileged children at East Side Learning Center, and in the emergency room at United Hospital. She is also active in working with mentally disabled youth in the Highland Friendship Club, and a Co-Chair for the community-wide Empty Bowls Fundraiser for world hunger which raises thousands of dollars to buy livestock for families in developing countries in partnership with Heifer International each year. Last spring she helped launch a “Got Green?” campaign for Earth Week 2014 to promote more sustainable living among the student body, and designed and sold a corresponding t-shirt line.
has been on the President’s List Honor Roll all four years of high school, and was awarded Hardest Worker by her dance coaches. She is passionate about music and photography, and is very involved in the choir and theater at school. She founded and owns a senior portrait photography business and won Capture Minnesota’s Youth Photography Contest last year. She writes for the Smart Girls Group online magazine, is a member of the Josten’s Marketing and Trend Council, and a HerCampus Ambassador.
During the past three summers Nicole has been a mentor for young teen girls through the volunteer Disciple Team program at Trout Lake Camp, and spent ten days studying post-Civil War reconciliation efforts in El Salvador as a SHARE delegate in July. Nicole aspires to major in Business with interests in Entrepreneurship, Anthropology, and Public Health, and is honored to be chosen as a member of the National Teen Council because she is passionate about service and youth leadership and hopes to inspire others to be as well!