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    Elizabeth Redenbaugh (2011)

    An active school volunteer for years, Elizabeth Redenbaugh was sworn in as a member of North Carolina’s New Hanover County school board in December 2008. A few months after she was elected, the school board began contemplating a redistricting plan that appeared likely to result in increased socioeconomic and racial segregation in Wilmington midd...

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    William Winter (2008)

    As Governor of Mississippi in the early 1980’s, William Winter called the state legislature into special session to pass a landmark education reform proposal aimed at bringing uniform quality and racial tolerance to public education in Mississippi. Winter's Education Reform Act of 1982 was among the most significant pieces of legislation of its ...

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    Carl Elliott, Sr. (1990)

    Carl Elliott, a former United States Congressman from Jasper, Alabama, was honored for his participation in the passage of the historic National Defense Education Act of 1958, which made a college education accessible to all, regardless of race or economic status. Congressman Elliott persevered despite the fact that his stands were anathemas in ...

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    Lisa Madigan 2005

    When she took her oath of office in 2003, Lisa Madigan became the first woman ever to hold the position of Illinois Attorney General. At the age of 39, she serves as the state’s chief consumer advocate and law enforcement officer. Ms. Madigan has spearheaded efforts leading to the passage of more than 30 legislative initiatives since she took offic...

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    2011 Winning Essay by Kevin Kay

    Kevin Kay, a junior at Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda, Maryland, has won the national John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest for High School Students™. Kay was honored by Caroline Kennedy during the May 23, 2011, Profile in Courage Award ceremony at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston for his prize-winning ...

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    Gabrielle Giffords (2013)

    Gabrielle Giffords was elected to Arizona's 8th Congressional District seat in 2006, after more than five years of service in the Arizona House of Representatives and State Senate. In Congress, she quickly became a leading policymaker on border security, energy independence, and support for military families and veterans. In 2010, she was the targe...

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    2014 Winning Essay By Ben Wolman

    Ben Wolman, a freshman at Palisades Charter High School in Pacific Palisades, California has won the national John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest for High School Students. Wolman’s prize-winning essay describes the political courage of former Colorado State Senate President John Morse, who in March 2013 risked his career to lead...

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    Maryland High School Student Wins National John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest (April 21, 2011)
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    Boston, MA—The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation today announced that Kevin Kay, a junior at Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda, Maryland has won the national John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest for High School Students™. Kay will be honored by Caroline Kennedy during the May 23, 2011 Profile in Courage Award ceremony at the John F....

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    California High School Student Wins National John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest (April 30, 2014)
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    Boston MA –The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation today announced that Ben Wolman, a freshman at Palisades Charter High School in Pacific Palisades, California has won the national John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest for High School Students.  Wolman’s prize-winning essay describes the political courage of former Color...

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