united States Of America (USA)
Mary Benes is 14 years old, 8th grader. She is involved with the Girl Scouts of America, National Jr. Honor Society, Student Council, orchestra, Symphony Belle program and swimming. She instinctively sees a need and takes action to make a positive impact in the lives of others. She recently initiated a program to create a hospitable and welcoming environment for families escaping domestic violence at our local family shelter. She believed that if they felt welcome and more at home upon arriving they might stay longer and get the help they need. She helped organize volunteers to keep the program up and running.