Meet ABC11's Cool Kids

When a football teammate was diagnosed with leukemia, Apex High student Jason Lockamy launched a social media awareness campaign and arranged for the Duke football team to visit his friend. Jason is also the N.C. ambassador for the group "Shoes for Liberia."

Elissa Tew was visiting her grandfather with dementia in a Harnett County nursing home when she got the idea for a project called "Turning up the volume: Memory through music." For two years she's been loading MP3 players with old songs and donating them to nursing homes.

This summer, St. Thomas More Academy student John DeGuzman will lead a group of Triangle teens to build homes in his grandmother's village in the Philippines.

Bunn High School senior Stephanie Hilaire teaches special needs students and others at school how to interact.

Chris Watson makes a difference in his community by helping others when crisis strikes.

Union Pines High School sophomore Sammie Duerring wants to help buy a guide dog for another sight-impaired teen.

Molly Paul volunteers twice a week at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences and is working to educate the public about pet turtles.

Eighth grader Leanne Joyce is the founder of a non-profit that's making hospital stays easier for children.

Parker Lee calls himself a "health and fitness" guy and loves how exercise has changed his life and self-esteem.

Libby Bowes is working to help students retain their skills while they're out of school.

Raleigh teen Tristan Emm plans to spend part of his summer raising money for disabled veterans.

Southern High School senior Jonathan Okafo started a nonprofit summer camp to help give kids from 6 to 16 a chance to reach their potential.

Fayetteville 14-year old Sabria Burns is doing her part to keep kids healthy.

Sixteen-year-old Shae Knight spends her afternoons volunteering and mentoring younger girls at the John Avery Boys and Girls Club in Durham.

Ish Montague has been into music for as long as he can remember. The 17-year-old junior at Enloe High School in Raleigh is bringing music to China.

ABC 11 hosted a luncheon for the recipients of the Sylvan Learning "Cool Kids" Award.

Congratulations and thanks to all the Cool Kids for the work they're doing in our communities!

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