The SADD National Student Leadership Council (SLC) is made up of dynamic youth leaders from across the country. SLC members serve as the youth voice to the SADD National office and take on many projects. Click here to learn more about the role of the SLC, and below to view the photos and bios of this year’s SLC.
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2014-2015 SADD National Student Leadership Council
2014-2015 SADD National Student Leadership Council.
2014-2015 SADD National Student of the Year
Maddie Seel is a freshman at the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, PA pursuing a major in Biology. She has been involved with SADD for the past three years, working very closely with Children's Hospital of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pennsylvania DUI Association, Allegheny County Pretrial Services, Allegheny County Health Department, and the Allstate Foundation, to run a program in her own community called Y.I.E.L.D (Youth Involved Education of Legal Drivers.) Working with these partners, Maddie developed Y.I.E.L.D after a very close friend of hers was killed in a motorcycle crash caused by distracted driving. SADD provided the opportunity for Maddie to channel her passion and energy into something positive. She hopes that her work with SADD can prevent tragedies like her friend's and many others.
Maddie has also served as president of the Youth Traffic Safety Board through the Allegheny County Health Department, planning and implementing programs to raise awareness and educate the community about issues surrounding distracted driving. Additionally, she served on the 2013-2014 SADD National Student Leadership Council and was chosen the 2013-2014 Pennsylvania SADD Student of the Year.
As the SADD National Student of the Year, Maddie holds a seat on the SADD National Board of Directors and chairs the 10-member SADD National Student Leadership Council. She will serve as a SADD spokesperson at various national conferences, media events, and public occasions. Maddie will work in a youth leadership position at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in Washington, D.C., during the summer of 2015.
"SADD is a family of people who choose to live a happy, healthy lifestyle and make choices to keep themselves and others safe. SADD has definitely changed my life, for the better!"
Agustin Arreola is currently a senior at Desert Mirage High School in Thermal, California. He has been involved with SADD since his sophomore year and served as president of his chapter his junior year. Agustin participated in SADD SPEAKs (Students for Policy, Education, Advocacy and Knowledge) in 2013, where he and 21 other students from across the nation planned and hosted a traffic safety briefing on Capitol Hill.
In his SADD chapter, Agustin assisted in hosting events and activities for Red Ribbon Week and Yellow Ribbon Week. His chapter has presented at Youth Traffic Safety summits and has participated in Human Rights Day. In school, Agustin is also a member of the Associated Student Body. Agustin was a member of the California SADD SLC, and is a Research Scholar in Raices Cultura’s Youth-led Participatory Action Research Project, which helps youth find chances for youth development.
“I hope that through the SLC, I’m able to help my school more with activities and advocating for healthier decisions and lifestyles.”
Kearny, New Jersey
A natural born adventure seeker, Dania Felix of Kearny, New Jersey is excited to be starting a new adventure at Montclair State University in the fall. She has been a part of SADD since her freshman year and has been on the executive board since her sophomore year. At the state level, Dania has served as a member of the New Jersey Student Advisory Board and is the 2014-2015 New Jersey Student of the Year. In addition to these two state SADD leadership positions, Dania has participated in SADD SPEAKs (Students for Policy, Education, Advocacy and Knowledge) in 2013, where she and 21 other students from across the nation planned and hosted a traffic safety briefing on Capitol Hill.
Living up to the SADD "no use" lifestyle, Dania has used her time to make small changes in her high school through clubs like SADD, National Honor Society, and her school's Student Government Association. Dania also participated in the Italian club and the Gay Straight Alliance. Outside of school extra-curricular activities, the busy teen loves to visit her town’s senior citizen home. She loves to sing, read, dance, bake and write. Dania is an avid feminist who wants to make a difference in the world she lives in and, as SADD has opened so many doors for her, she feels she is on the right path.
“SADD is about changing lives and making a difference. We are an all-inclusive organization, which means no one gets left out.”
McKenzie Martin is a recent graduate from Jackson County High School in Gainesboro, Tennessee, and is continuing her education at Volunteer Community College in Livingston, Tennessee. McKenzie has been involved with SADD for the past seven years. During her senior year, she served as her local SADD chapter president, and she was part of SADD SPEAKs (Students for Policy, Education, Advocacy and Knowledge) in 2013. McKenzie also served as her local FCCLA president, was one of six senior representatives for the Community Prevention Coalition for Jackson County, and was a peer leader at the Tennessee Teen Institute for the past six years. McKenzie is a founding member of Tennessee SLC, and is also a founding member of a Tennessee Scholastic Clay Target Program compaction trap shooting team called The Blue Devils Gunmen. She was also a member of her local band's color guard. During her high school years, McKenzie completed approximately 3,100+ community service hours.
“I first got involved with SADD because I saw a change that needed to be made in my community. I believe that the youth in my community will benefit from information about the consequences of negative decisions.”
Bismarck, North Dakota
Jessica Paul was born and raised in Bismarck, North Dakota and is a recent graduate of Century High School. She is currently a freshman at North Dakota State University in Fargo, working towards a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing. Jessica has been involved with SADD for thirteen years. At her high school, Jessica was on the Student Leadership Committee for three consecutive years. Most recently, she served as her chapter’s Parent and Community Liaison. During her senior year, she served on the Northern Lights SADD Advisory Board, which is a student-led board representing SADD chapters in North Dakota, South Dakota, and Minnesota. Jessica has been involved in her community in many ways through SADD, including conducting many awareness events within her school, planning a community-wide safe driving carnival, working with state elected officials on bills dealing with tobacco products, hosting a town hall meeting, and helping the North Dakota Department of Transportation launch their newest safe driving campaign.
In high school, Jessica was involved in National Honor Society, SADD, school and community dance teams, and volleyball. Jessica originally joined SADD in search of a positive influence in her life and fell in love with its mission to educate students and prevent destructive decision making.
“To me, SADD is an opportunity for pressured students, including myself, to live clean and healthy lives while being great influences for the people around them who may not be living the most ideal lifestyles. It is also a place to make life-long friends who support each other in decisions that keep them healthy.”
Stuarts Draft, Virginia
Katie Quigley is a senior at Stuarts Draft High School in Stuarts Draft, Virginia. Katie is on the executive council for her school’s club, which won 2013-2014 SADD National Chapter of the Year. Over the past three years in high school Katie has created two anti-bullying campaigns. First, during her freshman year, she led a campaign named, “Spread the Word to End the Word,” which focused on ending the negative notion of the word “retarded” in everyday slang. Second, Katie worked with her fellow officers to create “Second Glance,” which focused on looking past our original judgment of someone’s appearance by teaching students in the club to give everyone a second glance and find out who others truly are. In addition to working with anti-bullying campaigns, Katie enjoys participating in Seat Belt checks, creating Exam Day Stress bags, and doing school and community wide activities that promote safe driving practices.
Outside of SADD, Katie has been involved with YOVASO (Youth of Virginia Speak Out) for the past three years and has been on their Youth Advisory Council for two. This past summer, Katie served as a summer intern at NOYS (National Organizations for Youth Safety). She is also a member of National Honor Society, a dance captain for her school’s Drama Club, and a Varsity Sideline Cheerleader. From the classroom to the stage or the sidelines, Katie’s love for SADD and helping other shines through.
“SADD has created a format for me to influence others in a positive way. It gives me and my fellow teens a voice to speak out and be the change.”
Coconut Creek, Florida
Amanda Raphael is a freshman at Florida Atlantic University, Florida. She has been involved with SADD for the past three years, starting as the 11th grade representative and co-president of the chapter in her high school. She is an ambassador for Florida’s Teen Safe Driving Coalition, a state-wide group of policymakers and interested parties committed to keeping teens safe on the roads and in 2013, she participated in SADD SPEAKs (Students for Policy, Education, Advocacy and Knowledge). Amanda has also participated in State Farm’s “Celebrate My Drive” Campaign during National Teen Driver Safety Week and AT&T’s “It Can Wait” anti-texting campaign. Also an active community volunteer, Amanda helped organize Kid Safety Day at the Parkland Farmers Market in March and spends time working with CreekTV for the City of Coconut Creek.
During high school, Amanda was a part of the theater program and also was in Marching Band, Colorguard, and Winterguard. Active in community service, Amanda has made holiday cards for veterans and active military, and participated in a Drunk & Drugged Driving Awareness Month event at Keiser University. She loves all Disney princesses and anything to do with Disney. She hopes to pursue a degree in a field involving entertainment or public speaking.
“SADD to me is not just an organization, but it is my other family."
Tenasha Stephens is a senior at Elwood Community High School. She has been involved with SADD and served on the Elwood & Madison County SADD governing boards since she was a freshman. This year, Madison County SADD received national recognition as the third place SADD National Chapter of the Year. She has been on the Indiana Student Leadership Council for two years.
Tenasha has played volleyball, basketball, and softball each year of her high school career. She is the President of National Honor Society, Secretary of Steering Committee, Secretary of Junior Optimist Club and has graduated from Youth Leadership Academy. She has also been involved in Spanish Club, Characters in Action, and Yearbook Committee. She is a 2014-2015 Athlete of Character. Tenasha loves helping others and hopes to do something with special needs children in her future! Throughout the years, SADD has allowed her to interact with new people and make a change in the world day by day.
"I love that I was introduced to SADD as a freshman because I never would have imagined that I would have this many opportunities to change the world as a teenager. My favorite part about SADD is being able to share the same goal with so many people. We all want to make a difference and are willing to put forth the effort to do so!"
Cheyenne Trujillo was born and raised in Dothan, Alabama. She is currently a senior at Dothan High School and is very active in the school and community. Cheyenne has been involved with the Dothan High School SADD chapter for four years, serving as an officer her sophomore year and currently serving as the chapter President of its 400+ members. In 2013, she participated in SADD SPEAKs (Students for Policy, Education, Advocacy and Knowledge) in Washington, DC.
Cheyenne is a member of National Honor Society and of the Dothan High School Spanish Club. She serves as the president of First Priority, and sits on the Dothan-Houston County Substance Abuse Partnership’s Youth Council. Cheyenne also participates in the new community youth program called UpTeen through Healthy You, where she works to influence others with positive peer-to-peer counseling. A committed volunteer, Cheyenne spends a good deal of time at the Southeast Alabama Youth Services Diversion Center (SAYS) to ensure that troubled youth have positive experiences throughout the year. Last year alone, Cheyenne’s volunteer spirit and more than 300 hours of her community service were recognized with both the Alabama Congressional Volunteer and the Silver Presidential Volunteer Service awards.
“I joined SADD to make a difference in my community and want to stay further involved with SADD to make a difference for teens across the nation.”
SADD National Student of the Year Emeritus
Patrick Stepp proudly hails from the little rural town of Sheridan, Indiana and is a sophomore at Indiana Wesleyan University.
Patrick started his SADD National career by landing a spot on the Indiana SADD Student Leadership Council. He was invited to this post by the Indiana SADD State Coordinator, and his decision to accept has opened many doors for him. During his junior year, Patrick started the first-ever Sheridan High School SADD chapter. Since then, he has served as a SADD National SLC member, the 2013-2014 Student of the Year and is now the 2014-2015 Student of the Year Emeritus.
Through his summer position with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in Washington, DC, Patrick started working on projects within his state to improve Driver Education and to strengthen the current GDL (Graduated Driver Licensing) law. He has also worked with NOYS (National Organizations for Youth Safety) and Safe Kids Worldwide, but calls SADD home by continuing to work with SADD National and Indiana SADD.