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The Best and The Brightest of 2024



Age 16

Sascha is a trailblazer who demonstrates initiative and is committed to sparking positive change. This year, she created a Multicultural Coalition at BASIS Mesa to celebrate rich cultural backgrounds and foster unity.  She has eight board members and they are planning their first Multicultural Celebration in April to bring the school and community together. Through their events, she has been able to amplify diverse voices, promote empathy, and encourage cross-cultural understanding.


She was selected as “Miss Juneteenth Arizona 2023”, an experience she treasures. Her mother saw the opportunity and encouraged her to apply.


“I would have never considered applying for it,” said Sascha. “But, I am so glad I did. It’s opened so many doors for me. It increased my confidence, public speaking skills and made me realize we need a greater representation of young women of color in politics.”


Sascha also started TEENgage, a youth summit for political engagement. It serves as a platform to empower and educate youth, equipping them with the tools and knowledge needed to become future leaders and change-makers in their communities.


She is a servant leader and inspires everyone around her to get involved.  Sascha volunteers weekly at her church as a service leader helping younger students. At school, she’s also president of the Model United Nations Club, Secretary of the National Honor Society, and Public Relations officer of the Student Ambassador’s program. 


“More teens should get engaged in their community,” said Sascha. “It doesn’t cost anything to do and what you gain in skills and experience is invaluable. It betters your life and others!” 

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