Advocate: Incoming First-Year Accomplishes a Lifetime of Charitable Leadership

June 19, 2012

Advocate of Eldersburg & Sykesville (Westminster, Md.) reported that Stephanie Feinberg, an incoming member of the Class of 2016, has organized more fundraising and charitable activities during her time at South Carroll High School than many people do in a lifetime.

While she has collected soda tabs for Ronald McDonald’s House Charities fund, held fundraisers for UNICEF and Operation Smile, volunteered at a local nursing home, interned with the Human Services of Carroll County and cleaned up Piney Run Park’s nature center, she is most proud of the event she has planned specifically to raise awareness for diabetes. Her grandmother, Sivya Feinberg, died from Type 2 Diabetes.

During her sophomore and junior years, she helped organize a school walk for diabetes and this past year the Key Club expanded the event to add games and other activities like Zumba, naming it Party for a Purpose.

Over the last three years, the diabetes events have raised about $10,000, Feinberg said, which has gone toward the American Diabetes Association’s Maryland chapter in Baltimore.

Feinberg was this year’s Lt. Governor for Division 9, which is part of the Capital District of Key Club International and was recently named Teenager of the Year in Western Maryland by Kiwanis. Key Club International is a Kiwanis International High School program. Kiwanis founded and supports Key Club.

After seeing the impact of the Key Club during her freshman year at South Carroll, Feinberg also decided to start a Builders Club, the middle school equivalent of the Key Club, at Mount Airy Middle School in 2010.

“There wasn’t much opportunity for students there, and I wanted to show them that anyone can make a difference,” Feinberg said. “I emailed the principal there and the school jumped on the idea.”

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