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The Next Generation Politics Directors focus on empowering all young people to stand for something, to engage in the political and governmental process, to voice their concerns to elected officials, and to make the change they want to witness. 

Photo of Shreeya Aranake Shreeya Aranake California State Director

Shreeya Aranake is a junior at Milpitas High School in Milpitas, California. She is a member of TEDxMilpitasHigh and the varsity tennis team at her high school. Shreeya is also a contributor to the NGP Blog, and she hopes to explore the field of economics in her future writing career.

Photo of Bennett Brown Bennett Brown Mississippi State Director

Bennett Brown is a senior year at Oxford High School in Oxford, Mississippi.  Bennett, among other clubs, is actively involved in his school’s Feminism Club and Chess Club. He has volunteered at a veterinary animal hospital and several camps, and he enjoys table tennis in his spare time....

Photo of Gracie Doyle Gracie Doyle Idaho State Director

Gracie Doyle is a junior at Wood River High School in Hailey, Idaho. She participates in varsity tennis, varsity debate, Model U.N., Key club, environmental club, Business Professionals of America and National Honor Society. Gracie aspires to empower young people in her school and community to develop political opinions and strong voices through NGP.

Photo of Kate Goodpaster Kate Goodpaster Indiana State Director

Katelyn Goodpaster is a junior at New Castle High School in New Castle, Indiana. In addition to Katelyn’s work with NGP, she is the vice president of her school’s speech and debate team, a member of the equality club, and a volunteer art teacher....

Photo of Matthew Matisz Matthew Matisz Pennsylvania State Director

Matt Matisz is a junior at Vincentian Academy in Pittsburgh, PA. He is a member of his school’s Mock Trial Team and Student Government. Matt is passionate about youth activism in the political process and campaigning, and he is looking forward to collaborating with chapter leaders from across his state of Pennsylvania.

Photo of Damla Ozbay Damla Ozbay Turkey Director

Damla is a senior at Eyüboğlu High School in Istanbul, Turkey. As an avid Model United Nations member, Damla hopes to use NGP as a platform to bring together global perspectives as well as unify varying perspectives present in her own country....

Photo of Annabelle Pukas Annabelle Pukas Montana State Director

Annabelle Pukas is a junior and full IB candidate at Flathead High School in Kalispell, Montana. As an active member of her community, Annabelle is aware of the rapidly changing political paradigm, and she hopes to ensure Generation Z has a powerful voice as critical decisions are made in government.

Photo of Bhavana Ravala Bhavana Ravala Illinois State Director

Bhavana Ravala is currently a senior at Normal Community High school in Bloomington-Normal, Illinois. Outside of NGP, Bhavana promotes civic engagement through Vote16 Illinois and Bridge the Divide. She is also active in speech and debate, ultimately in preparation for a career in law or government....

Photo of Cate Schick Cate Schick New York State Director

Cate Schick is a senior at Garden City High School in Garden City, NY. She is an active member within her school community, serving on the Class of 2018 student council and as president of Tri-M Music Honor Society. In her spare time, Cate runs her own business as an academic and music tutor, plays on the varsity soccer team, and volunteers at her local Roman Catholic Church.

Photo of Tanya Singh Tanya Singh India Director

Tanya Singh is a high school senior from India.  Her poems have appeared, or are forthcoming, in Literary Orphans, Dear Damsels, among other publications. She serves as a Blog Editor for Moledro Magazine, and a First Reader for Polyphony H.S....

Photo of Christian Villarreal Christian Villarreal Texas State Director

Christian A. Villarreal is a junior at Harlingen High School South in Harlingen, Texas. He enjoys to compete in policy debate, extemporaneous speaking, and the Scholastic Pistol and Firearm Program. Christian also volunteers at local churches and community centers and takes party in several community volunteer events, such as the Texas State Youth summit.

Photo of Chloe Wallen Chloe Wallen Missouri State Director

Chloe Wallen is a senior at Staley High School in Kansas City, Missouri. As an active member of Speech and Debate, Chloe is enthusiastic about battling political apathy and  promoting bipartisanship among Generation Z.

Photo of Leticia Wood Leticia Wood New Jersey State Director

Leticia Wood is a senior at the Academies @ Englewood in Englewood, New Jersey. She is the Vice President of her school’s chapter of the Junior State of America, a club dedicated to promoting youth involvement in civics and politics, and she is president of her school’s Interact Club. ...

Photo of Ashna Yakoob Ashna Yakoob Arizona State Director
Photo of Hannah Burton Hannah Burton Tennessee Director

Hannah Burton is currently a senior at Summit High School in Spring Hill, Tennessee. Hannah is co-captain of her school’s Speech and Debate team and a politically active member of the Spring Hill community. Through NGP, Hannah hopes to ignite a spirit of bipartisanship among young people across her state!

Photo of Isabella Igbanugo Isabella Igbanugo Minnesota Director

Isabella Igbanugo is a junior at Providence Academy in Plymouth, Minnesota. Among her involvement in other initiatives and clubs, Isabella is captain of her school’s debate team, President of  its World Culture club, and Attorney general for Junior Society of America....

Photo of Laurin Kopp Laurin Kopp Germany Director

Laurin Kopp is a sixteen-year-old student and the Germany Director of NGP, and he currently attends school in Bad Homburg, Germany. An avid traveler, golfer and tennis player, Laurin has a great interest in politics and diplomacy. He looks forward to leading Germany NGP into a unique and active beginning!

Photo of Akash Mishra Akash Mishra UAE Director

Akash Mishra is a Senior at the American School of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. He’s a dedicated community leader who enjoys working with others. Alongside his work as a student, Akash runs local TEDxYouth events, serves as an MUN President, and is the Co-Founder of the country’s only Mock Trial....

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