Kristen Cooper is a senior at P. K. Yonge Developmental Research School, Gainesville, Florida. She is the President of the Alachua County Youth Council for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and an Ambassador Scout with Girl Scouts of the USA, working on her Gold Award. She is involved in various clubs and sports, such as Black Money Matters, National Achievers, UNICEF, and the Spanish Honor Society. She is a member of the P.K. Yonge varsity basketball team. Kristen volunteers with the Dreamers Foundation, Incorporated, a charitable, tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to enriching and strengthening the lives of the intellectually challenged, elderly, and youth in our community and was a volunteer at Santa Fe Community College as a Counselor for the College for Kids program. She understands that education is the key to success and is thankful for all the opportunities she has been given.
In the future, she hopes to help change the pharmacy field by continuing her passion for science as a pharmacist. As a compounding pharmacist, she assists customers with their medical needs and provides custom medications to fit the unique needs of patients that cannot be met through mass production.
Ruth Bader Ginsberg, or "Notorious RBG" as she has been coined by Shana Knizhnik, was an American icon of epic proportions. As remembered by the American Bar Association, "It is undeniable that the late Justice Ginsburg transformed the legal profession, the Supreme Court, and the fabric of American society through her tireless advocacy for gender equity. She was a brilliant legal scholar who left a mark on American jurisprudence both in her role on the Court and as an advocate." NSHSS hopes to honor the blazing legacy of "Notorious RBG" by awarding ten (10) applicants with $1,000 each for their efforts to embody the spirit of RBG within their own communities.