Sarah Lin

Southwestern Academy
Pasadena, CA

Sarah Lin is a rising senior at Southwestern Academy, a high school in San Marino, California. She is the Interact Club president at her school and is dedicated to community service and meaningful engagement within her community. She regularly organizes food drives, street clean-ups, clothing donations, and more. She also has a passion for gardening and has been working to improve her neighborhood's social and physical health by promoting organic, fresh produce. When plants were wilting because of unbearably hot summers, she did extensive research to help local farmers. She grew ozone beans, a unique, sensitive type of bean that can be used to detect ozone levels by observing its leaf behavior. Having distributed the plants at several farmers' markets, she enabled farmers in her community to keep track of their plants without purchasing expensive equipment. She hopes to continue inspiring people to do community service and to care about sustainability.