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Student of the Month: Michelle Sanchez

We’re celebrating YE student mindset-shift moments and everyday successes with our Student of the Month award. Congratulations to this month’s winner, Michelle Sanchez of FL Schlagle High School in Kansas City, Kan. Learn more about Michelle from her YE educator and nominator, Lydia Hampton.

The Foundational Value Michelle exemplifies: “Opportunity. She took advantage of activities outside of the classroom. I would make announcements about events and she was always the first one who took me up on those offers. She would also go out and seek new opportunities herself. To me, that showed Michelle is going to take control of her future, she’s not going to let anyone decide for her how life is going to go.”

How she goes above and beyond: “Michelle has a very kind heart. She also exemplified Win-Win Focus because she was always looking out for her classmates. When we did the business model competition, which is an individual project, Michelle was always helping her classmates to understand how the Business Model Canvas worked and helped them brainstorm ideas to prepare for their presentation. She did that constantly, it wasn’t just one instance. And her business model itself was about helping others — assisting homeless people in Kansas City get back on their feet. It’s ingrained in Michelle that she wants to make the world a better place and help others in any way she can.”

A mindset shift moment: “She was selected to go to a YE Summit this summer. It's 100 students from all over the country coming to learn more about entrepreneurship and innovation. I think that was a mindset shift moment for Michelle because she got to meet and engage with people from all over the U.S. I think that and all the other opportunities presented to her have created a mindset shift, because she’s seeing how much there is outside of her experience in Kansas City. She takes every moment of learning and opportunity and makes it work for her. She makes YE proud.”

Words to describe Michelle: Compassionate, empathetic, creative, optimistic.

Congratulations, Michelle! We wish you the best in your future endeavors — and look forward to hearing about all of your successes!

Know a stellar YE student like Michelle who should win this award? Nominate her or him here!

Read more about previous Student of the Month winners.