Hubbell honored as LO's Amazing Kid
Contest shines spotlight on young people who are making a real difference
Mack Hubbell is an amazing kid.
Hubbell, a senior at Lake Oswego High School, has collected backpacks full of supplies for hurricane victims, ministered to drug addicts and the homeless in San Franciscos Tenderloin District and helped tsunami victims rebuild their homes and their lives in Japan.
He has volunteered for Down Syndrome Network Oregon, guided children and peers as a Young Life leader, served as a student body officer at Lake Oswego High and is the president of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
And now, officially, he is an Amazing Kid.
On Oct. 30, Hubbell will represent Lake Oswego at a special event sponsored by Pamplin Media Group and Adventist Medical Center that will honor young people from across northwest Oregon who are doing incredible work to improve their schools and communities.
You can read all of their stories in a special section inside todays issue of The Review.
Earlier this year, The Review asked readers to nominate students to be our Amazing Kid. In addition to Hubbell, those nominees included:
Anna Kulawiec: Anna is a junior at Lake Oswego High School. She was nominated for her leadership, community service and positive attitude. She maintains trails at Tryon Creek State Park, planted a mini garden at a local school, cleaned windows at a retirement home and has volunteered for three years with the Lake Oswego Teen Service Corps. She also has been a participant in the Mercy Corps International Development Camp 101 for two years. She is on the cross country team and also is a gifted viola player and pianist, as well as a member of the Speech and Debate Team and Model United Nations.
Claire Sarnowski: Claire, a fifth-grader at River Grove Elementary School, received three nominations. She is an advocate for people with multiple sclerosis; in the past six years, she has raised $32,000 for Walk MS by going door to door and holding a coin drive at her school. Her accomplishments also include an invitation from Caddies 4 Cure, which supports the Oregon Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, to be junior emcee at their 2013 auction. Claire raised $4,000 auctioning off friendship bracelets. In addition, she made $300 selling bracelets, which she used to buy toys for children at Doernbecher Childrens Hospital.
Rachel Winningham:Rachel is a junior at Lakeridge High School. She was nominated for her efforts to make a difference in her community. She is involved in organizations including National Charity League, the Oregon Dog Rescue, Tualatin School House Pantry and the William Temple House. She also created a club at Lakeridge to raise funds for childrens charities. She is a member of the National Honor Society, French Honor Society and the Lakeridge Debate Team, placing eighth in the state debate tournament last year. She loves to volunteer for the Outdoor School program.
Hubbell was chosen as Lake Oswegos Amazing Kid for his volunteer efforts, but the 17-year-old doesnt see his actions as unusual.
Ive learned its important to love everyone, he says. Its important to be the person you know you are in every situation. Just have high moral ground and integrity and just know that you can do anything no matter what anyone tells you. You can do anything you put your mind to.