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Julia Schemmer
Julia Schemmer, a senior at Norco High School, is truly ecstatic to be writing for HuffPost Teen. She enjoys challenging herself with six Advanced Placement and Honors courses, as well as over twenty clubs and volunteering at Crossroads Christian Church four days a week. She also is a member of National Teen Council, a High School Ambassador for, a writer for, and the founder of the Face of Cancer. One day, Julia would like to become an international human rights lawyer, specifically in India and the Middle East region. Julia is passionate about the prevention of genocide, and seeks to work one day with the UN Human Rights Commission to end genocide and mentor people affected by genocidal attempts.

Entries by Julia Schemmer

How I Started an Organization at 15 (and You Can, Too!)

(0) Comments | Posted June 30, 2014 | 12:33 PM

In 2012, I launched an organization that changed my life forever, called The Face of Cancer. At that time, I was 15 years old and unprepared for the adventure it would take me on. This article was not written with the intention of promoting The Face of Cancer, though you...

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Random Thoughts From an Overanalyzing Teenager

(0) Comments | Posted May 1, 2014 | 10:42 AM

Allow me to not feel inspired, but empowered; for inspiration comes and goes in fleeting seasons, but a moment of sheer empowerment grants enough strength for a lifelong commitment of following dreams relentlessly. Inspiration is deceptively sweet, for when it is allowed it to leak into your heart; it gains...

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Sonia Jackson Myles: From Businesswoman to National Spokesperson for Women's Rights

(0) Comments | Posted April 14, 2014 | 3:41 PM

Often, the hardest step to take requires a leap of faith. Sonia Jackson Myles, a young corporate professional, gained prestigious titles such as one of Essence magazine's Top 25 Women in 2008 and the Trumpet Award Foundation's Women in High Heels Award and the Florida A & M University Presidential...

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A Passionate Youth: Meet Matt Henderson

(0) Comments | Posted April 4, 2014 | 10:08 AM

As teens, we often vow to make a difference, yet our ambitions can be hidden away in the midst of the stress from school, work and preparation for college. However, every once in a blue moon you come across incredible teenagers, contagious with inspiration, that seem to handle it all.

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Taking Joy in Journeys

(0) Comments | Posted March 17, 2014 | 3:36 PM

Confession: Last week, I boarded an airplane for the first time.

While I am ambitious to travel in my life, it took seventeen years for me to step foot in the airport and experience the joys of flying in an airplane.

I noticed that in an airport, you meet...

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7 Amazingly Productive Things to Do Over Break

(0) Comments | Posted March 17, 2014 | 2:00 PM

While laziness and apathy are words commonly associated with teenagers, spring break provides an opportunity to make a difference in your own personal life, community and world. Here are some ideas to get you started:

1. Volunteer
While it's simple to give money to a worthy cause, the most...

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The First Step to World Peace

(0) Comments | Posted January 31, 2014 | 3:21 PM

"Contestant No. 258, please step on to the stage."

Nervously, the curly haired, white toothed contestant stepped towards center stage, her gown glistening in the spotlight. The interview round was the most dreaded round, and it was her turn to answer the question that fate had in store for...

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The Power of Words

(1) Comments | Posted January 22, 2014 | 3:50 PM

"I have hated words, and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right." -The Book Thief

I am a page, and the way I live etches words on to me and creates a story for the world to see. Words have catalyzed and stirred nations into...

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5 Reasons Why Your Life is Awesome

(0) Comments | Posted December 25, 2013 | 10:37 PM

"You see George; you've really had a wonderful life. Don't you see what a mistake it would be to just throw it away?" - Clarence from It's A Wonderful Life

While the winter season brings joy and happiness to many, statistics reveal that about three to five...

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Ways to Make a Difference This Holiday Season

(1) Comments | Posted December 4, 2013 | 9:48 AM

This holiday season encourages many to bring joy and love to people. Countless people long to make a difference, yet they don't realize that opportunities to make a difference are everywhere. By thinking globally and acting locally, you can make a difference this holiday season in the lives of families...

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My Transformation From Grinch to Tiny Tim

(1) Comments | Posted November 20, 2013 | 3:06 PM

Growing up, Christmas was a time of excitement and anticipation. I waited all year to see if I received the gifts I had asked for with such careful thought about the different ways I would put this gift to use, even though it remained untouched, under my bed after February....

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