INSPIRATIONAL INFLUENCERS: MCSD'S Role modelS of the week

Jonah Larson

Jonah Larson is a 13-year old crochet phenom who has gained worldwide recognition for his creations. He began crocheting at the age of seven to calm his mind. In addition to crocheting, he excels academically, having completed a high school-level honors geometry course at the age of 12.

Guion Bluford Jr.

Guion Bluford Jr. is an American aerospace engineer, retired U.S. Air Force officer and fighter pilot, and former NASA astronaut. He participated in four space shuttle flights between 1983 and 1992, becoming the first African American to travel to space.

Gina Rodriguez

Born to Puerto Rican parents, Gina Rodriguez grew up in Chicago. She became an actress, appearing in "Law & Order" and "10 Things I Hate About You." She owns a production company- "I Can and I Will Productions" - where she focuses on roles that celebrate young Latinas and her cultural background.

Sonia Sotomayor

Sonia Sotomayor is known for being known as the first Latina to serve as a Supreme Court justice. She is of Puerto Rican descent. She graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University and earned her law degree from Yale University's School of Law.

Storm Reid

As an ambassador for the nonprofit Children Mending Hearths, 16-year-old Storm Reid speaks out against bullying and encourages kids to channel their creativity into something productive. The "Euphoria" star uses her platform to spread positivity and even started her own production company.

Shawn Mendes

Musician Shawn Mendes is extremely active in championing children's education. Through his #BuildASchoolWithShawn campaign in 2015, her raised more than $25k to build a school in Ghana. In 2018, TIME magazine honored him as one of the most influential people of the year.

Carol Lake

Raised by a single parent in a coal mining community in London, Carol Lake is now the managing director and co-head of marketing at JP Morgan Chase & Co. "One obvious solution to unlocking the full potential in society is to improve the overall quality of education," she says.