Meet the students leading the Student Gun Violence Summit:
Alex Riginos, St. Anne Catholic High School c/0 2019
My name is Alex Riginos, and I am a senior at St. Anne Catholic High School. I serve as Co-Chair to the Girl Up Teen Advisor Class of 2018-2019, transitioning into this leadership role after successfully serving as Teen Advisor from 2017 to 2018. As a passionate changemaker and activist, I have dedicated myself to advocating on behalf of, fundraising for, and empowering all girls everywhere. In addition to my advocacy for girls, I have served as a driving force for the conversation on gun violence in America by coordinating and participating in the March For Our Lives in my local community.
Angelica Almonte, Lynbrook Senior High School c/o 2019
My name is Angelica Almonte and I am a senior at Lynbrook Senior High School in Long Island, New York. I am most passionate about gender equality/equity and have previously served as a Teen Advisor for the UN Foundation’s Girl Up campaign. Gun violence is a serious issue in America that all Americans, regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, should be well knowledged about. I’m excited to work with other student-activists in order to create the change we wish to see in the world!
Antonina Messina, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School c/o 2019
My name is Antonina Messina and I am a 17 year old Senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. On February 14, 2018, the unthinkable happened at my school. I would have never thought that my school would be victim to this heinous act. Now, I am working towards spreading awareness on gun violence to make sure nobody has to experience what me, my classmates, and community faced that day.
Ariana Ali, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School c/o 2019
My name is Ariana Ali. I’m 17 years old and a junior at MSD. On February 14th, my life changed forever as 17 people at my school were murdered. Ever since then I’ve dedicated myself to the fight to end Gun Violence in honor of those lost. I got involved in a non profit organization , Students for Change, which is based on respectful discussion and educating students across the America on issues facing them, like gun violence.
Carly Chier, Noblesville High School c/o 2019
My name is Carly Chier, and I am a senior at Noblesville High School. On March 14th, I walked out of my English class in remembrance of the seventeen lives lost at MSD. A couple months later I hid in the corner of that same class as SWAT ran through the halls of my school. After the shooting that took place at Noblesville West Middle School, a group of Noblesville students started an organization called Let’s Talk Change, where we hope to make schools safer through gun education and awareness.
Chanice Lee, Fort Lauderdale, FL c/o 2019
My name is Chanice Lee and I am a 16-year-old Senior, activist, author, speaker, and blogger. I’m the author of Young Revolutionary: A Teen’s Guide To Activism. I’m also the Creator & Editor-in-Cheif of The Melanin Diary which is the number one online global platform for social justice, history, politics, and more, written from the Black teen’s perspective. I’m on a mission to change the world and I’m passionate about creating change!
Connor Deitrich, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School c/o
My name is Connor Dietrich, and I am a 17 year old senior at Marjory stone man Douglas High School in Parkland Florida. The shooting that took place at my school killed my swim team captain Nick Dworet and 16 other classmates and teachers. Since then I have been working tirelessly as a Co-Founder of students for change to try and create an effective way to end this gun violence epidemic.
Diego Garcia, Mansueto High School c/o 2020
My name is Diego Garcia, I’m a junior at Mansueto High School and a Latino student from Brighton Park, a community in the Southwest side of Chicago. I organized 50 students to travel to D.C for the March For Our Lives. These students and I are now part of a group called “Fuerte”, a part of a bigger organization called “Chicago Strong.”
Gabrielle Cosey, Lincoln High School c/o 2019
My name is Gabrielle Cosey and I am a senior at Lincoln High School. I am a 16 year old activist currently living in Portland, Oregon, but I have lived all across the United States. I primarily work in gun violence prevention, focusing on the lives of black and brown youth. I am a co-chair on Oregon Youth for Gun Reform, a board of director on The Bus Project, and my high school’s Black Student Union co-president. I am super excited to work with everyone on this summit and ready to make some change!
Isabella Pfeiffer, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School c/o 2019
Jack Macleod, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School c/o 2019
My name is Jack Macleod. I am 17 years old, and a senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Following the massacre in our school, I co-founded a 501(c)(3) nonprofit (www.StudentsForChange.com) along with several of my classmates. We believe that true progress can be made by Engaging in Discussion, Examining Facts, and Recommending Action.
Jaxon O’Mara, Great Mills High School c/o 2019
My name is Jaxon O’Mara and I’m a senior at Great Mills High School. On March 20th, 2018 there was a fatal shooting at my school. Every day since, and every day from here on out, I fight for 16 year old Jaelynn Willey and the rest of my community. I will not stop fighting until I am sure no other community will have to go through what mine did.
Jordan Gomes Newtown High School c/o 2021
My name is Jordan Gomes. I am 15 years old and a rising sophomore at Newtown High School. Since freshman year I have been working with the Junior Newtown Action Alliance to promote gun control and to raise awareness about gun violence within our nation.
Keaton Connor, Marshall County High School c/o
My name is Keaton Conner. I am a 17 year old senior at Marshall County high school. Since the shooting at my school on January 23rd, I have been advocating for safer schools. Organizing with students for student safety, march for our lives, and the Prichard Committee Student Voice Team. I and my fellow organizers are working to create safe schools in our area.
Lily Morse, The Villages High School c/o 2020
My name is Lily Morse. I am 16 years old and a junior at The Villages High School. Last year, my brother’s school and my former middle school was faced with serious and disturbing threats to harm students with guns. When I fully realized the effects of gun violence in America and listened to the stories of survivors, I knew I couldn’t be silent anymore. In 2018, I organized March For Our Lives The Villages along with some of my peers to acknowledge the effects gun violence has had on our society and to advocate for safer gun laws.
Mei-Ling Ho-Shing, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School c/o 2019
My name is Mei-Ling Ho-Shing. I am 17 years old and a senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas. Since February 14th I founded the group S.T.O.R.M (Students Tactically Organizing Revolutionary Movements). A group of African American students at MSD who want to bring about awareness to gun violence in urban communities, and a more local outlook than national.
Munira Alimire, Rochester, MN c/o 2018
Ramis Hashmi, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School c/o 2019
Rosie Silvers, Richard Montgomery HS c/o 2018
My name is Rosie, I’m 18 years old and a recent graduate of Richard Montgomery High School. I use they/them pronouns, and I’m from right outside DC. Previous to this movement, I worked for Congressional Campaigns and the Human Rights Campaign, then after the shootings this winter and spring, I began organizing with my classmates and reaching out to others around the DC area to collectivize student action for gun control. This led me to joining the core organizing team of MoCo for Gun Control, a group of students from multiple schools, and planning the March 14 walkout in DC / rally at the White House and Capitol. Since then, I have stayed involved mostly through trying to push the narrative of gun violence in the LGBT+ community and gun violence as suicide, which I spoke about at the 4/20 DC Walkout.
Sarah Emily Baum, Hofstra University c/o 2022
My name is Sarah Baum, and I am a freshman at Hofstra University. I’m 18, and I’m ready to change the world. I’m co-founder of the March For Our Lives NJ as well as a student journalist with bylines in the New York Times, Teen Vogue and the Huffington Post. I believe gun violence is a symptom of a lack of government accountability— it can be stopped, but our lawmakers are needing to the pockets of the gun lobby instead of the well-being of their constituents. To make a change, we need to work together for a cultural shift in how Americans, and young people especially, participate in politics.
Sawyer Taylor-Arnold, Asheville High School c/o 2019
My name is Sawyer Taylor-Arnold, and I am a senior at Asheville High School. I’m 17 years old and live in North Carolina. I’m passionate about empowering women, and especially how this issue intersects with gun violence/intimate partner violence. I organized my school’s walkout and helped organize another one the day after one of my peers and his mother were killed as a result of intimate partner violence/gun violence. I was a Teen Advisor to Girl Up at the United Nations Foundation, am on the Board of Directors for my regional Women’s March, and was the lead organizer of the WNC Women’s March this year. I’m so excited to work with you all!
Will Smith, Harbor City International School c/o 2020
My name is Will Smith and I’m a junior at Harbor City International School in Duluth, Mn. I got involved with gun violence prevention by being a student leader in my city’s March For Our Lives and connected walk outs. I loved the thrill of being a part of such a big movement, and have continued working on the issue.I’ve also branched out to other movements and political happenings in my area.