Name: Maria Peeples
Hometown: Appleton, WI
Occupation: High School Student and GSA President
Why I Found Her at The NEM:
For Maria, the March should be important to anyone who cares about equality. Even though I spoke to her before the March had actually started, she had already had a busy weekend. The day before, she had spoken at one of the Youth IMPACT events and participated in one of the Flash Mob events, where individuals froze in a public place displaying symbols and scenes of equality.
As a young person, she finds the impact of young people inspiring. As the President of the Gay-Straight Alliance back in Appleton, WI, she is already developing the leadership skills she needs to make a difference. Clearly, given her involvement at the March, she already is making that difference.
What She’d Change in America:
Education. It might not be surprising that a young person would be concerned with the state of education in the country, but what’s important is that nobody would know better than a person actually in our nation’s schools. Maria thinks fixing up inner-city schools is an important priority, as is “getting teachers where they need to be.”
Maria is a wonderful example of the outspokenness of young people, and she knows the only way her generation can bring change to our country is if they have the best educational opportunities we can provide them.
Maria’s courage and leadership should be a motivation to us all.