Thursday, June 3, 2010


New York, June 3— For many years, PARADE has honored outstanding high school athletes with its All-America distinction. Many of those PARADE All-Americans have gone on to stellar careers in pro football, basketball and soccer. PARADE also has a long history of highlighting important social issues, documenting creative community programs and recognizing the extraordinary efforts of ordinary people who endeavor to change the world.
This year, for the first time, PARADE decided to shine the All-America spotlight on outstanding high school students who are changing their communities through service. David Sanchez, 18, from The Prairie School in Racine, Wis., has been named to the First Team in the Economics category for his work on Job-Link Racine, an organization that helps homeless and at-risk teens find work.
PARADE partnered with the national youth-service organization The LEAGUE—with special recognition by the U.S. Department of Education— and invited PARADE readers to nominate students in five categories: economics, the environment, education, community, and health. Later this month, the 15 winners will be honored at a special ceremony in Washington, D.C., sponsored by the ING Foundation. “Their entrepreneurial spirit is inspiring,” says Education Secretary Arne Duncan in this Sunday’s issue of PARADE. “These young people are our future leaders.”
David appears on the cover of the June 6 issue of PARADE with fellow All-American Jessica Markowitz of Seattle and actor Matthew McConaughey, whose JK Livin Foundation (it stands for “just keep livin’ ”), encourages inner-city high school students to improve their physical and mental health through exercise and teamwork and make positive choices in their lives.
See exclusive video of Matthew McConaughey’s photo shoot and watch him speak about the importance of service at

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