Momlogic's Greatest Grad Search is almost complete! We loved reading about all the wonderful candidates you nominated -- so many wonderful teens helping to make our future look so bright! Thanks, moms, for participating and nominating!
Truly, every grad was great, and we wish we could make everyone a winner. Whittling down the list of names was tough, but our judges worked hard, reading all of the applications and analyzing each nominee -- and finally narrowing it down to five outstanding grads.
Meet our Greatest Grad finalists and vote on who should walk away with tons of great electronics, dorm goods and fabulous items from Organize.com.
School: South Plantation High School, Plantation, Fla.
Nominated by: his mother, Marsha
Jake is an outstanding teen working to make the planet a healthier place. Before his father passed away, he left Jake with a lasting impression of the beauty of the Everglades. Ever since, Jake has been studying the ecosystem, volunteering for environmental organizations and charity events and teaching others about the importance of the fragile Everglades. His mother salutes his optimism and caregiving qualities, and he stands by his mother in her fight against breast cancer. This fall, Jake will be attending Nova Southeastern University.
School: Notre Dame Preparatory, Pontiac, Mich.
Nominated by: her mother, Erainer
Ena transferred to Notre Dame Prep from a public high school two years ago, entering their International Baccalaureate Program and maintaining a 4.1 GPA. Sadly, she lost her 17-year-old brother to heart disease three years ago. Her grace in dealing with that tragedy has inspired others: It never stopped her from tutoring students, volunteering or continuing with her passion, art illustration. This fall, Ena will be attending Kendall College of Art and Design.
Nominated by: her mother, Bushra
Madiha exemplifies not only what it means to be the best in your school and community, but also the best at home. She is actively involved in student government and volunteers at her public library, encouraging kids to read and get ahead in their studies over the summer. At home, she teaches her siblings Arabic and encourages them to follow in her footsteps and go to college. Madiha will be attending Anne Arundel Community College in September, where she'll study premed.
School: Evangel School, Alabaster, Ala.
Nominated by: her mother, Susan
When it comes to school spirit, this girl's got it! Active in cheerleading and dance, Sarah has been a homecoming court representative, honor student, class officer, youth leadership representative ... and so much more. When her school closed just weeks before her senior year (due to financial problems), Sarah didn't let it stop her from completing all her credits -- while still being her grandfather's primary caregiver. This fall, Sarah plans to attend the University of Alabama, where she will pursue undergraduate degrees in criminal justice and political science. She intends to go to law school.
Broderick C. Anderson
School: Darlington School, Rome, Ga.
Nominated by: his mother, RuthAnne
Despite growing up suffering from heart diseases, undergoing heart surgery at 16 and having to miss numerous days of school, Broderick has never let his health be an excuse. Instead, he has always chosen to make the most of his life -- graduating at the top of his class, actively volunteering for youth soccer teams and becoming accomplished at the piano. Broderick has never thought of volunteering as "work," but as "the thing to do and the place to be." He will be studying engineering and computer science at Carnegie Mellon University this fall.