Sunnyside High School

In 2015, Danielle Baca conducted an experiment to simulate a test for a genetic disorder during a Joint Technological Education District BioScience 1 class at Sunnyside High School, where students learned the basic techniques used in labs.

Mamta Popat / Arizona Daily Star 2015

A seventh-grade girl I know recently told me about the time she defended a classmate with special needs when other kids started teasing him.

She has a big, sensitive heart that makes me hopeful for the future.💗💗💗

For the last two years around the holidays, I have written stories like that —stories about young achievers and kind kids with big hearts and big goals. 

And since holiday traditions are EVERYTHING, we're bringing it back for a third year. 

To do that, we need you to tell us about the inspirational young people in your life. 

Last year, I met a 7-year-old who gave $300 worth of her allowance and birthday money to her church's homeless ministry. 

Two years ago, I interviewed a teen who volunteered at a senior living facility as tech support. 

These are young people who rise before the sun to feed the homeless and support victims of domestic violence through the court process. 

They don drummer boy costumes to keep history alive at Presidio San Agustín del Tucson and overcome personal sicknesses and disabilities to pursue their dreams.

So much inspiration, so much hope — something we could all use these days. 

I can't do this without your help. Write to me at to tell me about young people — 25 and under — who give you hope. You can nominate someone for simple acts of kindness or for impressive achievements. Basically, who inspires you? 

In your email, please provide your name, the nominee's name,and contact information for both of you. Tell me why the rest of Tucson needs to know about this future star. 🌠