Courtney Pisano, Enloe Magnet High School, Raleigh, NC
“Most of the things worth doing in the world had been declared impossible before they were done.” Louis D. Brandeis
In the 10th grade, Courtney decided to bring her dream of breaking a world record into fruition. She hoped to create the world’s largest Post-it Note mosaic in order to raise at least $2,000 for children in foster care. After securing a location in the local mall, Courtney coordinated with corporate sponsors, held a silent auction for donors, gathered volunteers, and met with local media. She secured a total of 7 corporate event sponsors, 10 corporate silent auction sponsors, and 91 volunteers, many of whom were mall shoppers. The group finished their mosaic of 44,000 Post-it Notes just minutes before their deadline, breaking the previous world record of a 38,400 Post-it Note mosaic. Courtney’s efforts raised $5,191 for the 1,451 children residing in the Methodist Home and the Masonic Home. She has raised over $13,000 in fundraising events. Courtney, a two-time Gold Presidential Volunteer Service Award Winner, is the vice president of the International Thespian Society and the service head of the National Honor Society.