The CSCE Teen Board

Brand new in 2019 — the Teen Board gathered 26 high school students from across Indiana to come together and advocate for pediatric cancer research funding.

Over the last year, our first Teen Board has:

  • helped to raise money for underfunded pediatric cancer research
  • worked with teens from schools across Central Indiana
  • gained leadership skills
  • gained experience planning and executing fundraising events

Meet these incredible students...

Max Melrose, Chair

Hello! My name is Max Melrose, and I am the chair of the Caroline Symmes Teen Board. I am a senior at Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School. I spend my free time playing varsity basketball and golf at school along with participating in clubs such as Tatum’s Bags of Fun, Peer Academic Counseling club, and Social Justice club. I am also a member of National Honors Society. I wanted to be on the Teen Board to honor my best friend Caroline, and to make a difference for the future of children with pediatric cancer.

Megan Long, Vice Chair

Hello! My name is Megan Long, and I am the vice chair of the Caroline Symmes Teen Board. I attend Park Tudor School and am currently in my junior year of high school. Outside of school I spend most of my time training and performing with a competitive dance company, volunteering at the Indianapolis Zoo, being apart of my school’s Model UN program, and spending quality time with my friends, family, and most importantly, my dog. I am very proud to be apart of the Caroline Symmes Teen Board because of all the phenomenal work that the Symmes family has done to raise both funds and awareness for pediatric cancer in our community. I have faith that with a little hard work and a lot of heart the Teen Board will be able to further the Endowment’s message and create change for pediatric cancer patients and their families.

Sawyer Husain, Treasurer

Hi! My Name is Sawyer Husain, and I am a sophomore at North Central High School. I am the treasurer of the Teen Board, Treasurer of Student Council, editor of my school’s newspaper and yearbook, member of my school’s Track and Field Country teams, as well as the Environmental Club and World Travelers Club. I have been involved in service from a young age, and helping others has always been a core value of mine. When the opportunity to join the Teen Board came to me, I simply could not pass up such an amazing opportunity to help others and be a part of something larger than myself. Since working with the Teen Board, my eyes have been opened to a whole new level of philanthropy. The incredible impact the Caroline Symmes Endowment has on the cancer community is astounding; it has immensely strengthened my desire to contribute to vaulable causes.

Khloe Young-Neawedde, Secretary

My name is Khloe Young-Neawedde and I am a junior at Franklin Central High School. Besides serving as the CSCE Teen Board Secretary, I’m the Student Council president, volunteer through Key Club, work in my school’s radio station and Special Education Program. I joined the Teen Board because the work being done helps change lives for pediatric cancer patients, and I am proud to be apart of the cause. The CSCE has given me great experiences, and I love seeing the impact this organization has for the pediatric cancer patients at Riley.

Katie Watson

Hello! My name is Katie Watson, and I am currently a senior at Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School. I am on the marketing committee for the Caroline Symmes Cancer Endowment Teen Board. I joined the Teen Board because I wanted to be a part of an amazing cause to help raise money for pediatric cancer. This Endowment means a lot to me because I have cystic fibrosis. I love being able to see how much people care for children who are struggling, and I wanted to help spread awareness.

Alexis Calvert

Hi! My name is Alexis Calvert. I am currently a senior at Carmel High School. For my last four years I have heavily been involved in Student Government and Dance Marathon and have found a true passion in serving others and supporting the kids and families at Riley Children’s Hospital. Through Dance Marathon I was lucky enough to meet the Symmes family and learn their story. I wanted to help make a even bigger impact with my efforts, and join in on their fight, which is what led me to joining the Teen Board. I’m lucky to serve on the Fundraising Committee for the Teen Board. Outside of school and the Teen Board I enjoy being around kids and being a part of clubs such as Best Buddies and Unified Sports. I’m so lucky to be a part of the Teen Board and this amazing journey during my high-school career.

Isabella White

My name is Isabella White, and I am currently a senior at Carmel High School. On the Teen Board, I serve as a social media committee member. Outside of the Teen Board, I am an editor for my school’s newspaper, the events coordinator for Rho Kappa Social Studies Honors Society, a member of Carmel Mayor’s Youth Council, a waitress at Bub’s Burgers and Ice Cream, and a member of Cabinet, a service-based branch of student government dedicated to helping the kids at Riley Children’s Hospital. I first became involved with the Caroline Symmes Endowment through Cabinet as some of our events benefit this Endowment. I am passionate about service and feel so grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the Teen Board and to work for such a worthwhile cause.

Caroline Benton

Hi! My name is Caroline Benton. I am currently a senior at Carmel High-School. Throughout these four years of high school I have been involved in Student Government and Dance Marathon and have found a true passion supporting the kids and families at Riley Children’s Hospital and doing anything I can to help others. Through my student government group I was lucky enough to meet the Symmes family and learn their story from a tailgate we host to benefit the Symmes Endowment. I was inspired to help make an impact, and join the battle against pediatric cancer. I was so excited to get involved when I found out about the Teen Board. I’m proud to serve on the Marketing Committee for the Endowment. Besides being apart in the Teen Board and student government through my school, I love being around kids! I’m so honored to be a part of the Teen Board and be a part of something much bigger than myself and get these life experiences at such a young age.

Delaney Weddle

My name is Delaney Weddle, and I am currently a senior at Carmel High School. At the high school, I am involved in student government as part of Cabinet. Our role is to put on a variety of activities, including the Carmel Dance Marathon, which is our primary fundraiser for Riley Children’s Hospital. I am also a member of DECA, a GKOM, and I work as a hostess at Sangiovese. I am very passionate about helping others and I dedicate much of my free time to serving others. My first introduction to the Caroline Symmes Endowment was through our school’s homecoming tailgate that Cabinet conducted to raise money for the Endowment. Seeing the amazing work the Endowment is doing inspired me to be on the Teen Board. I love being a part of this Endowment, and look forward to helping grow awareness for its cause!

Izzy Brandt

Hello! My name is Izzy Brandt, and I am a senior at Carmel High School. I am involved in Cabinet, a group who runs our Dance Marathon, as well as National Honor Society and Photography club. I am thrilled to be apart of the Caroline Symmes Cancer Endowment Teen Board because it is an amazing opportunity not only to work with other young adults that are passionate about this cause, but most importantly to raise awareness for children like Caroline and to hopefully find a cure. I am very grateful to be apart of this incredible team to work for an even better cause.

Sophie Sinder

Hello! My name is Sophie Sinder, and I am a junior at Carmel High School. I am apart of the Merchandising Committee. I am involved in numerous clubs within Carmel High School and enjoy volunteering around the community. I became apart of the Caroline Symmes Teen Endowment because Caroline had such a profound impact on my life as we had grown up together. Losing Caroline meant finding a cure. I am so incredibly passionate about this endowment and am so honored to be apart of it.

Lauren Wolcott

Hello! My name is Lauren Wolcott, and I am a senior at Carmel High School. I am apart of Cabinet at the high school, which organizes the Dance Marathon, as well as many other events for Riley Children’s Hospital. Outside of school I enjoy spending time with friends and family. Ever since I heard Caroline’s story I have wanted to make a bigger impact by joining the Teen Board, in hopes that one day a cure is found. I am apart of the Fundraising Committee and am so grateful to be apart of this Teen Board!

Anna Gummere

Hello! My name is Anna Gummere, and I am a senior at Danville Community High School. I am involved in numerous clubs at my high school including Student Council, NHS, BPA, The Crew, and The Mob. Outside of school I dedicate my time to organizations such as the Shared Blessing Food Pantry, Caroline Symmes Cancer Endowment, OMM, and GLA. I wanted to be a member of the Teen Board because I wanted to find a way to give back and promote awareness to a subject that hits close to home. As a Riley kid myself, being a member of the Teen Board means so much to me because of what the Caroline Symmes Cancer Endowment stands for. Raising awareness and fundraising for a cause through Riley Children’s Hospital has always been a dream of mine and I am beyond grateful to fulfill it through the Caroline Symmes Cancer Endowment.

Haylee Gosnell

My name is Haylee Gosnell, I am a senior at Franklin Central High School. I applied to the Caroline Symmes Cancer Endowment Teen Board because I wanted to make a difference. The Endowment does just that, from raising money to raising awareness for pediatric cancer and research. Outside of the Endowment, I volunteer at my church and lead kindergarteners, I am the president of my school’s National Honor Society and the president of my school’s top mixed show choir FC Singers. I believe that the Endowment can make a difference, and I am honored to be apart of that.

Meggan Dew

Hello! My name is Meggan Dew. I attend school at Franklin Central High School. I am a sophomore this school year. On the Teen Board, I am a member of the Fundraising Committee. Some extra curricular activities I participate in are Riley Dance Marathon and choir. I am co-president of Riley Dance Marathon! I am in an all-girls advanced concert choir. I wanted to be on the Teen Board because I love Riley Hospital so much, and it’s another opportunity to raise money for the kids! Riley is a huge part of my life and has a huge impact on my family. I love doing all I can to help the kids at Riley Hospital. The Caroline Symmes Endowment Teen Board is overall just another amazing experience to grow in a leadership position and helping the children that need it!

Keneisha Still

Hello! My name is Keneisha Still. I am currently a sophomore at North Central High School. I am one of the varsity managers for the North Central Women’s Basketball Team, and I also throw shot put and discus for North Central’s Track and Field Team. I wanted to be on the Caroline Symmes Teen Board to bring awareness to pediatric cancer. Not to mention, being on the Caroline Symmes Teen Board is an amazing way for me to give back to my community. I am truly grateful for this marvelous opportunity to be a member of the teen board.

Lucy Neal

My name is Lucy Neal, and I’m a sophomore at North Central High School. On the Teen Board I’m the co-chair of the Fundraising Committee. I’m involved with show choir, theatre, and student council. I joined this endowment because I am incredibly passionate about helping people. I have a family member who is a cancer survivor, and I’m honored to do what I can to help other kids.

Delaney Moore

Hello! My name is Delaney Moore, and I am a part of the Merchandise Committee on the Caroline Symmes Teen Board. I am currently a junior at North Central High School where I spend most of my time managing football, playing soccer, and running track. Being on the Caroline Symmes Teen Board has not only been a memorable experience but a true honor. I am beyond grateful to say that I am a part of something that can change others lives. Over the years the Symmes have raised both funds and awareness for pediatric cancer in the community, and with the help of the Teen Board, I believe we can help change lives beyond community lines.

Emma Vermilion

Hello! My name is Emma Vermilion, and I am currently a sophomore at North Central High School. Outside of school I enjoy participating in numerous clubs such as Best Buddies, Student Council, and World Travelers Club. I also enjoy spending time with my friends and family. I’m honored to be working with the Caroline Symmes Teen Board because of the amazing goals the Endowment has set, as well as the ways in which they strive to achieve them. I know that with hard work and determination the Teen Board will be able to reach a wider audience and further the organization’s goals, helping to create change for those with pediatric cancer, as well as their family members.

Lillian Greenlee

Hi! My name is Lillian Greenlee, and I am a senior at North Central High School. I am involved in tennis, French Honor Society, National Honor Society, and I am also the president of one of our top show choirs! It has been so great meeting other high schoolers in Indiana that share the same desire to create change and bring awareness to the lack of pediatric cancer research. I’m really appreciate the Symmes family for giving me this opportunity!

Phoebe Aaron

Hi! My name is Phoebe Aaron, and I am the Chair of the Merchandise Committee. I am honored to be apart of the Caroline Symmes Teen Board, and I’m insanely grateful to take part in changing lives for the better. I admire everyone who plays a role in raising money and spreading awareness for ending pediatric cancer. Currently, I am a senior at North Central High School. I am the founder of a club called Assist a Sister, captain of the women’s tennis team, and member of National Honors Society.

Elizabeth Wallentine

Hello! My name is Elizabeth Wallentine, and I am a junior at University High School. I am an avid rower for the Indianapolis Rowing Center, and I have hopes of rowing in college. I am the co-chair of the Fundraising Committee for the Caroline Symmes Cancer Endowment Teen Board. I have a passion for being a part of something bigger than myself, and that is what the board is to me. I had a good friend of mine who passed away of leukemia during my eighth grade year and that really impacted me. Ever since then I was wondering what I can do about it to make it better for other kids. I look forward to working hard on future projects and making a difference in someone’s life. We have a lot of great ideas and it is my goal to help make them a reality!

Ronelle Dorant

Hello! My name is Ronelle Dorant. I am part of the Fundraising Committee on the Caroline Symmes Teen Board. I am currently a sophomore at University High School. At school, I am part of the school’s student council called “Stewardship,” help with University community event planning, and manage the volleyball team. I also spend a great deal of time with my school’s Black Affinity group, where my classmates and I meet to discuss community issues and grow in our bonds with one another. I decided to join this organization because I believe my passion is helping people and trying to make a difference in others’ lives. I think that I am accountable for people’s lives — meaning in all that I do, I should try to make a positive impact. I believe that joining this organization will help me make a difference in others’ lives. I am so thankful for the opportunity to be part of this organization.

Rachel Shore

My name is Rachel Shore, and I am a Sophomore at Park Tudor High School. I enjoy spending my time writing and traveling. I serve as a member of the marketing committee for the Caroline Symmes Teen Board. I applied to be part of the Caroline Symmes Teen Board after having several influences in my life lose their fights to pediatric cancer. This board has presented me with a platform to raise awareness about the thousands of children who have stories similar to Caroline’s. I believe that together we are able to make an impact on the pediatric cancer world and find many more advances in research.

Drew David

Hello! I’m Drew David, and I am a senior at Carmel High School. Throughout the past couple of years at Carmel, I have been involved in helping first-year students become acclimated to the new environment at the high school by being an AVID mentor. I also spend a lot of my free time at Cancer Support Community, helping make dinners and hosting parties for those who are going through a hard time. I’m very fortunate to be apart of the Caroline Symmes Cancer Endowment Teen Board because it’s a fantastic opportunity to work with others that are also passionate about this cause and, most importantly, to raise money for pediatric cancer.

Lillian Millspaugh

My name is Lilly Millspaugh. I am currently a senior at North Central High School. I am the President of the National Honor Society chapter at my school, as well as the President of North Central Symphony Orchestra. The Teen Board felt like a really great way to help the community, specifically families in need of support and research for their children with pediatric cancers. The Teen Board is everything I could have imagined. At every event, I know I’m making a difference in the lives of children who need it the most. It has helped me realize the importance of community outreach, as well as the power of teamwork. Every person on the Teen Board gives me hope for a better tomorrow, not just in the field of pediatrics, but the world.