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Gentry Junior High School Student Awarded For History Exhibit About The American Red Cross

HOUSTON, TEXAS, FEBRUARY 16, 2012---Most 6th grade students would shy away from a daunting history project which features a worldwide humanitarian organization, but not Kayla Aleman. When tasked with the opportunity to depict a significant historical event, Kayla decided to highlight the history of the American Red Cross and its impact on society. As a result of her hard work and dedication Kayla was awarded first place and the opportunity to complete on a regional level in March.

“When I learned that the American Red Cross is made up of volunteers I knew that is what I wanted my history fair project to be. While doing my research on the American Red Cross I learned that it provides different kinds of help for many people in need,” said Aleman. “I also learned one kind of help it provides is disaster relief. What I found most interesting is that this help is provided all over the world and it’s free.”

“I couldn’t be more proud of Kayla and her first place recognition,” said Phoebe Conerly, Executive Director, Bay Area of the American Red Cross. “She is truly impressive young woman. We wish her the well-deserved success awaiting her at the regional competition.”

The American Red Cross is always in need of volunteers from youth and beyond. There are numerous opportunities for teens to participate in the life-saving humanitarian mission of the American Red Cross. For more information, please visit

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or join our blog at