Ayden Mekus is a part-time actor, model, social media influencer, full-time teenager, and loves playing sports. His main message is having “positive vibes while spreading kindness.”
Natalie Taste is a food and beverage social influencer. She is the founder of “YourInnerFatGirl.” Since the launch of “Yourinnerfatgirl,” she has made a name for herself with over thousands of followers and “Fat Girls.” Due to the success of “Your Inner Fat Girl,” Natalie has been featured on BuzzFeed and co-hosted local radio shows in the city. She has also been featured on many panel discussions regarding entrepreneurship and branding. Things aren’t slowing down for her. She is currently working on a few projects in NOLA and gearing for the creatives of the culture and food of NOLA.
Besides being the future USA National Miss Illinois Jr Teen of 2022, this talented preteen has made an impact at such a young age. Kerry Koranteng is 12 years old and in 7th grade. Her hobbies include reading a good book, doing ballet, making lip gloss to help children in need, and donating towards her shoe drive initiative. Overall helping other people, in general, is her passion.
Jeremy Melloul is a passionate individual looking to make a change by helping others become sober and share the journeys of other people, including himself. He is the founder of his own clothing brand MOLT. He is proud to be sober for 14 years.
Jarred Madison Frey is a thirty-two-year-old podcaster diagnosed with bipolar disorder at only eighteen years of age. He started his podcast broadcasting and shedding light on his journey with bipolar disorder, covering all its layers, with the purpose of letting even one person relate, feel seen, and think of themselves as less lonely on their journey with mental illness. Frey did not let bipolar disorder define him nor limit him in life, even with all the disadvantages that have come across him.
The earliest moments of the Hero Round Table began with Matt Langdon teaching character to kids at a YMCA in the early 2000s. Becoming a camp counselor was such an enjoyable experience that it became a routine part of Matt’s life for twelve years. It was an experience that “completely changed my life” according to him.
Foster Care Reform Advocate and Professional Track and Field Athlete Steven Benedict is an Olympic Qualifier and winner of prestigious invitationals nationwide. Steven Benedict’s path to success is all the more remarkable given his early abusive childhood with his biological parents forcing he and his brother to be placed in the Foster Care System. After spending some time in foster care, eventually he and his brother were adopted by wonderful parents, but then precipitously ended when his adopted parents both died prematurely.
Jay Jackson, aka Laganja Estranja, is a passionate individual who is never not busy as a choreographer, music artist, Cannabis advocate, LGBTQ+ icon and an overall queen! As a trans individual, she has truly learned more about herself through expression and her passions. After discovering her true self, she wants to help others by advocating trans rights and the expression of oneself. She was best known on television shows such as RuPaul’s Drag Race on season 6 as well as seasons 15 and 16 of “So You Think You Can Dance.”
Rohini Moradi is the face behind the Magic Inclined community. Her internal, investigative adventure led her to share her inner world with others through the Akashic records. Her purpose is to show how unique and special every individual is and to embrace it fully.
Amy Pinder is the executive director of Accessible Festivals, a non profit that is dedicated to making music and recreation accessible to people of all abilities. She is also a speech language therapist with a private practice that focuses on combining recreational activities to make learning and improving communication skills a whole lot of fun.