A West Hartford high school graduate is gaining national recognition for her contribution to her community. As a 15 year-old student at Conard High, Micaela Connery founded Unified Theater, a Hartford-based, student-led theater group for students with and without disabilities.
Eight years later, and now a college graduate, she serves as the full-time Executive Director. Last month Connery was selected from more than 600 national organizations as one of five Do Something Award Winners by DoSomething.org, a national nonprofit based in New York. The group honors individuals 25 and under who represent the pivotal "do-ers" in their field, cause, or issue.
“This is a tremendous recognition for the contributions of each and every Unified Theater student leader and the over one thousand participants and alumni,” said Connery. “We’re excited about this national recognition and hope it will inspire even more students to start Unified Theater groups in their schools and communities.”
As a top five winner, Connery received a $10,000 grant for her organization, but that number can multiply by ten. She is now in the running to win a $100,000 grand prize. The winner will be announced live from Los Angeles on VH1 July 19th. You can help her out by voting for her here.