Youth Recognition

Shining Stars

EFI has a history of recognizing young people affected by epilepsy. One special person, between the ages of 5 and 12 years, represents the youth in our state as EFI’s “Winning Kid”. Two students entering or continuing on with college are awarded annual scholarships. Also over the years, a teenage leader is selected as the state’s representative for the Public Policy Institute’s “Kids Speak Up” program.

Winning Kid

Claire Davis

2009-2011 Winning Kid

We proudly recognize “Winning Kids” between the ages of 5 and 12, and feature them at every special event we sponsor. These outstanding young people show a strong desire to represent the EFI as “ambassadors”, and they are comfortable and charismatic in front of cameras and microphones!  Ultimately however, our Winning Kids are champions in their struggles with epilepsy, and deserve to be honored for their activities as spokespeople on behalf of the Foundation. As an added bonus, our annual Camp Spirit! Family Camp is made free to each year’s Winning Kid, along with their entire family. Here is what we look for in our selection:

  • Direct involvement in promoting epilepsy awareness at events held throughout the year
  • A willingness to share their personal story and how it relates to overcoming challenges caused by epilepsy
  • Taking the opportunity to interact with various media outlets (as requested)
  • Interacting with and inspiring other young people in their journey with epilepsy!

Winning Kid Recipients

Year Recipient
2009 – 2011 Claire Davis
2008 – 2009 Sam Gottsch
2007 – 2008 Billy Lasater
2006 – 2007 Jane Janzer
2005 – 2006 Jane Janzer
2004 – 2005 Tiger Mingo and Jakob Sears
2003 – 2004 Cody Lumley
National Winning Kid
2002 – 2003 Cody Lumley
2001 – 2002 Austin Schmitt
2000 – 2001 Krishelle Amlin
1999 – 2000 Cody McNitt
1998 – 1999 Justine Streeby

Jane Janzer

2011 Kids Speak Up Representative

Public Policy Institute/Kids Speak Up Representative

Jane Janzer currently represents our state as the “Kids Speak Up” Representative. Jane, along with EFI’s Debbie Snow, met this year with Senator Mike Crapo to discuss the need for funding for epilepsy.

Education Scholarships

Two scholarships were established in memory of two men who lost their battle to epilepsy. Their families wished to honor their memory with a college scholarship. Lucy Garcia was the recipient of the Mark Music Memorial Scholarship.

Congratulations to our Shining Stars—each a bright light of inspiration in our community.