The Youth Action Film Festival prides itself in being a youth-led organization. Here are the beautiful people that make it all possible.
Matthew P: President
Matthew Plawecki is currently a sophomore at New Tech High @ Coppell. He is active in clubs such as Model United Nations, PBS Student Reporting Labs, and YAFF. Matthew is very involved in the Coppell High School Band as a clarinet player and has received multiple Division I ranking awards in solo competitions. He is also an Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America program. In addition, he received the “Rookie of the Year” award for the 2017-2018 school year. As president of YAFF, Matthew wishes to continue building the program as a way for the voices of youth to be expressed and heard by the world.
Annie B: Vice President
Annie Brandenburg is a Sophomore at New Tech High @ Coppell. She is actively involved in sports and clubs. At school, she is in YAFF, People for Paws, and the Coppell Competitive Shooting Team. Annie is the Vice President of People for Paws, and Secretary of the Coppell Competitive Shooting Team. She recently received Learner of the Month. Annie is excited to be the Vice President of YAFF and interact with people online through social media!
Cesar S: Secretary
Cesar Saenz is a junior at New Tech High @ Coppell. He is currently involved in clubs including YAFF and the school’s chapter of PBS Student Reporting Labs. Cesar has an interest in video making, filming, and editing, and possesses an array of skills to help make products that spread a positive message throughout New Tech. He is excited to serve as the secretary of YAFF this year.
Jordan M: Treasurer
Jordan Mundhenk is a Sophomore at New Tech @ Coppell. She firmly believes in the importance of self-expression and that everyone should be allowed a voice. She is involved in many organizations including, Yearbook, Best Buddies, Special Olympics, Interact, and is an officer of LLC. Being involved in these many organizations has taught her responsibility. She is excited to use these talents and skills throughout the year for her officer position, treasure.
Melanie H: Public Representative
Melanie Hernandez is a Sophomore at New Tech High @ Coppell. She is involved with clubs like YAFF, PBS Student Reporting Labs, and a section of the Community Service Club named Helping the Homeless as well as president of a new club she started called AML (Alliance of Multicultural Learners). She is also on the Coppell Cowgirls Basketball Team. Melanie hopes to keep working with these clubs throughout high school.
Paige P: Immediate Past President
Paige Patton has always been enthusiastic about youth having a voice in their world. As the past president of her school’s chapter of PBS Student Reporting Labs, she encouraged her peers to share their opinions on the issues around them. During her two terms as YAFF president, Paige hoped to create a program that she and her peers are proud of, and create a conduit for students to connect and share their voices to the world. For her final year in YAFF and serving as Immediate Past President, Paige wants to aid incoming members in building and growing YAFF as much as possible.
Mrs. Bence: Sponsoring Teacher
Janelle Quintans Bence currently facilitates English in a blended Humanities class at New Tech High @ Coppell in Texas. She has vast experience with English Language Learners and has taught for sixteen years in both urban and suburban school districts. She is an active teacher-leader at both local and national levels and has presented at many national conferences such as NWP, NCTE, and SITE. Her passion is teaching writing and offering her learners authentic learning experiences where they have opportunities to make meaningful changes in the world.
Mrs. Saucier: Sponsoring Teacher
Mrs. Saucier received a Bachelors of Business Administration in Marketing from University of North Texas (UNT) and is currently pursuing her Masters of Education in Teaching through UNT. She comes to New Tech @ Coppell as a new facilitator this school year after spending almost eight years working in the corporate world; climbing the ladder from entry level to management. She also has had experience running a primarily social media based small business. Mrs. Saucier has a real dedication to preparing students for college and careers through authentic learning experiences and business partnerships. She utilizes her own past experiences and partnerships as well as feedback from other companies to guide her lessons. She facilitates a Digital Media course at New Tech @ Coppell for all Freshman, covering such topics as graphic design, filming, editing, and creating digital portfolios.
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