- Posted by linkdmedia
- On February 9, 2017
AAPLE senior Cole Kurth was honored as Goleta Teen of the Year runner-up. Kurth has a wide range of interests as well, including poetry, theater, Mock Trial, singing and Kids Helping Kids. The nonprofit organization is run by students and helps children in need locally and abroad. Kurth leads fundraising teams and received a grant of $78,400 from State Farm Insurance to help the program expand. He’s also the outreach chairman for the AAPLE Academy — the Accelerated Academic Program for Leadership and Enrichment — at San Marcos, tutors students in Santa Barbara’s Westside neighborhood and volunteers at the Unity Shoppe. His dream is to become a Disneyland Imagineer so he can create rides and other park amenities. Economics teacher Jaime DeVries, who created Kids Helping Kids 13 years ago, said Kurth has the academic acumen, selfless heart and overall spirit that is willing to conquer any challenge, happily.