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Refe and Susan Tuma
Refe and Susan Tuma
Gender: Couple or Team
Focus: Parent
Reason: X-Ray Vision
Story:

Refe and Susan Tuma have put real magic into many people’s lives, and apparently what they started is rippling outward and will continue to do so on its own. The Tuma’s “discovered” that November is actually Dino-vember, when plastic toy dinosaurs come to life during the night! Not only do children have a lot of fun finding the evidence (dinosaurs tend to make messes and are frozen in place when daylight returns), but surely the parents have a lot of fun making it possible.


Linden Wolbert
Linden Wolbert
Gender: Female
Focus: Entrepreneur
Reason: Creative Solution-izer
Story:

What’s an avid snorkeling, scuba-diving, and free-diving woman to do when for 3 years at a 9-to-5 office job she “[I] was just daydreaming over every single lunch break about being in the water and among the fish"? Well, why not transform herself into a real-life mermaid and make a living doing shows and educating people about her beloved ocean? Well, why not?


Yao Ming
Yao Ming
Gender: Male
Focus: Society Builder
Reason: Demon-Fighter
Story:

Yao Ming is credited with significantly helping to slow the slaughter of sharks for just their fins. Yao Ming was born in Shanghai, China, and grew to become a 7 foot 6 inch and 300 pounds basketball player. In 2002 he signed with the NBA team Houston Rockets. He stayed with the Rockets until 2011, when he was forced to retire because of foot and ankle injuries. During his career he was named to the All-NBA Team five times. But that’s not what caught our attention.


Tavi Gevinson
Tavi Gevinson
Gender: Female
Focus: Entrepreneur
Reason: What mean this word, "can't"?
Story:

At age 11 Tavi Gevinson started a popular blog and soon become a name in the international fashion industry. Yes, age 11 – that is when she started her fashion blog for “tweens.” Two years later she was the cover story of Pop magazine. Two years later – now at age 15 – she launched another site for teenage girls (Rookie) and within five days had over 1,000,000 page views. She may be young, but she is a force to be reckoned with. And that’s not just within the fashion industry.


Tami Duckworth
Tami Duckworth
Gender: Female
Focus: Society Builder
Reason: Musketeer ("One for all . . ." )
Story:

Tami Duckworth called attention to people who are abusing the government system at the expense of disabled veterans. Tami Duckworth was: - A Black Hawk helicopter pilot; - One of the first women to fly combat missions in Iraq; - Shot down by enemy fire, resulting in the loss of both legs and partial use of her right arm; - Appointed by President Obama in 2009 to be the Assistant Secretary of Veteran Affairs. Tami Duckworth is: - A Lieutenant Colonel in the Illinois Army National Guard (she declined military medical retirement); - The U.S.


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