Mira Loma High School, Sacramento
Anthony may call Sacramento, California, home, but he has left his heart in the Philippines. The child of first-generation immigrants, Anthony visited his parents’ hometown of Iriga City for the first time in 2007. Upon being introduced to the Ilian Tribal Settlements, located on the outskirts of Iriga City, he was struck not only by the level of poverty in the area, but by the incidence of water-borne illnesses among the residents. When he returned home, he and a group of students started the Ilian Water Project. Together, they raised money for 300 water pasteurization indicators, enough for almost every family in the tribal settlement. As a result of this project, and the latrines built by volunteer engineers, the incidence of water-borne disease in the tribal settlement is now half of what it was in 2007. Anthony plans to pursue a career working to aid communities like the Ilian tribe through public health policy, engineering, or medicine, continuing the development of proper sanitation and civic infrastructure.