“Volunteer work is about giving up your time and energy for something without expecting anything back in return. The greatest reward of this project is seeing the smiles on the faces of the children at the clinic.”

Age: 18

School: Attending Southern Methodist University this fall; graduated from University Laboratory School in May.

Parents: Paul and Catherine White Johnson


Book: “Hatchet”

Music: Country

Movie: “The Godfather” (the first movie)

TV show: “Suits”

Role model: His dad

Hangout: The hunting camp

Extra: During his senior year in high school, Johnson organized a storybook drive for the children served by the Baton Rouge Speech and Hearing Foundation. The foundation provides communication therapy for pre-school aged children. Johnson publicized the drive by creating a display with a Red Flyer wagon, and asked students, teachers and parents to “Fill the Little Red Wagon with Books.” More than 600 were donated. Johnson sorted through and catalogued the books according to subject, author and age level. Those written for older children were donated to the Shenandoah Elementary School library. Johnson delivered all others as well as the red wagon to the foundation. Therapists are using the books in sessions at the clinic, and the wagon is being enjoyed on the sensory playground. In school, Johnson was active in the Key Club, Mu Alpha Theta and the school choir, having major roles in school musicals annually. His hobbies include hunting and fishing.