Gage Crispe

5:47 PM, Mar 15, 2011   |    comments
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Student co-coordinator Gage Crispe oversees this team of more than 100 students who reach out to new students, sick students, local families who have lost a loved one, and other schools that experience tragedy.

Gage's engagement in the program began two years ago during a defining moment marked by tragedy.

"At the end of my sophomore year, one of my closest friends committed suicide," Gage said. "B.I.O.N.I.C. helped me to cope with my loss, to know there are other people out there who care about me and care for me and who I can go to for anything."

In addition, Gage is a student ambassador for the Second Wind Fund which supports youth at-risk for suicide.

With other students, Gage has put together two fundraisers raising several thousand dollars. Money from those fundraisers helps provide suicide-prevention resources for students who are in crisis.

For those reasons, he was named one of this year's 9Kids Who Care.

"I feel we were put on this earth to help other people. Not just benefit ourselves, but to benefit other people here as well," Gage said.

(KUSA-TV © 2011 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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