Ella Paligo

Ella Paligo is always looking for a way to make an impact. She’s currently a senior in high school in Henderson, Tennessee, where she’s equally involved with her school and community. Whether it’s being a key part of her school’s student government, helping incarcerated individuals as they prepare for release, or continuing to advocate for a tobacco-free future, Ella has always been willing to go the extra mile to make the world a better place.

Ella and her friends started a public health group with her friends before eventually joining the Sumner County TNSTRONG Ambassadors — which we recognized with our 2022 Group Youth Advocates of the Year award!

Being as brave and persistent as possible — that’s how you’re going to get somewhere with the change you want to make.

- Ella Paligo