Maxwell Surprenant is a journalist and activist. He worked as a Scholastic Kid Reporter for 3 years and Sports Illustrated Kid Reporter for 1 year. He won two National Medals in the 2018 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards- Journalism and Essay/Personal Memoir. His short film, "Catching Joy: The Impact of Giving Back," won Honorable Mention in the White House Student Film Festival. Maxwell serves as the Co-Founder and Creative Director of his own non-profit, Catching Joy, Inc., which promotes volunteerism beginning with kids, teens, and families. He's won several national awards for service including John F. Kennedy "Make a Difference" Award, The Gloria Barron Prize, Peace First Challenge Prize, Lady Gaga's Born This Way "Channel Kindness" Award and GenerationOn's Hasbro Community Action Hero. During his free time, Maxwell enjoys reading, drawing, singing, playing sports, traveling, and cooking. He attends the St. Sebastian's School in Needham, MA, where he served as Editor of THE DART, his middle school newspaper.