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Notre Dame sophomore inspires on International Women's Day

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Thursday, March 7, 2024   

A Hungarian-born girl who grew up in Terre Haute is reminding Hoosiers only they control their destiny - by sharing her inspirational story in celebration of International Women's Day.

Long before Cheyenne Stewart found her stride in school, she felt alone, bullied and shy.

She was not alone. Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2021 found 57% of U.S. teen girls reported feeling persistently sad or hopeless.

However, Stewart found her place of belonging - and more importantly she found her voice, when she joined her high school's Key Club.

"I started getting used to feeling like a lone wolf who was just managing things on their own," said Stewart. "Key Club really was the first safe haven that I experienced getting me past day-to-day school experience to working for a much bigger cause."

Stewart found refuge in Key Club, a student-led, non-profit organization.

Her star quickly rose from being a new member to overseeing operations for more than 100 Key Clubs in Indiana, and embodying the spirit of International Women's Day.

Stewart learned firsthand the transformative power of community and resilience, when she was elected one of 13 students on the Key Club's international board of trustees.

"Twelve of us were women, selected by about 2,000 people, at the international convention," said Stewart. "It's a testimony to show how impactful women can be for an international perspective as well."

Stewart's impact extends far beyond her leadership roles. She helped start a program to underscore the importance of intergenerational connections by pairing Key Club students with elderly people in Terre Haute.

A program which continues today.

Stewart is currently a sophomore at the University of Notre Dame where she continues to emphasize the importance of finding similar people and embracing leadership potential.




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