Jordyn Schara of North Freedom, a 17-year-old senior-to-be at Reedsburg Area High School, is one of 22 outstanding Americans selected by Coca-Cola to travel to Oxford, England, next week to carry the Olympic Flame in the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay.
Schara is one of 10 teenagers chosen for the run.
The run will take place in Oxford July 9-11, as part of the 70-day relay that began in the United Kingdom on May 19.
She will join a group that includes figure skater Michelle Kwan, swimmer Summer Sanders and fitness icon Jake Steinfeld of Body by Jake.
Each of the torchbearers has shown creativity in helping make a difference around the world. Schara founded Wisconsin Prescription Pill and Drug Disposal (P2D2) to help communities safely dispose of medicines, in order to prevent teen prescription drug abuse and avoid water contamination.
Schara has mentored students and communities nationwide to start their own programs. Overall, the program has helped to collect more than 600,000 pounds of drugs for disposal.
The teens will be joined by Olympians and thought leaders from six national health organizations who have made strides in the fields of health and science.
“Coca-Cola helps inspire leaders by validating their hard work. Carrying the torch in the London 2012 Olympics is an opportunity of a lifetime and I will be forever grateful,” said Schara, who also has founded groups such as HOPE (Helping Our Peers Excel) and others.
“Being able to represent my country and motivate others to make a difference in the world is thrilling.”