A teen from Jackson is one of 40 finalists being recognized for the impact they've made on their community.
Michael Funkhouser, a senior at Jackson High School who will be attending the University of Michigan in the fall, was nominated as "Youth Volunteer of the Year" as part of Governor Snyder's Service Awards.
In addition to organizing a leaf pick-up event last fall that raised $2,000 for his schools annual food drive and helping out at the local humane society, he also founded a mentoring program that matches seniors with freshman to help them adjust to high school.
His most compassionate act though was when he befriended a special needs student. When Michael was crowned Homecoming King, he gave the crown to Cody Wertzbar, knowing it was his wish to be king someday.
Picture Courtesy: Michael Funkhouser's Facebook Page