Hailing from Southie, Thomas White has constantly been involved in his community. As a coach of both basketball and track for local youth, his interest in Public Service has stemmed from this love of coaching. In 2016, Thomas was an intern for State Senator Linda Dorcena Forry, and this was where his interest in government began. This opportunity, provided by the South Boston Neighborhood House, sparked Thomas’ understanding of what government really did, and how crucial local government is. Seeing how much influence everyday constituents have, screening their calls and meeting with them in Southie and Dorchester, really lit a spark under him. He wanted to inspire citizens for change, just like he did as a coach for the youth of Boston. Thomas still coaches, and hopes to find places to volunteer in Lewisburg, PA, where he will be continuing his academic journey at Bucknell University, as a Posse Scholar. He will also be a member of their Division 1 Cross Country and Track and Field teams. Thomas was the captain of Boston Latin’s Cross Country, Indoor Track, and Outdoor Track teams, he was an 8-time Dual County League All-Star, and he was named the Andrew Puopolo Male Student Athlete of the Year for 2020-2021. Throughout his senior year, Thomas was one of three students covered by WGBH in their program Covid and the Classroom, where he journaled his struggles dealing with the normal stresses of senior year, that were amplified by the pandemic.