Addie McDonough Hedda Hövel

Addie McDonough is a rising senior at Montgomery Blair High School just outside of Washington D.C. In addition to playing field hockey and lacrosse at her school, Addie participates in marches and local political campaigns in and around the capital city. During the summer she works with special needs children in their school program.  She speaks French, enjoys cooking and is thrilled to participate in the Brilliant Minds Conference.

Hedda Hövel is a student at Viktor Rydberg Gymnasium, outside of Stockholm. She is active in the Model European Parliament, with a focus on security and defense. She encourages more young people to engage in politics, both domestically and on a global level. After she finishes high school next year, she wants to go abroad and study international politics. Hedda is a big soccer enthusiast and used to be a host for a sports show on public radio. Now, she works as a coach for an aspirational team of young girls. She sees herself as a leader, now and in the future.