Strengthening Democracy: Chloe Patzloff

The Lincoln Northeast High School Student is honored as our 2024 Young Civic Leader for modeling activism, engagement, and advocacy at her school.

Civic Nebraska’s annual Strengthening Democracy Awards recognize Nebraskans who embody the spirit of a more modern and robust democracy. Our 2024 honorees include educators, administrators, students, and everyday Nebraskans. We’ll officially honor the winners on June 27, but before then, here’s a chance to learn more about what makes them special. 

Chloe Patzloff
Civic Nebraska honors Chloe Patzloff, a Lincoln Northeast High School student, as the 2024 Young Civic Leader for modeling activism, engagement, and advocacy at her school.
The Young Civic Leader Award is given annually to a Nebraskan under 25 who is not waiting to make an impact and knows that people of all ages can – and should – make positive change.
As a member of Northeast’s student council, Chloe consistently demonstrates strong leadership and a deep commitment to serving her peers, said Malinda Jean Baptiste, who, with Cheyenne Hartshorn, nominated Chloe.
“Her ability to listen actively, communicate effectively, and collaborate with others has made her an invaluable asset to the student body,” said Jean Baptiste, a counselor at Northeast. “Chloe’s natural inclination towards conflict resolution and mediation has not only been beneficial within the student council but has also extended to her role as a peer mediator, where she has helped resolve various conflicts among her fellow students with empathy and tact.”
Chloe has also led several projects through the school’s Feminist Collective, which has focused on providing access to personal hygiene products in well-traveled areas of the school. She also has hosted a visit from Lincoln’s mayor to her classroom to discuss local issues such as gentrification and food deserts.
“You won’t find Chloe’s name in the news. Much of her leadership can go unnoticed, as she leads behind the scenes,” said Hartshorn, who teaches social studies at Northeast. “But her passion is apparent, her drive is inspiring, and her will is unstoppable.”
Chloe also has led an initiative to design an independent study class focused on her involvement with the Nebraska Legislature, where she testified, met with state senators, and pressed for legislation related to women’s rights and the LGBTQ+ community.
“Chloe has identified the topics about which she is passionate and is not afraid to protest, meet with state legislators, testify at hearings and partner with organizations to get involved in making her voice heard,” Jean Baptiste said.
A dedicated student, compassionate leader, and proactive community member, Chloe’s academic achievements combine with her involvement in student council, peer mediation, and legislative advocacy to speak volumes about her character – and her capabilities, her nominators said.
“Chloe will continue to excel in all her endeavors and make a significant impact in the years to come,” Jean Baptiste said. “She is just getting started when it comes to being civically engaged.”
Meet Chloe and her fellow honorees at Strengthening Democracy Awards on June 27.

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