Max Nibert, an agnostic activist and creative from Huntington, W.Va., received the $5,000 Richard and Beverly Hermsen Student Activist Award. He gained notoriety following his initiation and orchestration of a walk-out at Huntington High School over a religious revival sermon held on campus with students forced to attend. He is a lead plaintiff in the FFRF lawsuit against his school. Max is proud to claim his Appalachian upbringing as a driving force behind his political and humanitarian passions. With these passions in mind, he has not committed to an institution of higher education or a specific career path, opting instead to travel, create, and see who or what needs him most.