Frances Gould has never been known to take anything lightly, whether it is her passion for the environment or a college-level course at New York University.

At the end of her freshman year, she conceptualized a paper recycling program for her high school and spent the following years putting it into place. She developed a proposal, contacted the local sanitation department and asked the school’s endowment fund to pay for recycling bins. Now, the program is in full swing, with paper picked up and recycled on a regular basis.

“This year it is becoming fruitful and we are seeing amazing results,” she said.

Gould, 18, of Valley Stream, revived the school’s environmental club, is a member of the Youth Leadership Forum, a drum major in the marching band and an accomplished French horn player.

Guidance counselor Renae Rotella said Gould has a “zeal for social justice,” and Gould agrees with her. She is involved with the Long Island chapter of the Sierra Club and plans to major in environmental analysis and policy. She said her enthusiasm for social justice started at home.

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“I come from a very politically oriented family, and my grandmother is such a role model,” Gould said. “She is the biggest feminist icon I have in my life.”

HIGHER ED: Gould will attend Kilachand Honors College, Boston University.

FRESHMAN FAST-FORWARD: “I am excited to see diversity, not only by race and nationality, but diversity of mind.”

WHAT MAKES YOU EXTRAORDINARY: “I think I find things I am passionate about and I go all in to either solve a problem or learn about something . . . I’ve tried to bring environmental consciousness to my school.”