Patch readers have spoken, and West Islip student and P.S. I Love You Founder Brooke DiPalma was named West Islip Patch's Person of the Year for 2012.
In just a year, DiPalma has transformed from a West Islip High School sophomore to bullying and suicide prevention activist.
Following the death of her father in 2010, DiPalma created a YouTube video expressing a simple message to those suffering from depression: You are not alone. Within days, the clip went viral.
She also started a P.S. I Love you Facebook page, which now has more than 2,000 followers. DiPalma continues to spread her message of love and kindness.
Schools throughout the area are preparing to celebrate the second P.S. I Love You Day on February 8.
Also, let's give a shout out to Thea Waters, Erin Kelly, Marisa Penna, Shannon McKeefery, Amber Kortwright, Catherine Herzlinger, Jillian Danielle, Riley Wallace, Sandy Marahaj, Cayla Romano, Nicole Rich, Franki Dorfman and Charlize Mathews of Troop 2250, and Chris Hillier. They followed DiPalma closely in the voting.