Rotary Youth Exchange Student Receives Recognition

Liz RangelDistrict Youth Service Chair Lorena Garza reports that one of our Rotary Youth Exchange students has been selected as one of Charlotte's 30 Under 30 Professionals.

At only 17, Liz Rangel, is already making her marks in Charlotte. I met Liz through the Rotary Youth Exchange (RYE) interview process, and she quickly impressed our team with her personality, accomplishments, maturity, drive, willingness to help her friends and family, initiative and curiosity. So much so, several volunteers started a "GoFundMe" campaign to raise more than $6,000 to partially fund her RYE year abroad that starts this month in Taiwan.

Why Taiwan? In addition to experiencing new parts of the world, she wants to learn Chinese (which would be her third language) to increase her business development. How is she leaving her mark on Charlotte? Look at this partial listing of a few of her accomplishments thus far: Lenovo Scholars Network internship (developed app and business plan to market - for which she won the national competition!); student ambassador at Cato Middle College H.S./CPCC; recently completed her US citizenship; placed in top 48 of national H.S. debate competition; Interact Club; Nat'l Society of H.S. Scholars; LACCC Youth Entrepreneurship Program; CPCC Emerging Leaders Program; speaker presentations at Itology, CIO Forum, Nat'l Academy Foundation and Packard Place "Pitch Breakfast"; finalist for Blue Diamond Award for Student Innovator; winner of Nat'l Center for Women & IT Award for Aspirations in Computing; and she's just getting started.

A few of her additional goals: travel the world, complete her undergrad, MBA and doctorate degrees, and eventually start/build the US' first primarily Latino University. Oh, and she wants to be named to Forbes' "30 Under 30" List by the time she is 26.

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