She receives a $1000 scholarship and over the next couple months she will be working with Maricopa Community Colleges to refine her essay and interview skills to compete to be Arizona’s Youth of the Year for all of the state’s Boys and Girls Clubs.
To be win this honor she had to submit an extensive application, write two essays, and be interviewed by a panel of five judges.
This award is typically reserved for junior or senior students, but the panel found her story intriguing and the 150 hours of community service in just her first year of high school, significant.
Maria is a member of Wilson’s Student Government, and is a Freshmen Mentor.
She plans on attending the University of Washington to become a veterinarian.