NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. - After spending a week in Aspen this summer with some of the nation’s best and brightest, New Rochelle High School senior Ana Acevedo continues earning accolades for her work in the classroom and community.
Acevedo was the guest of honor at the 14th annual Women of Excellence Dinner, where she was awarded the Young Leader of Tomorrow Scholarship by the New Rochelle Chamber of Commerce for her “academic achievement and commitment to serving the community.”
At the event, Acevedo was also recognized for her contributions to the development of the annual Latino Youth Leadership, the foundation of the Book Club at the high school and her commitment to education as the co-founder of a Summer Science Enrichment Program at Columbus Elementary School.
The Youth Leader of Tomorrow Scholarship includes a $2,500 award presented by the Zaukas family.
Earlier this year, Acevedo and New Rochelle High School House II Principal Camille Edwards-Thomas were chosen among 24 of the nation’s top high school students and educators to join six members of the African Leadership Academy in South Africa at the annual Ideas Festival hosted through the Bezos Scholars Program.
Each year, a total of 30 Bezos Scholars are selected to participate in the program, where they attend panels, participate in leadership training programs and enjoy meet-and-greets with famed Festival speakers. Previous attendees include Supreme Court justice Sandra Day O’Connor, Katie Couric and violinist Joshua Bell.
“The week I spent in Aspen provided me with new views on difficult topics, a wonderful network of inspiring individuals and ‘big ideas,’” Acevedo said. “I feel extremely fortunate to have been a part of it all.”