Ana Ruiz, 20 Latinitas Under 20

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Ana Ruiz

Age: 17
Heritage: Hispanic
Hometown: El Paso, Texas

Volunteer Experience:
Volunteering at nursing homes, working with children, leading art workshops for younger kids, helping out around school, writing for Latinitas Magazine and helping recruit new members for clubs and community activities.

What challenges has she overcome?
She was accepted into a challenging early college high school where she took college courses to earn her college associates degree while still in high school. She managed to juggle her extracurricular activities, schoolwork from both college and high school, an internship, and college and scholarship applications all in one semester. “I know there’s bigger challenges than that out there, but I’m proud of myself for getting through all this and not succumbing under the pressure,” says Ana about balancing school and clubs.
What makes her a leader?
She is the editor for her high school yearbook, which allows her to edit and supervise the work of other yearbook members and make this the best yearbook the school will ever have. She also has been involved in student government. “I also ran for vice-president for the senior class. Although I did not get the position, it was a learning experience to be able to lose gracefully,” adds Ana about her experience in student council.
What extra-curricular activities is she involved in?
She is enjoys creating artwork and is active on campus as a member of yearbook, mock trial, community service organization, the prom committee, the homecoming committee, national honor society, and Business Professionals of America.
How is she a good example and positive role model to other girls?
She managed to get her Associate’s degree at age 16 while completing high school classes, which means she has gone above and beyond by beating the statistics and staying in school. She has been a hardworking and organized student that doesn’t hesitate to help out a friend in need of an English tutor.
What top advice would you share with other girls?
I always try my best in every aspect of my life. From teaching myself how to draw and paint to excelling in my schoolwork, I push myself extremely hard to be good at everything I do. I rarely give up on the tasks at hand, and I think that’s something important to learn early on in life. You can’t just quit when the game gets hard, you have to keep on going.

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