Leslie Perez, 20 Latinitas Under 20

Name: Leslie Perez

Age: 17

Heritage: Mexican-American

Hometown: Galveston, Texas

Volunteer Experience:

She is heavily involved in her community in numerous ways. She is the president of Galveston’s Lulac organization youth council #12. She is a church volunteer at Strong Tower Christian church and was crowned Outstanding teen United Southern States 2010 as well as Miss Galveston teen 2011 and Miss Texas Lulac Sweetheart 2010 & 2011. She constantly volunteers in beach clean ups and at the Ronald McDonald house in Galveston.She is passionate about health issues and children’s rights because she has dealt with a health condition herself.

What challenges has she overcome?:

This amazing young lady is diagnosed with congestive heart failure. It is a huge part of her life and one of the main reasons she is as mature and strong. As she has mentioned every single time she talks about her ‘companion’ as she calls her condition she always makes it clear that her companion “limits [her] but does not stop [her]”. She has faced what others can only imagine.

What makes her a leader?:

She is the president of Galveston’s Lulac organization youth council #12. She is a church teacher volunteer at Strong Tower Christian church. She is a student teacher and a part of the program B.E.S.T.T. She is crowned Miss Lulac USA and supports the American Heart Association as a ‘marina’.

What extra-curricular activities is she involved in?:

She is a part of Ballet folklorico from Galveston. She played varsity soccer until a few months ago until she was forced to stop because of her companion. She is a student athletic trainer for the soccer team and student teacher for the program B.E.S.T.T. She loves to read, dance, play piano and sing.

How is she a good example and positive role model to other girls?:

This amazing young lady is not only one of a kind and unique. But beautiful both on the inside and out. She has a saying, “I will be the person I would want to follow” and she sticks with this through everything she does. There is never a banal moment with this girl, her ever present smile and personality just light up the room and take over in an exquisite hard to forget manner. Good grades, outstanding personality, and amazing heart she is the girl you are looking for.

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