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Rachel Ruiz

April 2008

Rachel Ruiz is an outstanding student of Cuban descent who is dedicated to making a difference in her school and community of Miami, FL. When Rachel arrived in the United States four years ago, she did not speak English and was required to take ESOL classes. Rather than becoming discouraged by this turn of events, Rachel excelled in her courses and soon became an Honors and AP student on her way to graduating Summa Cum Laude.

Due to her own experiences with entering a new country, city, and school, as well as having to learn a new language, Rachel has committed herself to working with other students required to enroll in ESOL classes. To this end, Rachel has organized the ESOL Festival, which provides an opportunity for students to promote the traditions and cultures of different Latin American countries, at her high school for the past three years.

In light of the many undocumented students enrolled at her high school, Rachel has taken the initiative of advocating for immigrant issues and has gotten involved with SWER (Students Working for Equal Rights). She has lobbied at the local and state level for the Dream Act and in-state tuition for undocumented students.

Rachel’s favorite quote is “Be the change that you want to see in the world” (Gandhi). This is the quintessence of her community involvement and service. Rachel’s commitment, dedication, and abundant service distinguish her as a CHCI Young Leader of Today.


Past Young Leaders of Today

Daniel Hernandez Jr.
Imelda Cortez
Amy Lara
Michael Diaz
Veronica Hernandez
Armando Raul Mendez
Higinio Turrubiates, Jr.
Rachel Ruiz
Amanda Barboza
Raven Medina
Ana Rosa Martinez
Eugenia (Gina) Murillo
Jesus Alcala
Brenda Lizzet Lopez
Elena Carolina Svetlana Arciniega
Rene Octavio Valenzuela
Rosangela Serrano Morales
Danielle Alvarez
Sarah Diaz
Yaima Gonzalez
Isaac Guillermo Lara
Angie Lizeth Cruz
Veronica Pozas
Kendrys Vasquez


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