Ana Sophia FuentesSchool: Mount Hebron High...

STUDENT STANDOUT

January 15, 1995

Ana Sophia Fuentes

School: Mount Hebron High School

Hometown: Ellicott City

Age: 17

Ana, a senior, has been involved in several multicultural projects at Mount Hebron. She has been a Multicultural Living Skills Unit Student Adviser/Facilitator and an African-American History Assembly speaker. She has participated in an Asian Culture Assembly as a dancer and model and entertained in the Multicultural Festival. She has been a host for a weekend exchange of foreign students.

Ana has been on the honor roll for three years, has been a member of the French Club for four years and the Spanish Club for three years. She ran outdoor track in ninth grade. Ana joined the National Honor Society in 11th grade and now is head of its Tutoring Committee. She was a member of the French National Honor Society.

At Mount Hebron, Ana was involved with the Student Learning Conference in 10th and 11th grades, was a Festival of the Arts contributor, Week of Excellence speaker and a Junior Statesman of America.

She also has participated in Students for Environmental Awareness and the American Field Service. Through the AFS, she traveled last year to Colorado for a ski trip and will go to Orchard Park, N.Y., next month.

Ana participated in the National Institutes of Health High School Biomedical Program and is a peer tutor. As a junior, she participated in the Gifted and Talented Enrichment Fair and the University of Maryland at College Park Leadership Conference. She worked with students at St. John's Lane Elementary School as a mentor.

As a sophomore, she was a guide for freshman students and participated in a conference on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.

Outside of school, she volunteered at a church carnival, was a Vacation Bible School teacher assistant and helped with a fund-raiser for the Hospice of Howard County.

She is a member of the mentor program at her school, and her mentor is a general surgeon. Ana has seen surgery performed and, as a final project, plans to research and write a paper on "Technological Innovations and the Gradual Change from In-Patient to Out-Patient Surgical Care."

Ana's parents are Mario and Gloria Fuentes. She has two brothers, Sergio and Mario.

Plans: Ana plans to attend a four-year college and pursue premedical studies, then obtain a medical degree and specialize in surgery. She has applied to Brown and Georgetown universities, University of Virginia and others.

Her comments: On her multicultural experiences, Ana said the extracurricular activities provide a break from her studies.

"I like people, and my participation in the assemblies helps people to learn about different cultures," she said. "I think it's really important to learn about others so you don't stay closed-minded."

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