2019 Winners

1st Place 

Angela Zhong, Cypress Woods High School, Cypress, Texas

Angela Zhong is a junior at Cypress Woods high school and is fortunate enough to be named one of twelve World Schools Ambassadors for the USA Debate Development Team from 2018-2019. She is also the Debate Captain at her school and regularly places in the Top 10 at State and National tournaments in Lincoln-Douglas debate. Her understanding of philosophy through debating about moral dilemmas enabled Angela to become a finalist for the American Philosophy Olympiad as well. Additionally, she competes in FBLA, where she championed Texas in Financial Mathematics and Business Communications, placed second in Website Design. Outside school, she is involved with Rotary International in the Greater Houston Area and enjoys figure skating and reading the news in her free time. 

2nd Place

Carl Friesenhahn,  Liberal Arts and Sciences Academy, Austin, Texas

Carl Friesenhahn is a sophomore at the Liberal Arts & Science Academy (LASA) High School in Austin, Texas. He is involved in Boy Scouts, where he is an Eagle Scout and a Junior Assistant Scoutmaster. Carl is in National Honor Society and is a technician in LASA’s theatre troupe, where he builds, paints and runs shows. In the heart of life’s liminal moments, he looks forward to creating a meaningful future in college and beyond.

3rd Place

Irisa Reyes, Arlington High School, Arlington, Texas

Irisa Reyes, 17, is a junior at Arlington High School. Irisa is in the top 2% of her class, represents the varsity golf team, studies medical classes at the career training center, and is a member of the National Honor Society.  Outside of school, she enjoys volunteer work at park clean ups, Cook Children’s Hospital, and Mission Arlington. Irisa has created a community walking club supporting the blue zones to help bring awareness to heart health. Upon graduation, Irisa hopes to pursue a career in the medical field as a pharmacologist.

Honorable Mention

Ethan Estrada-Stroud, Liberal Arts and Sciences Academy, Austin, Texas

Ethan Stroud is a sophomore at LASA High School in Austin, Texas. He enjoys spending time with my family, reading books, and running track. At school, Ethan is in Diversity Council and the National Honor Society. He also volunteers at Zavala Elementary in a Life Skills classroom and will be working with the Latinx Archivist at the Austin History Center. Ethan is committed to his community and the written word, and, while he is excited for the future–when he hopes to study psychology and anthropology—he is savoring every moment of his present.