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Velasco selected for national recognition

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Hendersonville area student Jessica Velasco has received national recognition as one of just five students in Nashville and 225 students nationwide to be selected as 2017 Bank of America Student Leaders - a summer youth employment initiative that connects community-minded high school juniors and seniors to employment, skills development and service.

As part of this recognition, Jessica completed a summer internship with the Oasis Center and NAZA Teen Explores, where she prepared students for higher education through mentoring and college enrichment workshops, a role Jessica embraced because it allowed her to work through her passion for community activism and advocate for minority first-generation college students, like her. Last week, Jessica and the other Nashville students traveled to Washington D.C. to participate in a student leadership summit along with Student Leaders from around the nation.

Jessica graduated from Hume Fogg High School where she was an active member of Science Olympiad, Model United Nations, National Honor Society, National French Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta National High School Mathematics Honor Society and the Oasis College Connection Youth Advisory Board. Her experiences have even taken her abroad through a three-week medical internship in Ahmedabad, Gujarat.

This fall, Jessica will attend Columbia University, where she plans to study biophysics and computer science to pursue a career in biomedical engineering.

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