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Name:  David Ortiz

University: Arizona State University, W.P. Carey School of Business

Major: Business Management

Quote:  “When I have completed my degree I plan to start my own business and invest everything I can from my business back into my community."

Name:  Sophie Marquez

University:  University of Arizona

Major: Business Management with a Minor in Chemistry

Quote: “I currently own a small jewelry business called VerSo Trends and I work as a Federal Work Study student at the University of Arizona Office of Financial Aid. I am in charge of social media which helps me in my marketing skills.”

Name:  Travis La Macchia

University: Northern Arizona University

Major: Environmental Economics

Quote: “I'm studying Environmental Economics with the hopes that I can work somewhere that strives to protect the natural world. I grew up at the end of a canal in Florida where the currents would move what seemed like infinite trash into my backyard. I would clear the trash with my dad, but the trash was never-ending. This exposure to pollution inspired me to earn a degree that I can use to solve problems that are close to my heart. Additionally, in Florida I lived a 30-minute drive away from Kennedy Space Center. I remember climbing on the roof with my family and watching rockets blast off to resupply the ISS. Witnessing these incredible feats of technology inspired me to earn a degree that gives back to humanity, similarly to how space travel gives back to all of us.

Name: Michelle Rascon

University: Arizona State University

Major: Business Communications

Quote: “I am currently a junior majoring in Business Communications, and my GPA is 3.53. I have completed 15 credit hours at Arizona State University and 70 at Estrella Mountain Community College. My goal is to complete my degree at Arizona State University with honors and continue my education by obtaining my master's degree. While attending school I have been involved in volunteering for the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce by assisting in the Annual Bud Shootout, Black and White Ball, and Power of the Purse event. I have also dedicated my time in volunteering at two non-profit organizations such as the Arizona Humane Society and St. Vincent de Paul. I am also involved with the Hispanic Business Students Association at Arizona State University. I plan to continue engaging in school clubs and volunteering in the community..”

Name:  Joseph Lara

University: Arizona State University

Major: Computer Information Systems

Quote: “I was born and raised in a small town called Casa Grande. At a young age I was involved in my education through extra-curricular activities and sports. I graduated from Casa Grande Union High School and graduated from Central Arizona College. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family, going to the gym, listening to music, and playing video games. I intend to graduate from Arizona State University with Bachelor's degree in Computer Information Systems. My overall dream is to open up my own fitness gym and give back to my local communities through events and charity work.”

Name: Jazmin Murillo

Quote: “I am a student, server, and volunteer. I take interest in hiking, music, and traveling. Some interesting things about me are that I love to longboard, I can drive stick-shift, and I graduated from community college with my Associate's Degree two weeks before earning my high school diploma.”

Name: Guillermo Gamez

School: Arizona State University

Major: Technological Entrepreneurship and Management

Quote: “I am currently a senior at Arizona State University, majoring in Technological Entrepreneurship and Management. Before attending ASU, I completed my associates degree at Cochise College. The goal is to start my own business or be a start-up member before completing my degree. I work part-time as a Data Analyst Intern for the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and help my dad run his business on the weekends. In my free time, I enjoy playing sports, going to the gym, reading, and spending time with my family."