Lesley grew up appreciating her lively, Latino community, but dismayed by the strain of defeatism she witnessed. With a positive relentlessness, she applied for and was accepted to the best high school in Chicago. Described as a natural born leader, Lesley was a student council senator, president of the Latino club and president of the Red Cross club. She was also a member of the All City Orchestra for 3 years, comprised of the most dedicated and talented musicians in the city. She graduates with a 3.95 GPA.
A teacher said of Lesley: “Lesley is a role model for many of our younger Latino students who often struggle to feel accepted by the larger student population. Ultimately, Lesley conducts herself with such maturity and compassion that the entire student body, regardless of race or ethnic affiliation, admires and respects her.”