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Ending the global food crisis through the creation of a World Hunger Organization focused on sustainable practices and policies.

“I am not an island.” Zarriea will be the first to acknowledge and appreciate the community of people that have helped her get where she is today and recognizes the necessity of working within a community to make lasting change. She also credits her hard-working parents with being the two most influential people in her life, but despite all of their hard work Zarriea and her family were still homeless for nearly 7 years starting when she was only 9 years old.

Focusing on schoolwork allowed Zarriea to cope with her circumstances and helped her become a more selfless and empathetic person. “As crazy as it is, I am actually grateful for having gone through such adversity. I have learned so much about myself. And now, I intend to dedicate my life to the service of others.” Zarriea will graduate high school with two associates’ degrees and three certifications, but feels that it is ultimately the degree in finance that will provide her with the resources to help other people. Though she aspires to become the Chief Financial Officer of a Fortune 500 company, perhaps her proudest accomplishment will be fighting to ensure that everyone has access to safe, nutritious meals.


  • President, Student Council
  • President, Poetry Club
  • Student Ambassador
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