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“Fear closes a lot of doors. Don’t be afraid unless there's a really good reason to be, like a pack of large, vicious animals.”
Profile: Maryland native Eva Albalghiti describes herself as “passionate and intense, but eclectic.” Eva finds it difficult to devote a lot of time to one thing and instead prides herself on doing many things well. Eva says her family is “amazing” and largely responsible for her many successes so far. “Their support has taught me that I really can achieve almost anything. Right now, I’m trying to learn to relax and appreciate things more.” Becoming a Jack Kent Cooke Scholar “was the best thing that ever happened to me.”
Inspiration: Eva’s mother, Cynthia Nystrom, “has been there for me my entire life.” Eva said she knows her mom is always looking out for her, “but she lets me make my own mistakes. She was my first mentor, inspiration, and friend, and I know I would not be the person I am today without her guidance.”
Aspiration: “I want to make the world better in some way. I intend to work out the details later.”
Making a Difference: In high school, Eva and a few of her friends founded a DC-area organization called LEAP, which is devoted to promoting education both locally and globally. “We run a free homework help service at several local libraries and host fundraisers and supply drives to support international charities. Being a part of LEAP has been incredibly rewarding, and I hope to continue to use education as a tool for the betterment of society.”
Accolades: Eva won both the Intel Science Talent Search (STS) Research Report Badge and the Chatham College Book Award. She is also the recipient of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s 2013 Matthew J. Quinn Youth Leadership Award for her creation of the Learning and Enrichment for Adolescents Program (LEAP) at her high school.
Fun Fact: In lieu of a “real job,” Eva ran an underground cake pop enterprise at high school.
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