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The Best and The Brightest of 2024



Age 18
Xavier College Preparatory

Asiana is the co-founder and president of the Arizona Filipina American Student Union. She created the organization to advocate for disadvantaged Filipino high school students in the Philippines.  Last summer, she organized fundraisers and collected over $2,000 in backpacks and school supplies to send to students in Bacolod, Philippines. She partnered with local businesses and restaurants across Arizona to bolster her fundraising efforts.  Additionally, she spearheads monthly events to teach and celebrate Filipino culture in Arizona.


She also holds leadership positions on the Student Council, where she has served for the past four years. She was elected to the Executive Board this year and loves planning school events and interacting with students.  She is also managing editor and Journalism Club Vice President, where she leads a team of 14 staff writers, 6 section editors and 20 freelance writers.


“Perseverance is one of the most important skills as a leader,” said Asiana. “You also have to have self confidence and believe you can do it. I have learned a lot of skills by being involved in various clubs at Xavier.”


In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering at St. Benedict parish and St. Vincent de Paul.  She has been helping both organizations for over a decade and enjoys helping with canned food drives and food distribution events. She holds the record for the longest tenure as a consistent volunteer. On weekends, she is a volunteer tennis coach for children with special needs. 


Asiana has been recognized for her outstanding work in journalism and mock trials.  She wants to pursue an undergraduate degree in journalism and then go on to law school.  

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