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The Best and The Brightest of 2023



Age 18 | Senior
Queen Creek High School
Queen Creek
Isabella is committed to serving her community through volunteering. Throughout her four years at Queen Creek High School, she spearheaded several events for the Animal Welfare League and Pinal County Animal Shelter, Project Sleep Time, as well as creating care packages for Firefighters.

Her passion to give back started in 8th grade, with her older sister as her role model.

“At the end of middle school, I realized I wasn’t that into sports and wanted to find something to do after school,” said Serrano. “I love animals and wanted to find a place where I could make a difference and help the community. I worked with Animal Welfare League for about two years and then started with the Pinal Animal County Shelter.”

Over the years, she’s organized many drives to collect leashes and pet food to support both shelters. Last year, she collected over 50 canned and dry cat food and 20 leashes for the Pinal Animal County Shelter.

One of the events she’s most proud of is collecting dental hygiene items for underserved populations. In 2020, she sent toothbrushes to underdeveloped countries through Mission: Toothbrush.

In addition, she also helps Project Sleep Tight and regularly collects toothbrushes, books, stuffed animals and blankets for children in foster care and makes care packages with snacks for the local Fire Department.

Isabella says, “More young people should get involved because it’s a great way to learn about your community and find what you are passionate about.”

When she’s not volunteering, Isabella has been involved in the FFA leadership team for the past two years. She runs events for the Town of Queen Creek Parks and Recreation and is an officer for the BioMedical program at Queen Creek High School.

Isabella plans to be a veterinarian one day and continue her passion of caring for animals. She will be attending Penn State University in fall 2023 and looks forward to finding new organizations to volunteer within Pennsylvania.
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