Aiyana comes from Bloomfield, New Mexico. Through her involvement in local 4-H and FFA programs, she has a wealth of experience caring for animals. She especially loves horses and goes for trail rides around her hometown as a way to connect with the beauty of the desert. Aiyana has been dancing seriously for several years and loves the freedom of self-expression which comes with it. She is a member of the Navajo Nation and a registered Girl Scout. Aiyana aspires to pursue a career helping others through physical therapy.
Chloe lives in Fredericksburg, TX, where she stays active by running, playing sports, and volunteering at her local animal shelter. Though growing up in a small town has so far presented limited opportunities to explore the world, Chloe is constantly pushing her self and recently traveled from sea level to 12,000 feet to complete a 17-mile hike in the Rocky Mountains. She shares a love of art with her family and hopes to attend Colorado State University to study wildlife biology or range ecology.
Guadalupe (Lupita) hails from Denver, CO. She strongly believes that art and music have the power to inspire and unite people, and she strives to maintain a supportive setting in which all voices can be heard. Sporting a fearless attitude about new experiences, Lupita hopes to join the Peace Corps and work towards a career in medicine while remaining dedicated to taking care of the people she loves.
Jessi is from Davison, North Carolina. Having been diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, she once spent an entire year in a wheelchair. She now coaches and competes in track and field. Jessica loves dance, photography, and gardening, and she sometimes expresses her love through baking. She takes great care of the people in her life and aspires to one day service in the Applied Sciences division of the U.S. Air Force.
Miauaxochitl (Mia) lives in Aztec, NM, a high desert town through which the Animas River flows. Last year, her team won the Lexus Eco-Challenge with their research on the Gold King mine spill in the river. Mia has seen the Mendenhall Glacier up close in Alaska and can make art out of nearly anything around her. She loves to read and learn new things and is not afraid to shatter preconceived notions.
Molly lives in the Rocky Mountain town of New Castle, CO, surrounded by animals. Having spent her life in an alpine environment, she excels at running and swimming at high elevations. Molly loves music and horses and has practiced the art of clogging for years. She hopes to pursue a career in kinesiology or physical therapy, where she can combine her interests in science, physical activity, and art.
Originally from the rustic, mountainous Chiapas near the Guatemalan border of Mexico, Naima now studies in a small boarding school in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Naima comes from a family of independent thinkers and is no stranger to the arts; she is proficient in film photography, studio arts, ceramics, and dance. After graduation, she hopes to continue dancing, studying environmental science, and being immersed in new experiences.
Taliyah hails from Silver Spring, MD, not far from our nation’s capital. Her diverse interests include, but are not limited to, rock climbing, coding, theater, paddling, and squash. She speaks fluent Spanish and her favorite animal is the Giant Panda. Taliyah is passionate about environmental issues and hopes to study earth sciences after graduation.
Yareli lives in the city of San Diego, CA, though she possess deeper familial roots in the beautiful, rugged terrain of Oaxaca, Mexico. She is known to be warm and caring, and a leader in her community. Deriving peace from both urban settings and wild places, Yareli is a talented painter, baker, and basketball player. She aspires to pursue a career in which she can continue helping others.