Zulaika Quintero Biography by ajizai

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Zulaika Quintero was born in Zacatecas, Mexico June 30, 1986 to Jose I. Quintero and Maria
H. Hernandez. For a better education for his children her father decided to travel the
dangerous road to the land of opportunity, the United States of America, with his 5 children
and wife. “Never give up on anything you truly desire,” her dad tells her, and it is what she
lives her life by today.

Using her father as a guide, Zulaika graduated from Immokalee High School with a 4.6
grade-point-average and No. 4 in her senior class. Through the struggles of working the
fields and keeping up with homework and research papers, Zulaika achieved a full ride to
attend the University of Florida where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in
Telecommunications/Specializing in News and Spanish.

While a student at the University of Florida she learned about leadership through her
involvement in the Mexican American Student Association, where she served as President,
the Hispanic Student Association, and the National Broadcasting Society.

Today, Zulaika advocates for migrant children and families by being the Advocate Support
Assistant to the Redlands Christian Migrant Association (RCMA). Being part of an
organization that provides quality child care and early education for children of migrant
farm workers and rural, low-income families throughout the state of Florida is a great
accomplishment for her.

As a firm believer in education being the key to success Zulaika plans to earn a master’s
degree in Social Work to promote higher education and to be able to set an example for
Latinos and immigrant youth. Those who can see opportunity through adversity have more
to contribute and she truly believes with hard work, dedication, and effort you can achieve
anything you truly desire.

								
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