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Biography 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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