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Asha Goyal is already making a difference in her community. She represents 22,000 constituents in Los Angeles as the youth representative on the Olympic Park Neighborhood Council, where she votes on local ordinances, drafts community impact statements on policy recommendations, votes on discretionary grants, organizes community events and helps allocate the council's $42,000 annual budget. As a member of the Mayor's Youth Council for Climate Action and the LA City Youth Council, Asha drafted policy and budget recommendations on water pollution, permeable pavement and green streetscapes. She earned recognition from Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti for her community council work.
The valedictorian of Immaculate Heart High School, Asha is an AP Scholar with Distinction and California Girls State delegate. She received a National Merit Scholarship Letter of Commendation and awards from the California Math League and California Scholarship Federation. Asha captained the Science Bowl team, leading weekly practices and preparing the team for the annual Los Angeles Department of Water and Power Science Bowl. She served as vice president of the student council, planning the first annual senior sunrise, starting a class Instagram account and leading meetings on financial literacy. As president of the Earth Club, Asha worked to reduce food waste on campus and eliminate plastic packaging from the cafeteria. She captained Immaculate Heart’s varsity tennis team, building a cohesive culture by encouraging players to strategize as a group and support each other on and off the court. Asha earned First Team All League, Most Valuable Player and Team Leadership awards.
Asha works at the Hollywood Bowl as an usher and led a four-day spiritual retreat for 60 students as a Kairos leader. She tutors elementary students at Alexandria House, a shelter for families escaping domestic violence, and prepares meals for low-income families at the Regis House Community Center.
Asha will study political science at Yale and is considering a career in public policy.
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