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    Editorial | Wednesday, May. 20 1 comment

    EDITORIAL: Future leaders: The best is yet to come
    Over the next few weeks, more than 14,000 students will graduate from Loudoun County high schools. We'd like to introduce you to all of them, such is their achievement.

    They're all potential leaders, as we see them. While we can't write stories about them all, we can provide a glimpse of what's to come. We call them Future Leaders: twelve remarkable students on the fast track to amazing. Later this week, The Times-Mirror and the Claude Moore Foundation will honor them at ceremonies with their families at The Club at One Loudoun. We'd like to introduce them to you now.

    Grant Frazier is 6-foot-6 and played basketball for Loudoun Valley High. Makes sense, right? What many don't know about Grant is he would be just as content composing music for a new song or solving a complex math problem. Grant wants to become a doctor who makes music on the side. “If you have a passion for both, why not,” he says. Why not, indeed?

    Lilly Potter sees herself in some exotic location working on her second novel. The "head of school" at Foxcroft, doesn't lack for confidence. She's traveled to Singapore and Malaysia as a student diplomat, helps children with special needs through riding therapy, serves with a breast cancer foundation and has organized a book drive in underprivileged communities. The novel won't be boring.

    Nina Motazedi has set her sights on the law. A global ambassador at Park View High School, she's already focusing on human rights law, constitutional law and working for the United Nations.

    Matthew Ribel of Freedom High School has already co-founded a political action committee, biPACtisan, which aims to foster a new era of bipartisanship, pragmatism and progress in government. He's also founded EDUversal, an NGO start-up that takes a novel approach at reforming African education. A political career that knows no limits awaits.

    Aditi Narvekar of Heritage High School is on a path to discovery. A budding scientist with a knack for computer programming, she's already investigated methods for early diagnosis of Parkinson's disease.

    Emily Rivers admits to wanderlust. The Loudoun Valley senior brings a passion for service to her dreams. Travel and service; a career as a diplomat awaits.

    Mrudula Bandaru is on a mission to heal the world. Inspired by Doctors Without Borders, the accomplished Briar Woods High School aspires to be a doctor and a citizen of the world.

    Roxanne Smith has been in the spotlight as long as she can remember. The Loudoun Valley High School senior has a plan to stay in the spotlight: educate as many people as she can on ways to eat healthy on a budget, in turn reducing the number of hungry in the country and the world.

Andrea Restrepo Chavez recalls her voyage to the United States more than a decade ago as if it happened yesterday. "As our plane approached the landing strip, my sister and I held hands tightly realizing we were about to be immersed in American culture, one we knew nothing of." The business world awaits. The Briar Woods senior is dedicated to achieving success in business management or marketing.

    Janera Martinez has seen more of the world than most people will in their lifetime. With her mother's job requiring her family to move every two years throughout her childhood, Martinez has experienced culture in the Middle East, Latin American and Southeast Asia, along with the United States. "It has definitely opened up my mind and made me very accepting of other people's ideas, cultures and backgrounds," says Martinez, a Dominion High School senior who excels at science and soccer.

    Nicholas Logan Potts believes there's something special about living on a farm. His passion and commitment is likely to ensure that the last remaining dairy farm in Loudoun County is persevered at the hands of a new generation of leaders.

    Brianna Jennings believes in persistence. Biology and communications are her passions, and there's a look in her eyes that tells you she's on the verge of discovering something important. We can't wait to see what it is.

    Twelve future leaders on the verge of something big, each with a story that makes you believe that the best is yet to come.

    You can find full profiles of each at in coming days and weeks. And you can find a special edition of "Future Leaders" at Loudoun County schools and other distribution points.

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