Kaycee Portillo-Sorto, a senior at Sterling’s Park View High School, has been named a Bank of America Student Leader for 2021, according to a recent announcement.
Portillo-Sorto is the only Loudoun County resident and one of five students from the D.C.-Maryland-Virginia region to be selected for the honor this year.
The Bank of America Student Leaders program began in 2004 and honors roughly 300 high school juniors and seniors around the U.S each year.
Recipients of the Student Leader honor each receive a paid summer internship in which they assist local nonprofits, receive leadership training and participate in a leadership summit in Washington, D.C.
Officials said Portillo-Sorto’s “strong, active” advocacy for voting rights and opposition to economic injustice are among the reasons she received the honor.
Portillo-Sorto reportedly also led a recent successful campaign to lobby the Loudoun County School Board to add two more SAT testing dates to PVHS’s schedule.
Portillo-Sorto plans to attend Georgetown University in the fall.
Past Loudoun County recipients of the Bank of America Student Leader recognition include Namitha Kupa of Ashburn’s Briar Woods High School in 2020 and Riya Maheshwari of Ashburn’s Rock Ridge High School in 2019.
More information about the Student Leaders program is available at about.bankofamerica.com/en/making-an-impact/student-leaders.