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NBC Latino Congratulates: Rubi Rodriguez

Rubi Rodriguez is an outstanding student at South Cobb High School whose thirst for education and success is a reflection of her incredible journey. She once lived in a homeless shelter with her mother and now is a straight-A student who is serves her community as student body vice president, maintains a 4.1 grade point average, volunteers as an English language translator for Latino parents in her school district. She hopes to attend prestigious Duke University and study international relations.

As a member of two community service clubs, Rubi is passionate about serving her community. In addition to volunteering as an English language translator for Latino parents in her school, Rubi also runs a local chapter of a student-organized Dream Act Club.

“Ruby is so passionate about doing good in the community both in school and outside,” says Candice Jimerson-Johnson, the assistant vice principal at South Cobb High School in Austell, Georgia. “She recognizes that the possibilities are endless for students if they put their minds to it. I am happy to see a young lady who has the self-confidence to share how proud she is of her culture while celebrating the diversity and background of everyone she meets.”

Ruby – who has taken AP Economics, AP Government. AP Environmental Science, AP Literature, AP Language Arts, AP Statistics, AP World History and AP U.S. History – eventually wants to travel the world as part of the Peace Corps and become an attorney. She will be the first in her family to attend college.

Jimerson-Johnson says that she has no doubt that Ruby can do whatever she sets her mind to. “Ruby represents what’s good about the American dream. I can’t wait for her to be the first Hispanic female president!”

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Name: Rubi Rodriguez

School, Hometown: South Cobb High School, Austell, Georgia

Favorite subject:  Social Studies. I grew up in surroundings where you had a mixture of cultures and here in high school I’ve made friends with kids from India, Brazil and I love culture. I also love politics after establishing the Dream Act campaign at my school and through that I started focusing on politics and issues that affect Hispanics here and across the country.

Favorite book: World without End. It’s not a book a teenager would read. It takes place during Medieval times during black plague but incorporates issues that were important than and now.

Favorite activities: I like painting and I have some of my paintings in my room. I like drawing and as part of the year book staff, I’m pretty good with Photoshop and graphic arts. I also like political debates and community service.

I’m passionate about: I would say education because I’ve seen the struggle that some students go through, and when I became involved with Dream Act that’s when I began to see how people take education for granted. I wish students in my school and students in general that can go to college could understand what a privilege it is.

My inspiration is: I would have to say my mother. We lived in New York City in a shelter at one point because we were homeless for a while. She was a victim of domestic violence and made me a home. She made sure I received a good education. I do it to thank her for all she’s done for me since I was a baby.  I think of how she suffered for me and that drives me to achieve.  She’s my biggest inspiration.

In college, I would like to study: I want to study international relations. I’m really passionate about diversity and accepting people. If you’re going to live you might as well explore the world!

In 10 Years I see myself: I want to be able to say that I graduated from Duke with a B.A. in international relations and that I also graduated with a J.D. degree. I want to travel the world and work for the United Nations, focusing on immigration.

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