Valeria Lugo

Valeria Lugo

This summer, Valeria Lugo from Hendersonville will join outstanding elementary school students from across the state to take part in a unique academic and career oriented development experience, the National Youth Leadership Forum (NYLF): Pathways to STEM is a prestigious youth summit which Lugo is representing Dr. William Burrus Elementary after nomination from her teacher.

NYLF Pathways to STEM is one of the Envision by WorldStrides family of programs ( that enable students to explore their interests and experience learning beyond the classroom.

Lugo was nominated by her third-grade teacher, Caroline Adams. Her selection was based on her exceptional maturity, scholastic merit, and leadership potential even at her young age.

In addition to her studies at school, Lugo is also passionate about piano and dancing, where she has participated in recitals with her academy of dance and her music school.

Some of her favorite classes are math, science, social studies, physical education, and art. She also loves to sing and wants to be part of the choir of the school next year. With dreams of being a great scientist, she is always trying to invent things to help in daily activities like ¨a mower machine that uses the grass it cuts as fuel.”

“I am pretty sure that I am going to have the best time in this activity. When I watched the video and read the schedule, I founded it amazing,” said Lugo. “I’m looking forward to learn a little bit of engineering. I am very glad to have the chance to enter in this STEM leadership program.”

For over 35 years, Envision by WorldStrides has empowered extraordinary students to become their best selves through programs that enable them to discover their passion, explore a career, and positively impact their world. Valeria has to raise $700 in sponsorships to attend the program. This is an effort by Envision to teach students lifeskills. If you need more information, please contact National Youth Leadership Forum at 800-781-7185.

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