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Two Students From Wellington Selected For Prestigious Bank Of America Program

Student Leaders Two high school students from Wellington, Katherine Oung and Ashley Kulberg, have been selected as part of this year’s Bank of America Student Leaders program. The six-week paid summer internship program will help strengthen the students’ leadership abilities, civic engagement and workforce skills-building. In light of the health concerns that remain in local communities, the program, which gathers more than 300 high school students across the country, has been adapted to a virtual format, through which students will have the opportunity to participate in sessions that will expose them to the vital role that nonprofits play in advancing community health, the importance of public-private partnerships to advance social change and a focus on building financial acumen. The Student Leaders will participate in programming that leverages Bank of America’s national partnerships and expertise and will work closely with the bank’s Palm Beach County leadership and nonprofit partners. They will participate in a collaborative, mentoringfocused project working closely with Communities in Schools of Palm Beach County to develop and deliver a social media strategy to support the organization’s efforts. “Now, more than ever, as we collectively navigate the challenges we face in our communities, we remain committed

Katherine Oung A Wellington resident and rising senior at the A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts, Katherine Oung is passionate about civic engagement and politics. She was recently featured in The New York Times for her op-ed titled “Coronavirus Racism Infected My High School.”

to supporting youth and young adults of all backgrounds by connecting them to jobs, skills-building and leadership development,” said Fabiola Brumley, Bank of America’s Palm Beach County market president and vice chairman, business banking.“Creating opportunities for our youth to gain skills and build a network is a powerful investment in the future of our community.” Through her experiences as an intern for Congresswoman Lois Frankel, the captain of her speech and debate team and the first non-collegiate lead writer for a volunteer-run newsroom, Katherine Oung has seen and heard firsthand about wealth inequality in her own community. Now, she’s working in real time to address these issues and level the playing field for her neighbors. Oung believes in the power of vol-

unteering to build connections that will serve as a tool to ignite meaningful change, especially within her local community. Because of her dedication and exceptional leadership qualities, the rising senior at the A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts has been selected for the Student Leader program. She has spent hundreds of hours educating her peers and managing the 50-member staff at Balance the Ballot, a student-run organization with the goal of raising awareness for current global issues and getting youth more involved in and informed about politics.As a lead writer, she spearheaded an initiative to facilitate voter registration in 2018. Her South Florida region registered 200 people, and the event was so successful that it will continue leading up to this year’s election. wellington the magazine | august 2020 49

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WELLINGTON THE MAGAZINE – August 2020  

August 2020 | ON THE COVER The 11 principals of Wellington’s A-rated public schools gather for a group photo. Photo by Ken D’Agostino/Villa...

WELLINGTON THE MAGAZINE – August 2020  

August 2020 | ON THE COVER The 11 principals of Wellington’s A-rated public schools gather for a group photo. Photo by Ken D’Agostino/Villa...

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