North HS Izaiah Lopez Named the Outstanding High School Student at the Arizona American Indian Excellence in Leadership Awards

Posted by Community Relations on 11/18/2015

Izaiah Lopez was named the Outstanding High School Student at the Arizona American Indian Excellence in Leadership Awards, November 19 in Scottsdale. Lopez reactivated the Cesar Chavez Native American Youth Council as a freshman, and has been the Male President for the affiliated United National Indian Tribal Youth, Inc. (UNITY) youth council. Lopez organized a focus group for the Robert Wood Foundation to address the needs of Native males succeeding in college and becoming career-ready. As a result, the Phoenix Indian Center was awarded funding. He was selected to attend the Generation Indigenous Challenge and White House Tribal Youth Gathering in Washington, D.C. this past summer. The challenge for his team at Chavez is participating in a project on native farming and eatable foods of the desert, and connecting it to the importance of staying healthy by eating more traditional foods. Lopez has devoted over 300 hours of volunteering at local events on the Gila River Indian Community, Native American Youth Council, Five Tribes Celebration, Iwo Jima Celebration and many more activities. He wants to attend the University of Arizona or John Hopkins University, studying anatomy with hopes of becoming a surgeon. He participated at the Univ. of Arizona STEM Program and the National Native American Youth Initiative program at George Washington University, introducing students to the medical field. Affiliated with the Tohono O’otham tribe, he was nominated byChavez’ Native American Student Advisor Corrina Pino.