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Lukau Named City of Phoenix Outstanding Young Woman


Isabelle Lukau, a senior at North High School, was named the City of Phoenix 2018 Outstanding Young Woman of the Year at a luncheon, April 20 at Phoenix Country Club.

Three other Phoenix Union students were among the 16 students named Outstanding Young Men and Women for each of the eight city council districts.  The program is presented by the City of Phoenix Youth and Education Commission.

Lukau won a $2,000 scholarship.  The winners were selected for outstanding community service and commitment to excellence in all areas of their lives.

Other Phoenix Union Outstanding Young Women/Men nominees are District 4: Daniel Cruz, Metro Tech; District 5: Alonso Trevizo, Maryvale, and District 7: Samantha Faria, North.

Lukau is Angolan, the youngest of six siblings of an immigrant family.  She will attend Notre Dame to study Biochemistry.  She wants to be a medical doctor, and perhaps go back to Angola working with Doctors without Borders and eventually building a private practice there as a general surgeon.  She has become civically active at North, learning to speak out against injustice and racism and “becoming politically cognizant.”  As an International Baccalaureate student, she developed a cultural competence workshop as a project.  Lukau played two years of tennis, and is a member of the French Club, Stand and Serve, and the Chess Club.  She has already taken calculus and psychology summer courses at ASU. 

The Outstanding Young Men and Women nominated are asked to acknowledge someone who has been instrumental in their lives.  Lukau picked her counselor Abigail Dolin, who was with her when she received her award, and she acknowledged an inspirational young person, Rita Anane-Wae, who graduated from North last year and is now attending University of Virginia.

Lukau is the sixth consecutive Phoenix Union student to win the Outstanding Young Man/Woman award.  Ameera Battle of Betty Fairfax won last year, Angela Esono, South Mountain in 2016;  BrieAnna Frank, Maryvale in 2015;  Jesan Islam, Cesar Chavez in 2014 and Genesis Miranda-Soto, Betty Fairfax in 2013.