Edith Almanza is a second year student who is very deserving of this honor. As an aspiring Pediatrician and STEM major, Edith has taken a very rigorous path at UW and has handled it with ease. Not only has she excelled in her academics, she has also been committed to learning about the medical field through her involvement with Minority Association of Pre-Health Students (MAPS). In this RSO, Edith serves as the Community Service/Philanthropy chair. Her primary focus is to help underrepresented individuals realize their potential in health care fields. This is easily seen as she played an integral role in hosting UW’s first ever Pre-Health Conference which consisted of keynote speakers, workshops, and hands-on activities. This event was a huge success as it attracted more than 200 people. On top of that, Edith is also a student researcher in the Bamshad Lab in the Pediatric Department at the UW Medical Center. If all these outstanding achievements weren’t enough, Edith has also been a great friend of mine and is someone that I can truly look up to. She never ceases to amaze me and I can’t wait to see what the medical field has in store for her.