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Hamel Haile

Time for 9 Toolkit - Campaign Lead

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Meet Hamel Haile. Born seventeen years ago to two Ethiopian immigrants in Fairfax County, Virginia, Hamel is a now Senior at Woodson High School. Hamel recognized equity issues in her own school and decided to found her school’s first Black Student Union, where she has led the club as President for two years. She is also the Secretary General for her school’s Model United Nations club, where she has been an active member since eighth grade. As a multisport athlete for nearly her whole life she has been a part of both travel and high school soccer teams for years, in addition to being a decorated long distance runner on her high school’s Varsity Cross Country and Winter track teams. Hamel has also proven herself to be musically inclined as she has been both playing the piano and singing in her school choir since the age of nine. After discovering her passion for working with children after a summer of camp counseling, Hamel has used her knowledge of Amharic in order to tutor Ethiopian students in her own community. She is passionate about public policy and equity and will continue to pursue her passions in college, law school, and beyond.

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