Nayeli Zapata, born in the Dominican Republic, is 16 years old. She is a rising senior within the TransSTEM Academy, at Cardozo Education Campus. Nayeli immigrated to the United States when she was 12 years old. She is an athlete at Cardozo Education Campus and practices team sports such as volleyball, basketball, flag football, tennis, bowling and golf. Nayeli is bilingual, fluent in both Spanish and English. She volunteers to support teachers and staff at parents/teacher conferences; she serves as a translator and escorts parents. Nayeli is the Team Captain for the peer leader program at Cardozo. She was a member of the Student Government Association and is a member of the National Honor Society. She served on the panel to select the Principal for Cardozo Education Campus in 2019. Nayeli is planning to attend a four year university to become a Criminal Justice Lawyer.