student Lucy Zhang has been named to the Class of 2011 by the 21st Century Leaders of Georgia.
Zhang, a junior, received the 2010 Georgia Affiliate of the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) Aspirations in Computing award for getting more girls involved in robotics and working with programming software.
As a leader in Robo-chix, Zhang organizes events at local libraries and schools where the robotics team can show off their robots and stimulate interest in robotics at an early age. Passionate about helping the elderly, she volunteers weekly at two assisted living communities in Marietta, playing piano, games and other activities.
Also a member of Wheeler’s Leadership Club, she is responsible for the Wheeler Community Service Hours program and helps with collecting, inputting and displaying the school’s service hours.
Decatur-based 21st Century Leaders, a non-profit whose aim is to expand the number and diversity of Georgia’s future leaders, has chosen a "20 under 20" group for the last four years. This year’s list includes authors, nonprofit founders, philanthropists and community advocates from Atlanta to Valdosta, Cobb County to Oconee County -- all under the age of 20.
Along with the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 40 Under 40, 21st Century Leaders selects 20 Georgia students who have made a significant impact on their school or community. The awardees, who also included student , were honored Oct. 19 at Georgia Tech.
“The level of talent and accomplishment astounds us every year,” said Bob Watson, executive director of 21st Century Leaders. “Each member of this year’s class is a stellar example of a youth leader.”