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Felicity

Felicity Rodriguez is a high school senior from South Florida. She co-founded Youth Upholding Democracy in order to increase youth political engagement and expand opportunities for marginalized students. As a young Latina woman, she understands the obstacles that underrepresented youth face in becoming community leaders, so she strives to help level the playing field by providing them with adequate resources and opportunities. Apart from YUD, Felicity excels in her academics and extracurriculars. She received the AP Scholar with Distinction Award, National Hispanic Recognition, National Rural/Small Town Recognition, and is ranked first in her class. Even though she does not plan to pursue a degree in science, she is passionate about environmental protection, and she won first place in her school’s science fair for a project in which she tested the quality of pesticide-contaminated ocean water. Felicity also interned for her Congresswoman Debbie Mucarsel-Powell’s campaign, where she had the opportunity to connect with voters and provide aid for constituents struggling as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. She currently served on the executive board of Congresswoman Mucarsel-Powell’s Youth Advisory Council. She is also very passionate about voter turnout and served as a Voting Squad Captain for When We All Vote. At the start of the pandemic, Felicity hand-made bracelets and donated half of the proceeds to a local nonprofit that assisted people who had been financially impacted by the pandemic. In school, she has shown leadership as class president, Spanish club founder, a secretary of the National Art Honor Society and National Honor Society, captain of the soccer and volleyball teams, and a tutor for Spanish-speaking students. Felicity aspires to pursue a J.D. and become a lawyer.