Josue Maldonado-Zelaya

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Josue was born in Orlando, FL and raised by separated parents from middle school onward. Although his parents could not provide much financial support, Josue’s determination lies in giving back to them by first achieving a college degree.

 

Josue began his high school career at Winter Park High School but completed his final two years at Colonial High School. There, he joined multiple groups, such as the swimming and water polo team, a Saturday orchestra group known as A Gift For Music, the Colonial Key Club, and the National Honor Society. Through his active participation in the mentioned groups, he gained many useful skills, all while maintaining excellent grades in AP and Honor classes. 

Josue also gained leadership skills through his positions as Swim Team Captain, Water Polo Team Co-captain, and Vice President of the Orchestra. Josue further distinguished himself by winning the Disney Dreamer and Doer award three times as well as the AP Scholar with Distinction Award. While working part-time as a lifeguard, he also was a Questbridge Finalist and became Colonial’s 2020 Martin Luther King Jr Humanitarian recipient.

 

Josue is a first-generation college student, who is now enrolled in Florida Atlantic University’s Wilkes Honors College, where he is seeking a degree in Psychology to eventually pursue a career in Psychiatry. He is confident that he will be able to achieve new heights in college and continue to give back to his family. ​