Junior Zurisadai Rodriguez of West Chicago has been named West Chicago Community High School PeaceBuilder for the month of January, 2017. Rodriguez is an outstanding student who excels academically and also takes the time to assist others.
To Rodriguez, peace is practicing tolerance towards others, despite differences, for the pursuit of justice. She learned about peace from her family. “Growing up with an older sister isn’t always easy, but from every disagreement on whose turn it was helped me realize that fighting was not worthwhile and one of us had to be the bigger person and let it go.”
When asked about a model of peace, Rodriguez cites Daniel Watts because, “He goes out of his was to understand and listen to others who don’t hold his own beliefs and loves them as it is.”
Rodriguez is inspired by this quote by author James N. Watkins, “A river cuts through rock, not because of its power, but because of its persistence.”
Rodriguez has been on honor roll all semesters of her high school career. In school, she is active in WeGo Global and SkillsUSA. Outside of school, she volunteers her time with several local organizations, including L.E.A.D., B.R.I.D.G.E., Reality Illinois, Teen Advisory Panel, and Volunteens.
After high school, Rodriguez plans to attend a four year university, donate her time to charities and not for profit organizations, and expand cultural awareness.
Zuirsadai (Zuri) Rodriguez