Luminari Award


Cara Leonardi, a 9th grader at Moon Area High School, is our 2019 Luminari Award scholar, and Hend Hamada, a 10th grade ESL student at Fox Chapel Area High School, is our Luminari ESL Award scholar. Both students will receive an all-expenses paid admission to I Want to be an Ambassador! camp which takes place in Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C. from June 11-19, 2019.

Ms. Leonardi says she hopes to become the first female President of the United States and that her interest in Ambassador camp is based on her passion “for making the world a more inclusive place for others.”

Ms. Hamada says “Ambassador camp will help me to learn the skills of an ambassador, to understand the country’s historical, social and economic behaviors and to solve world challenges.”

“Both of these exceptional students bring passion and leadership to the Luminari family” says Hilda Pang Fu, Luminari’s founder and president. “Through the immersive experience of I Want to be an Ambassador! camp, we want to empower students to engage in everyday diplomacy to create a more harmonious world.”

2019 Recipients

Hend Hamada (ESL), Fox Chapel Area School District
Cara Leonardi, Moon Area School District

2018 Recipients

Fakhar Almlook Munaf Mohammed (ESL), Carlynton School District
Owen Chaffin, Home School student, Bethel Park School District

2017 Recipients

Jesus Chacin (ESL), Avonworth School District
Kailee Monaghan, Canon-McMillan School District

2016 Recipients

Hao Nguyen (ESL), Sto-Rox School District
Emily Smith, Propel Schools

 2015 Recipients

Vladyslav Makarenko (ESL), Mt. Lebanon School District
Rohit Nandakumar, Fox Chapel Area School District

2014 Recipients

Jacob Clark, West Jefferson Hills School District
Zyaire Fisher, Propel Schools
Kaylee Gross, Chartiers Valley School District
David Han, Fox Chapel Area School District
Sydney Reyes, Riverview School District

2013 Recipients

Sophie Belch, Riverview School District
Nathan Bindseil, Central Catholic, Diocese of Pittsburgh
Abigail Eberts, Moon Area School District
Shannon Kim, Fox Chapel Area School District
Troy Miles, Propel Schools

2012 Recipients

Rohan Chalasani, Fox Chapel Area School District
Nicolas May, Chartiers Valley School District
Malaysia Meador, Propel Schools
Brandon Quinn, Central Catholic, Diocese of Pittsburgh