DELORIS ranks fifth in her class of 88 at Brooklyn's John Jay School for Law. Her teacher, who is also the school's acting principal, says: "In my eight years as an educator, I have never met a student who is able to overcome obstacles and be successful like Deloris." Deloris works 28 hours a week at Chipotle and is active in Mock Trial, and interned at the Paul Hastings law firm through the Vera Institute.
She has also won summer scholarships to study in Japan and compete in an international moot court competition in the Netherlands. After her freshman year, Deloris had an internship at the Council on Foreign Relations — the other interns were mostly high school seniors.
Deloris is one of two students on the board of Global Kids, and organization determined to develop what it calls Youth Leaders for the Global Stage. The other board members are lawyers, bankers and diplomats.
Her long-term goal is to be "the person who speaks up for other people when they can't," and to change things that are wrong. The next steps in that future will be at Northeastern University in Boston.