Gerardo Ballesteros

I am a senior at Wheaton High School in Silver Spring, Maryland, where I participate in the Engineering Magnet Program and the Global Studies Academy. Outside of the classroom, I’ve helped start a number of clubs related to my passions for photography, jazz saxophone, and entrepreneurship. I also served on the High School Youth Council for Asian American LEAD. My hobbies include tailoring clothes, traveling, and playing for my school’s tennis team in the spring.

Maria Mendoza Blanco

I am a junior at George C. Marshall High School in Falls Church, Virginia. I’ve painted for the last six years, including one year of working in oils. (One of my paintings was featured in the New York Times.) I am an officer of my school’s National Art Honor Society chapter, and I am currently working on a project to paint a mural with ESOL kids at my local elementary school. Asian art has been an important influence on my own art, and the Freer|Sackler helped me discover it. I hope to help others discover it, too.

Grace Chung

I am a senior at McLean High School in Virginia, and I love learning about art and history. This will be my third year as a Teen Council member, so I’m super excited! At school, I serve as a class council member, director for Relay for Life, and variety quiz bowl captain. Some of my favorite things include tea, jokes, and creating art.

Nura Dhar

I’m a junior at Winston Churchill High School in Potomac, Maryland. I am the president of the fashion club and the creator of an art history class at my school. My favorite subjects are history and my fashion class. I’m excited to be returning as a Teen Council member!

Gaby Garcia

I am a junior at Bishop Ireton High School in Alexandria, Virginia. My hobbies include photography and videography, going to museums, listening to music, and performing on stage. I love being active at school: I am one of the junior representatives in the student council association, head of publicity for my school’s literary magazine and theater program, a student leader of Sustained Dialogue, and the secretary of our drama club. I am very excited to be a member of the Freer|Sackler Teen Council this year!

Amaya Horace

I currently attend Laurel Springs School. My favorite subjects include history and French. Some of my favorite activities include traveling and learning new languages. This past semester, I was a Stanford University China Scholar, and I currently serve on the State of Maryland Youth Advisory Council. I am also an international host sister. This will be my second year on the Freer|Sackler Teen Council.

Mary Ma

I’m a sophomore at Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville, Maryland, and my favorite subjects are art and English. I am a leader of a creative writing club at my school. I also participate in our Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) club, our school newspaper the Tide, the National Art Honor Society, and the National Chinese Honor Society. I am bilingual (I can speak Chinese). In my free time I like to go thrifting, watch YouTube videos, drink way too much coffee, and read webtoons. One of my favorite hobbies is revamping and collecting vintage clothes.

Jake Morton

I am a junior at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School in Maryland, and my favorite subjects are history and English. I am a member of the National Honor Society. I play tennis and read in my free time, and I like to cook.

Kierstin Oliver

I am a junior at Georgetown Day School in Washington, DC. My favorite subjects are art and English. In May 2018, I displayed my work along with other young artists in an exhibition at Halcyon Arts Lab. Some of my favorite hobbies are painting, drawing, singing, listening to music, and exploring modern art museums.

Iona Volynets

I am a junior at the Madeira School in McLean, Virginia, and my favorite subjects are history and art. I am part of the dance team and the head delegate of Model United Nations. I run a small business, selling shirts with my art on them to people online. In my spare time I love to paint, write, bake, and spend time with my friends.

Maggie Wang

I am a senior at National Cathedral School in Washington, DC. I have a wide variety of intellectual and extracurricular interests, ranging from history and art to philosophy and mathematics. I am co-editor-in-chief of my school’s literary magazine, and I also hold leadership positions with my school’s newspaper, Model United Nations, and quiz team. In my free time, I enjoy reading, writing, learning languages, and playing the piano. Partially because of my Asian heritage, I am passionate about promoting cultural education and social awareness.

Ivvone Zhou

I’m a junior at Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, Maryland, where I help run the Mural Club, participate in Biology Club, and try to manage my STEM-centric course load. I am fascinated by bioinformatics and hope to work within that field. In my free time, I draw, paint, and listen to music. But when nobody is around, I like singing show tunes and pretending to be Julie Andrews.

Past Councils

2018 Teen Council
2017 Teen Council
2016 Teen Council