School: Charlotte Country Day School
Hometown: Charlotte, NC
Laura Saavedra is a high school student at Charlotte Country Day School and is of Colombian heritage. At school, she is the president of the Hispanic and/or Latinx Alliance, a member of the International Studies Board, part of the Student Diversity Awareness Executive Board, and an admissions ambassador. Laura is devoted to helping the community around her. She is a volunteer tutor at Levine Children’s Hospital and organizes a summer camp, Aprende Jugando, for underprivileged kids. She is the co-owner of By Immigrant Hands, a clothing company she started in September 2019 with Manolo Betancur to empower immigrants and give back to a community that’s given so much to her and her family. Apart from immigrant empowerment, Laura is also passionate about the climate crisis and its intersectional effects. She is the co-coordinator of Extinction Rebellion Youth Charlotte, an organization that strives to bring awareness and combat climate change. Due to her passion for sports medicine and surgery, Laura strives to become an orthopedic surgeon. She hopes to use her passion for orthopedics and activism to impact as many people as possible.