San Jose, CA. – July 25, 2016 – On Friday evening, July 22, 2016 at the Santa Clara Convention Center, Daniel Rangel-Santos won the title of Golden State Youth Ambassador at the California State Youth Accolades Scholarship Competition. He is also the recipient of a $2,000 scholarship. For his on stage talent he performed “And Now My Lifesong Sings” by Mark Hall. The competition finals took place on Thursday & Friday, July 21-22 at the Santa Clara Convention Center.
Daniel is 20 years old and a Junior at USC. He plans on a career in Neurosurgery. His interests include martial arts, singing and involvement in his Church’s activities. His most meaningful community service project was a mission trip to Port-au-Prince, Haiti in the summer of 2015. For the trip, he fundraised $2,500 through the donations of family, friends and fellow parishioners. In Haiti, he worked with the Missionaries of Charity to provide assistance for an all-girl summer camp, an orphanage and hospital for children and babies, a wound clinic, and a home for the dying.
In high school, Daniel was the commanding officer of the NJROTC program, overlooking 200 cadets for community service projects. Now he is the Liturgy Vice-Chair at Our Savior Parish, the Catholic Church at USC, a role where he promotes involvement and service of students within the Catholic Mass and other religious celebrations. He also is part of a project called Interfaith Week whose purpose is to create dialogue between different religious groups in a peaceful and informative manner.
Honors and achievements include: Recipient of University Scholarship at USC, Recipient of Dean’s Scholarship at USC, 4th Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo 2014, Commanding Officer at Troy High School NJROTC Program (Rank: Cadet Captain) 2014 and the California State Champion in Taekwondo (Traditional Weapons) 2010.