San Jose, CA. – July 20, 2018 – On Friday evening, July 20, at the Mission Center for Performing Arts, Leon Hua won the title of California State Ambassador at the California State Scholarship Competition sponsored by Youth Focus Inc. He is also the recipient of a $5,000 scholarship.
Leon is 17 years old and recently graduated from Cupertino High School. He will attend the University of Southern California this fall studying Business Administration. Leon feels that cultural diversity is increasingly important in today’s ever-changing society. Born in China, he spent his early student years at public schools in Cixi, China and Beijing, China. However, he also found the opportunity to experience the Japanese culture and studied the Japanese language for four years. Leon became the Social Manager of the Japanese National Honor Society, organizing activities for more than 80 students, including raising funds for the club’s trip to Japan.
Another passion of Leon’s is the performing arts. He has played piano since he was 4 and clarinet since 8. He began singing when he joined the Crystal Children’s Choir, and is now the bass section leader. For three years he participated in Cupertino High School’s musical theatre program. Leon volunteered as a Vocal Lead in the 2017 Youth Focus Entertainment Division and received the Gold Music Award at Cupertino High School. He co-founded the Polar Bears Music Club, a volunteer organization, which performs at senior centers and retirement homes throughout the Bay Area. He also directs an acappella group.
His greatest passion, however, is the education of children, which has driven him to volunteer at summer camps throughout his high school career. He was a staff member for ‘Phase One’ of the White Stag Leadership Development Program where he went through nine months of leadership development training in preparation for two weeks of summer camp. He is also active in his church’s vacation bible school and was a camp counselor at an International Choral Workshop at Stanford, working with young choristers from Wuhan, China, teaching them choral music
Leon’s ultimate goal is to contribute to programs dedicated to enhancing the quality of life and education for children through the influences of music and culture.