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Returning as a Team Leader

At the completion of each conference the Senior Team Leader and Assistant Senior Team Leader begin the selection process for new Team Leaders. All delegates are evaluated from the moment they arrive at AZYLC until the Awards Banquet on the last day by the staff, instructors, and current team leaders. Delegates are invited to return to AZYLC as a Team Leader based on their Team Leader application and evaluation. Every year we look to bring back the best delegates as Team Leaders; including the Outstanding Student and 1st Runner Up who automatically receive invitations. Previous Team Leaders are invited to return in addition to several new Team Leaders for each conference. We are constantly looking for those delegates who actively participate, demonstrate leadership ability, a willingness to learn, and enthusiasm. 

AZYLC 2019 Team Leaders

Jackie Loving – Sapphire Team Leader

Hi! My name is Jackie Loving and I’m eager to be a team leader for the first time this year. I just graduated from AAEC-EM high school and Estrella Mountain Community College. I’ll be attending the University of Arizona to study Veterinary Science in the fall. I adore animals and wildlife and have served as an Animal Ambassador intern at EMCC, worked in a cat rescue clinic, and participated in the Future Farmers of America’s Vet Tech Career Development Event for four years. When I’m not working, I love to rewatch the Twilight movies, study Thai, and make arts and crafts!

Natasha Loving – Gold Team Leader

I’m excited to be back for my third year as a team leader at AZYLC! I currently attend the University of Arizona where I am studying Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Creative Writing. At the university, I serve as the assistant manager of the UA community garden, work in the UA Museum of Natural History collections, and volunteer with Students for Sustainability. In my free time, I enjoy watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer, cooking, and squishing my dogs.

Nathan Schrade – Lime Green Team Leader

Hello! I’m Nate Schrade and I’ll be the Green team leader at AZYLC 2019.  I’m very excited to return in my second year as a Team Leader! I just graduated from Deer Valley high school, and look forward to starting school at the University of Arizona in Tucson this August studying Political Science.  I played volleyball and served in student government while in high school. In my free time I love to take photos and play basketball and volleyball. I’m looking forward to meeting you at AZYLC 2019!

Rachel Higgins – Red Team Leader

Hello! I graduated from Desert Ridge High School with the class of 2019, while in High school I was Corps Commander of my school’s AFJROTC program. I am a space enthusiast, former mathlete, and animal lover! In the fall I will be attending Northern Arizona University, majoring in Physics and Astronomy. This is my 2nd year as a Team Leader and I am looking forward to meeting this year’s amazing delegates!

Fernanda Lozano – Maroon Team Leader

I was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, and I graduated from Independence High School in the class of 2019. I plan on enlisting in the Navy or attending college and becoming an officer in the navy. My life goals consist of serving my country for a good while, eventually attending law school to be an immigration lawyer and someday running for state office. I also love animals and volunteer and the Phoenix animal shelter when I can. I was heavily involved with NJROTC, completing a large amount of community service with them. This year I competed on the swim team and will participated in a West Mec program to becoming certified as an EMT. I am a writer and often write poetry in my free time with plans to one day publish them.

Daniel Nguyen – Kelly Green Team Leader

I was born in Fort Hood, TX to a military family. I went to school at Liberty HS in Peoria, and I was named most outstanding delegate at the 2016 AZYLC and given the privilege of returning the following year as a team leader. I was awarded the Flinn Scholarship and currently attend ASU studying Biology and Mechanical Engineering with the hopes of attending medical school and becoming a physician in the US Air Force. In my free time at ASU, I enjoy playing rugby on the club team as well as the violin in the orchestra. I am certified as an EMT and volunteer with ASU’s EMS, Peoria Fire-Medical, and Banner UMC’s ER. Last summer, I studied with Flinn in China and afterwards cycled across Vietnam.

Robert Boyle – Light Blue Team Leader

This is my second year as a Team Leader. I am originally from Boston, Massachusetts, and I moved to Arizona when I was six. I just graduated from Desert Ridge High School this past May. In the fall, I am going to attend Arizona State University to major in Computer Science. In high school, I participated in track, cross country, and Air Force JROTC as well as National Honor Society. I was flight commander this past year in Air Force JROTC and led my flight to Flight of the Year. In my free time, I love to run, DJ, play basketball, and work on computer security.  I really look forward to working with our team this year!

Jascha Ely – Purple Team Leader

I attended AZYLC in 2017, returning the last two years as a Team Leader.  I enjoy speech and debate, philosophy and school. I did young marines for 10 years and now I plan on attending Dallas Baptist University. I’m a big story teller and I love a reasonable discussion on any topic.

Heather Hahn

Hi! My name is Heather Hahn, and I am excited to say this is my second year returning as a Team Lead at AZYLC. I graduated from Shadow Mountain High School in 2018, where I was very active in the AFJROTC program, along with many sports. I just finished my freshman year of college majoring in Elementary Education at PVCC, but plan on enlisting in the Air Force hereby in the future. I am the manager at a Hawaiian shaved ice place, where I smell like blue raspberry and my hands stay cool. However, on my free time I enjoy traveling, staying active, and spending time with friends and family. I am very excited for this year’s AZYLC, and I look forward to meeting all of you!

Daphne Faber

Hey all! I’m Daphne Faber, and I am super excited to be a Team Leader for the first time this year. I attended AZYLC 2018 where and was named the Most Outstanding Delegate and was given the opportunity to return. I recently graduated from Millennium High School and will begin studying Bioengineering at MIT this fall. Throughout high school I performed in theatre and was active with the Scholastic Bowl Trivia, Hosa, and Science Olympiad teams. I love to play music, try new foods, and snuggle my dog. I’m so excited to meet you all at AZYLC this year!

Oktobre Williams – Team Leader Liaison

I am an AZ native and have lived in the city of Casa Grande for 13 years. In high school I was the Commanding Officer for my school’s MCJROTC program. Last summer, I led the Orange team which was selected as the Outstanding Team. Currently I work for Southwest Airlines at Phoenix Sky Harbor as an Appearance Technician. I enjoy exploring Arizona and going to the gym. I have a passion for visiting new places and learning about different cultures. I also love learning new languages and have taken a year of American Sign Language so far. My goal is to become either a flight attendant for Southwest, or a Cryptologic Linguist for the Army.