Donna Huang, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities
Bemidji High School, Bemidji, MN
Since the age of seven, Donna has been an employee at her family’s New China restaurant in Bemidji, Minnesota. Moving into a management position at age 12, Donna learned to delicately delegate, aware that her youth and authority could be vexing to other employees. She is inspired by her father who immigrated to the United States with “his small bag of belongings, poor English, and his dreams.” Donna works as a translator, waitress, chef, and manager. The leadership skills she has acquired have been of assistance in her role of Business Manager for The Yearbook, a nonprofit organization that operates like a corporate business. Donna is also a tutor and a member of the National Honor Society.