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Widener Leadership Award

ashley navarrete

Oxford Area High School junior Ashley Navarrete, daughter of Maria Zavala and Efren Navarrete, was recently named a winner of the 2019 Widener University/NBC-10 High School Leadership Award.

Now in its eighth year, this awards program is designed to recognize high school students in the Philadelphia region who embody the university’s commitment to develop and inspire leaders to affect positive change. Those who receive the award have been recognized for their ability to demonstrate courage by standing up for what is right, finding a way to address a wrong or making a difference in a significant way.

Ashley will join approximately 70 other honorees for a special awards event at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia on March 28. Award-winners will also be invited to attend a leadership training conference to be held later this year on the Widener campus.

Award recipients will receive a scholarship of $20,000 over four years should they enroll at Widener University for undergraduate studies.

Ashley is president of the Class of 2020 as well as the high school’s art and chess clubs. She has been a member of the school’s Diversity Committee for two years and organized last year’s March for Our Lives student walk-out against gun violence one month after the February 14, 2018 school shootings in Parkland, Florida.

Ashley is a member of the stage crew, working on this spring’s production of Seussical. She also volunteers at the Lighthouse Youth Center in Oxford.