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West Boca valedictorian cherishes memories of Jewish youth group

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MEET YOUR NEIGHBOR: Chloe Dietz, 18

Over the past four years, West Boca Raton High valedictorian Chloe Dietz has poured her heart and soul into the Jewish youth organization, BBYO.

Dietz, 18, recruited more than 30 girls to join her chapter, and helped raise $5,000 for an international service fund.

“Through countless board positions and weekend conventions, I’ve made a difference in my local, regional, and national communities,” said the Boca Raton resident. “The imprint I have left on my chapter and region are my greatest accomplishments these past four years.”

When she wasn’t devoting herself to her BBYO passion, Dietz was racking up the accolades at West Boca High.

She earned a 3.95 grade point average (5.0 HPA) and a 35 score on the ACT. She also took 16 Advanced Placement and Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE) courses, won both the Presidential Award and Superior Scholar Award in grades nine to 11, and the AP Scholar Award in grades 10 and 11.

Her parents, Jodi and Jay Dietz, taught her to work hard and that nothing comes easy.

She will take that staunch work ethic to the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Engineering and Applied Science. She plans to major in engineering and have a minor in business and architecture.

She wants to integrate the fields of engineering and business in her career, and would like to work for a company that makes a profit, but uses that profit to help the local community.

“I hope to influence society by providing my perspective, which is that giving is more rewarding than getting,” Dietz said. “I want to provide for others and be the person people can look to in a time of need.”

Looking back on her high school years, Dietz said she would have carved out more time for some fun on the weekend. Through all of high school, for Dietz, Sunday was homework day.

“If I could do anything differently, I would budget my homework during the week and do something adventurous each Sunday,” she said.

Dietz was an active member of National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society, and Science National Honor Society. As vice president of Pap Corps, she helped raise money for cancer research. She was also secretary of Spanish Club.

But in the end, her fondest memories are of her vast experiences serving BBYO. The two BBYO summer programs she attended taught her networking and have connected her to individuals all over the world.

“I can credit BBYO for the person I am today,” Dietz said. “Before joining this youth organization, I was shy and reserved. Over the past four years, I have found who I am as a leader within the organization and outside of it.”

Q&A

Who is your hero?

My parents are my heroes. They grew up in Brooklyn with nothing and worked their way through college. They graduated from NYU and the Culinary Institute of America, both very prestigious schools. They moved to Florida and now each run their own businesses. Through their experiences, they have showed me the effects of hard work and dedication.

What is your favorite movie?

“She’s the Man”

What are your hobbies?

I am an avid member and officer in BBYO. I spend most of my time at chapter meetings or events. I enjoy going to the gym, hanging out with friends, and eating. I also love to travel and experience new cities.

What do you do to get away or take a break?

A night with my friends or family will often do the trick. Whenever I’m stressed or need a break, it’s the people I’m with that know how to keep my mind off of things and get me to have fun.

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