LEADERSHIP

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ZACH WU

President

Zach Wu is a rising junior at Naperville North High School. He is currently one of the top-ranked sophomores in the state of Illinois and the country for Congressional Debate. Since middle school, Zach has been a highly-accomplished debater. From as young as 11 years old, he racked up accolades like 6th at the 2018 Middle School Tournament of Champions and 1st at the 2018 Great Midwestern National Debate Championships. This past season, Zach led the state of Illinois in bids to the prestigious Tournament of Champions with 6, with appearance in elimination rounds at Yale, Emory, Blue Key, Glenbrooks, Sunvitational, and Harvard. Most notably, he is the reigning Illinois Congressional Debate Association State Champion, as well as the 2021 University of Kentucky Tournament of Champions Runner-Up. In his free time, Zach enjoys any food that's done well, traveling with family, playing a copious amount of golf, and listening to Mandarin pop music.

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BRIAN LI

Vice President

Brian Li is a rising senior at Naperville North High School in District 203. He has competed in Middle School Public Forum Debate and Naperville North's high school math team. He is also well-versed in Python, Java, and mcfunction. In his free time, Brian enjoys playing video games, coding, and learning graphic design and animation.

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PUSHKAR BETSUR

Director of Activism 

Pushkar Betsur is a rising junior at Naperville Central High School who has competed at the state level for Congressional Debate and has won first place. In addition he is a semifinalist at the Illinois State Championship. He is also the Vice President of Central's Junior State of America chapter. Pushkar is also involved in robotics and has a passion for reading and cooking. Pushkar also finds great achievement in being friends with Zach Wu for the past six years. 

 
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AREEB AHMED

Director of Outreach

Areeb Ahmed is a rising senior at Barrington High School in District 220. He is the captain of the Congressional Debate Team, president of the Muslim Student Association, and secretary of the DECA team at his school. Areeb has also participated in Science Olympiad, Model UN, and his school’s football team. With his activities, Areeb has competed at state and national tournaments for debate and business. Outside of the general academia, Areeb was a campaign intern and is currently a leader on the Youth Advisory Board Committee for the House of Representatives. Areeb is also the founder and CEO of Ridgewell Trading, a stock market platform that teaches individuals of all technical levels how to trade stocks. In his free time, Areeb enjoys listening to podcasts, reading autobiographies, and playing basketball with his friends.