Born in Baltimore, MD and raised in Carbondale, IL, Jeffrey is a rising senior at Carbondale Community High School. Passionate about language studies, he is bilingual, speaking both English and Mandarin Chinese, and he is in the process of learning German and Portuguese. Jeff is involved with many extracurricular organizations, including but not limited to: Model UN, Student Council (served as Junior Class President), Math Team, Science Olympiad, Table Tennis Club (President and Founder), Letters for Learning (an international pen-pal program that helps facilitate learning English in countries lacking the materials), and Varsity tennis. Some of Jeff’s hobbies are photography, videography, archery, computer science, and microbiological research. Jeff is very passionate about international affairs and through Bridge the Divide, he seeks to educate and help young people understand today's global affairs.