Atlanta INtown named senior Albert Zhang one of its "20 Under 20" students for 2018. The paper annually recognizes young people who give back to the community through volunteerism and philanthropic work.
Albert founded the Student Table Tennis Activists Foundation to address health and educational issues in the community through ping pong. With the help of friends and family, he raised more than $2,000 at a recent tournament to purchase tables and paddles for a children's center.
Along with mission trips, tutoring, taking part in Relay For Life, and creating public art, Albert has won a raft of awards including a Congressional Gold Medal and the Teen Ink Service Award.
Two other students—senior Lauren Brown and junior Naima Turbes—received honorable mentions by the publication.
Lauren has been part of the Westminster Service Corps, a student member of the school’s fundraising committee, and community engagement team leader. She has also volunteered with Odyssey, the nonprofit that provides educational opportunities to disadvantaged kids via summer camps.
Naima is a board member of on the Fulton County Youth Commission and is president of the organization’s health committee. She’s also part of Circle of Women, a student-run nonprofit dedicated to increasing access to secondary education for girls around the world.