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High school student Yumi Casagrande maintains a busy class schedule, yet makes time to volunteer in her community and on an international level as well. The New Jersey resident’s most recent school schedule included college-preparatory coursework in physics, calculus, American history, and music theory. In her freshman year, Yumi Casagrande won her school’s Sawzoli Dance Award, and in her junior year, she excelled in the study of Spanish and other subjects. Ms. Casagrande has arranged and performed music for church groups and other local organizations and has helped out with church-related holiday events. In addition, she was part of a 2009 musical and artistic celebration of Black History Month at her middle school. After her father, Greg Casagrande, left a corporate job to create a microloan finance group, she assisted him in its mission of aiding female entrepreneurs in developing Asian Pacific nations such as Fiji and Tonga. Yumi Casagrande was born in Japan and spent 10 years in New Zealand before her family moved to the United States. She holds Japanese citizenship and is fluently bilingual in English and Japanese. Ms. Casagrande is among a select group of high school students who will take part in an upcoming Student Diversity Leadership Conference, hosted by the National Association of Independent Schools. Yumi Casagrande and her fellow student leaders from around the country will gather to refine their communication and networking skills, as well as their awareness of social justice issues in an increasingly multicultural world. Yumi Casagrande is a serious student of singing and musical theater. A veteran of several years of school productions, she also participated in a series of performing arts summer youth workshops sponsored by the state of New Jersey.