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Cecilia Joy Pérez '11


Cecilia Joy Pérez is a member of TASIS Dorado's first graduating class of 2011.

While enrolled at TASIS Dorado, Ceci, as she is fondly called, found herself involved in many aspects of the TD experience. Ceci was a leader both on the court and on the field as a member of the volleyball and soccer teams. She was president of the National Honor Society and a member of the Student Council, Model UN, and Oratoria. Additionally, Ceci holds the impressive title of TASIS Dorado's first U.S. Presidential Scholar, which is awarded annually up to 161 students across the U.S. and is among the Nation's highest honor for high school students.

Aside from being very involved in campus life, Ceci was an exceptional intellectual, with a love of knowledge, a drive for success, and a fierce competitive edge. Ceci has been described by her former teachers as a self-assured, serious-minded, laser-focused academic, and a vibrant and energetic athlete, who graced everyone with her infectious smile, generous spirit, and confident demeanor.

As shared by her senior advisor, Ms. Maritza Lozada, Ceci was "the perfect role model, setting high academic standards for her classmates." Ms. Royale McCormack, Ceci's English teacher, adds, "Ceci always struck me as the epitome of a scholar. Not only was she abundantly successful in her academics, but she relished the learning process and enjoyed the accumulation of knowledge. Her curiosity drove her to new depths of study, and she did it all with a bright smile, a hearty laugh, and a contagious effervescence."

Outside the classroom, Ceci's warm smile and fun-loving personality drew those in around her, as remembered by her senior year history teacher, Mr. Jaime Ramirez, "... [Ceci] was a vibrant [individual], always smiling and making others enjoy the moment. She was full of energy but very much aware of how [best] to channel it!" Ms. McCormack adds, "Ceci managed to find the right balance of education and fun. She never missed out on or held back from the activities that make TASIS such a joyful institution, but rather embraced them in the same manner in which she cherished her search for knowledge."

WHERE IS SHE NOW?

Currently, Ceci is an Associate at Point Bello, a strategic intelligence firm, in Washington, D.C. where she analyzes and monitors Chinese companies and government policies on issues pertaining to U.S.-China strategic competition. Most of Ceci's days are spent drinking coffee, analyzing Chinese language documents, and conducting data analysis on China's foreign investment. Aside from many cups of coffee, the most rewarding aspect of Ceci's job is her influence on the way people think about critical issues in the U.S.-China relationship.

Ceci's expertise in Chinese companies comes from years of analyzing their activities. Prior to Pointe Bello, Ceci worked as a research associate in demographics and political economy at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), where she contributed to the Chinese Global Investment Tracker. At AEI Ceci got to explore big questions like what drives economic growth globally and what does a pathway for reintegration of the Korean Peninsula look like?

Prior to making her way to D.C., Ceci completed a certificate in Chinese American Studies from the Hopkins Nanjing Center in China and a B.A. in Political Science from Washington University in St. Louis.

Most recently, in September 2020, Ceci was featured and honored by the Diversity in National Security Network and New America's 2020 Latino National Security & Foreign Policy Next Generation Leaders where she was among 40 Latino and Latina experts in U.S. national security and foreign policy. Honorees spanned government, think tanks, academia, civil society, and the media. The selection was based on excellence in leadership; work in national security or foreign policy, and contributions to issues of expertise through thought leadership.

REMEMBERING TASIS DORADO

What is your favorite memory of TASIS Dorado?

I have a lot of exciting memories from TASIS, like holding my first Oratoria trophy and scoring the winning penalty in the soccer team finals. However, when I think of TASIS, my mind drifts to a peaceful memory of me sitting in the school hallway, catching up on reading while enjoying the balmy breeze.

What advice would you offer to today's TASIS Dorado student?

Get involved as a student leader and participate in athletics. Be diligent with your studies. You'll be surprised at how much you learn by the time you get to college!

COVID aside, how have your Saturday afternoons changed since being a student at TASIS Dorado?

On Saturdays, I would hit the beach in Dorado and ride around in the golf cart. If I could still do that on Saturdays, I would. These days I spend my Saturdays doing outdoor trips with my brother Luis Joy '13. Recently, we went on a walk through Teddy Roosevelt Island in Virginia and kayaked on the Potomac River.

FUN WITH PHRASES

If I were a superhero, my superpower would be...

the ability to teleport, so that I could visit Puerto Rico whenever I want.

My biggest passion is...

my family and my island.

I'm motivated by...

my desire to improve the world.

The biggest influence on my career thus far...

was upon my TASIS graduation when I had the opportunity to visit China as a Presidential Scholar with the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations. As a result of this experience, I found my passion for US-China relations.

Success to me is...

being in a position where I can help others.

In my profession, it's important...

to do my homework and substantiate my opinions with evidence.

One rule to live by...

work hard at what you like, and good things will come.

Former teachers, along with the entire TD Community, are not surprised to see Ceci taking the world by storm and are so very proud of her many accomplishments. It's clear there is more to be seen from Ceci!


Written by: Tara McCartney, Alumni Relations

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BEAR TRACKS

Pedro A. González-Hernández '12


Pedro A. González-Hernández is a member of TASIS Dorado's great class of 2012. During his time at TASIS Dorado, he was involved in a range of athletics and extracurricular activities, including Student Council, National Honor Society, Varsity Soccer, and acted as the Master of Ceremonies for various school assemblies.

Pedro left a lasting impression on the TD community and is remembered fondly by many. As one of the first students inducted into the French Honor Society, Pedro was an ideal choice as the alumnus guest speaker during the 2015 French and Italian Honor Society induction ceremonies. His remarks proved he remained a leading force in nourishing his peers' curiosity for exploring different cultures as he was highlighted by Ana Fiallo '19 during her own alumnus speech at the 2020 FHS induction ceremony.

Upper School French teacher, Ms. Denisse Cintron shared, "I remain very impressed and proud of Pedro's parcours and all his achievements. Pedro's legacy leaves behind the importance of cultural and educational exchange, and for that I am grateful."

Dean of Students and Middle School Assistant Principal, Garrison Knapp further adds, "Pedro is among our most enthusiastic and internally motivated students to walk the halls of TASIS Dorado. During his years as a student, his goal-oriented mentality led us all to believe his accomplishments would be plentiful...Pedro has yet to disappoint! Always with a smile on his face and love for family and friends in his heart, Pedro's passion for excellence was evident both in the halls and on the field."

After TASIS Dorado, Pedro's journey took him to Northeastern University, where he majored in International Business, with a concentration in Finance and Marketing. During his college years, Pedro spent an influential academic semester in Reims, France studying at the NEOMA Business School. Then, he moved to Paris for six months where he worked at BBVA France as an Investment Banking intern and experienced the world of banking for the first time. Here, he found himself immersed in an exhilarating culture while adapting to new educational and professional environments. Feeling more mature and prepared for future challenges, Pedro returned to finish his senior year at Northeastern with an improved ability to effectively establish genuine relationships and connect with individuals across the globe.

Currently a resident of New York City, Pedro is a Corporate and Investment Banking Senior Analyst for BBVA's Global Client Coverage team. In his role as a Senior Analyst, Pedro is responsible for the relationship management of corporate and institutional U.S. based clients with both a global footprint and over $3 billion in revenue. Pedro finds great reward in his work as he is a true agent of change. He strives to think outside the box, without conforming or limiting himself to merely completing tasks. Pedro further adds, "My voice is heard when I propose non-traditional ideas that will ultimately have a positive impact on our clients. Feeling heard and appreciated is definitely something that feels rewarding and motivates me to keep pushing for more."


Pedro and his family: Brother Jaime '17, dad Pedro and mom Ligia.

REMEMBERING TASIS DORADO

What is your favorite memory of TASIS Dorado?

Listening to Cheo share his awesome anecdotes.

What advice would you offer to today's TASIS Dorado student?

Get involved in as many activities and clubs as possible in order to identify interests that you might have thought you didn't enjoy before. It will help shape you later on in your collegiate and professional careers.

COVID aside, how have your Saturday afternoons changed since being a student at TASIS Dorado?

As a TASIS Dorado student, I would go to the beach in Dorado or Condado with friends and family. Now in New York, I enjoy running in Central Park or along the Hudson River. Afterward, I enjoy eating too much food with friends!

How did TASIS Dorado help prepare you for where you are now?

TASIS helped me develop my current frame of mind: "Strive for Excellence" and never let mediocrity take place!

FINISH THE THOUGHT!

I'm motivated by...

making my family proud.

My biggest passion is...

traveling and exploring new cities and cultures.

If I were a superhero, my superpower would be...

to fly!

Success to me is...

being indefinitely driven and disciplined.

In my profession, it's important...

to establish genuine relationships and always be hungry for more.

Something most people don't know about me...

I appeared in a Vogue magazine in Germany.

One rule to live by...

never conform.

I am amazed by...

how things come to you when you least expect them and when you don't force them.

I feel a strong connection with...

my family and close friends.

In the future, I'd like to...

live in Switzerland.

Written by: Tara McCartney, Alumni Relations

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