This article, written by Beverly Perkins, originally appeared in February 2016 edition of Our City Hollywood.
Hollywood resident and senior at American Heritage School, Alex Baikovitz isn’t the typical teenager who goes to school, does homework and hangs out with friends. He has bigger plans on his agenda. This super student plans on studying mechanical engineering with a focus on business and entrepreneurism. He ultimately wants to create high-tech start-ups in the aerospace engineering and robotics industry. He already accomplished launching a parking app for smart phones with a team at MIT.
When he’s not trying to improve parking problems, he spends most of his time volunteering and being a part of the community. He has done various projects such as food drives, helping the blind, Relay for Life, tutoring and so much more. His outstanding commitment to his community landed him an eight-week paid internship provided by Bank of America last summer.
The Bank of America Charitable Foundation selects only five exceptional high school juniors and seniors for this coveted position in the Bank of America Student Leaders Program at the YMCA of Broward County. The choices are based on the students’ commitment to serving the community and making Broward a better place to live.
These select individuals from Broward County had the opportunity to travel to Washington D.C. to join more than 200 other Bank of America Student Leaders from around the country for a week-long leadership summit. They were able to participate in skill-building workshops, a service learning project, sessions to develop better money spending habits and meet with Members of Congress during their summer term.
“I had the privilege of getting to know Alex through his participation in our Bank of America Student Leaders program. Bank of America has a commitment to fostering the next generation of leaders, and that begins with recognizing exceptional students like Alex. He has already made a mark on his community by feeding the hungry, serving the visually impaired and tutoring youth in Broward County,” said Sandra Juliachs, Fort Lauderdale market manager for Bank of America.
Alex was also recently nominated as a Silver Knight in Business for the 2015-2016 school year. The Miami Herald Silver Knight Awards is one of the nation’s most highly regarded student awards program. Those nominated are recognized for not only being outstanding students who maintain a minimum 3.2 GPA, but who make outstanding efforts contributing to their schools and their communities.