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Zach's career in public service began when he served on the South Bend Youth Task Force in the founding cohort. The Youth Task Force is a group of high school students who advocate in the South Bend community for ending youth-on-youth violence.

That experience led to Zach serving as a youth representative on South Bend's Office of Sustainability Green Ribbon Commission. The Commission, in the years Zach was on it, helped the Office form their mission and vision statements to determine the goals of the Office and the future of sustainability in South Bend.

Zach joined scouting at a very young age and worked up the ranks until becoming an Eagle Scout in the fall of 2016. Through his years in the Cub and Boy Scouts, Zach held various leadership positions and earned a numberof merit badges.

For three years, Zach interned with the University of Notre Dame working on the Bowman Creek Educational Ecosystem. The project partnered with neighborhood organizations, area high schools and universities, neighbors, and the city to build sustainable neighborhoods in South Bend. The Bowman Creek project is part of the city's involvement in the national MetroLab network.

In his senior year at James Whitcomb Riley High School, Zach founded the Riley Engineering Ambassador Program. This group of student leaders promoted the school's Project Lead The Way engineering magnet program and provided student ambassadors at school events and recruiting trips to area middle schools. He was one of two students to receive the "Outstanding Engineering Student" award at the end of senior year.

Zach began caddying at the South Bend Country Club in the spring of 2015, and continues to do so when home from school in the summer. He also works in the bag room at the country club in the summer. This experience taught the values of hard work, good communication, attention to detail, and persistence, and eventually landed him the Chick Evans Scholarship for Caddies to study at Purdue University.

Zach is majoring in Political Science and minoring in Computer and Information Technology.

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