Honoring Mrs. Gina Zhang
Board of Regents and Global Programs Advisor
La Salle College Preparatory is excited to announce the return of the school's annual Crystal Ball Award and Scholarship Dinner, to be held on Friday, May 13, 2022.
The Crystal Ball Award and Scholarship Dinner serve as La Salle's signature event, dedicated to developing and supporting many of the school's important initiatives and scholarships. This year's theme is "Together We Shine," celebrating La Salle College Preparatory's diverse and inclusive community, the end of the pandemic, and our unity as a school team of parents, colleagues, faculty, staff, and partners, friends, and family.
The Crystal Ball also serves as a symbol of the importance of service and giving back to the community. In recognition of her outstanding service and commitment to La Salle College Preparatory, we are thrilled to share that Mrs. Gina Zhang has been selected as our 2022 Crystal Ball Honoree. As an extraordinary member of our community, Gina holds a committee leadership position on the Board of Regents, advising the school president on issues of global perspectives, cultural education, and cultural consciousness.
Gina comes from an immigrant family and knows first-hand the complexities of immigration, the demands of learning a second language, and the difficulty of parental leadership across cultural divides. She works hard at eliminating social and cultural barriers that might keep La Salle families and students from reaching their fullest potential. She's an advocate for developing support systems for all immigrant families so that they can fully participate in school life.
Gina was born and raised in the beautiful Inner Mongolia grasslands of China. Her father, a doctor, and her mother, a housewife, taught Gina a great love of service, compassion, and empathy for healing the wounds, hearts, and minds of others. As a doctor, Gina's father showed her what great love and compassion looked like through his medical work healing the wounded, rescuing the dying, and demonstrating empathy for consoling the suffering. At a young age, Gina learned her first lessons of love, compassion, and service to others from her parents as she saw first-hand through their actions the spirit and dedication of serving and helping others. The images of her fortunate childhood remain imprinted in her mind and still guide her actions today.
As a young girl, Gina was surrounded by the animal husbandry economy and cashmere industry. Gina learned the day-to-day agricultural discipline of caring for animals and livestock and the relationship between caring for animals and the interdependence of feeding a large population of people.