Sean is a Senior at Pioneer High School and for the last two years President of the Robotics Club in which he was unanimously elected by his peers and has over doubled the size of the club. He has also been a Youth Task Force Commissioner in which he is the voice of his peers in the County by reviewing policies, initiatives and designing recommendations on issues as they relate to children and youth. Sean will be attending Santa Clara University in the Fall with a major in Computer Engineering.
Julia is a Senior at Leland High School and seems well on her way to make a difference in the world around her. With a major in Political Science and/or Social Justice Julia is ready to make a change as either a teacher, lobbyist or activist. Her recommendation from her teacher really sums up Julia - “Julia is an exceptional student who has actually made me a better teacher as I have striven to attain for myself, the same high goals she sets for herself.”
Sharon is a Senior at Leland High School with a sincere love for her community. As a junior, Sharon joined the team at YiYing Medical Clinic where she has been an autism support volunteer. She was also accepted as an intern in the Clinical Neuroscience at Stanford Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences to increase her knowledge of mental illness. Additionally, she was accepted into the Science Internship program at UCSC to conduct psychological research on racial attitudes. With all of her work she has a deeper understanding on why more kids are suffering from anxiety and mental health.
Mikaela is a Senior at Notre Dame High School. For all four years, she has been actively involved in Students Against Modern Slavery club where she is currently President. It is her passion to prevent human trafficking by raising social consciousness and education of her community. She created the Hummingbird Project website which includes a series of comprehensive video interviews with experts, government officials and advocates this is an impressive project, just like Mikaela, spreading awareness across the community and beyond.
Nicole, a Senior at Notre Dame High School, is a true role model. As the leader of Students Against Destructive Decisions she presents curriculum to middle school students about healthy decision making. She also is a member of the JW House where she provides comfort for home away from home families facing medical crisis. Nicole also filters her leadership qualities at school as well where she is the Team Captain of the Swim Team. Her positive energy is contagious and others look up to her as the rock of the team.
Arya is a Senior at Bellermine College Preparatory. What stands out about Arya is his dedication to the community. He is deeply involved with Sunday Friends where he has been designated as the Computer Coach. He met with the administration and initiated change within the workshops to focus on work and study skills. He is currently reprogramming all of the hardware and software to support those workshops and the teens and adults at Sunday Friends. He is on his way with a major in Computer Science, Computer Engineering or Electrical Engineering.