Alejandra Serrano, Mission High School
Foodwise Teens, Family Translator, Environmental Stewardship Intern
Alejandra attended Marshall ES and Hoover MS. She was 2 years old when her family migrated from Mexico with the dream of economic and academic opportunities. She is an outstanding writer and grasps complex topics such as, racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, systemic racism, intersectionality, gentrification, generational wealth gaps, and many others. Alejandra is empathetic, kind, fair, hardworking, reflective, and very intellectual. Instead of letting fear immobilize her, she faces it head on and works through it. She is someone who takes action and can apply what she learns to her life. Alejandra has also been proactive in the Black Lives Matter Movement, understanding the connection of the oppression of Black and Latinx people.
Lowell High School
Causa Justa Intern, Family Translator, Caregiver for her sister who has challenges
Studies/Goal: Dietetics and Nutrition
Andrea was born in Guatemala and attended Spring Valley ES and Marina MS. She is proud to be a first generation Afro Latina. Andrea has the ability to keep going despite all that she must carry. She is a student who understands the seriousness of the things we are facing and knows how to remain resilient. Andrea overcomes her struggles and builds upon her strengths. Despite the circumstances, or because of the circumstances, Andrea is clear about who she is and has been and is putting forth her best self.
SF International High School
International Committee, Gay Straight Alliance, LGBT+, Caregiver for niece
Studies/Goal: Medical Assistant or EMT
Andre (as they are called) is a thoughtful student who is good at building relationships. They have overcome many challenges while at school. Andre was raised by their grandmother in El Salvador and was very close to her until she passed away this year. Andre has also been reunifying with their mother, which has been a challenging process. They are always willing to participate and engage with academic material, even when it is challenging. Since 10th grade, Andre has progressed tremendously especially in English.
Ben M Handleman
Ruth Asawa SOTA High School
Cross Country Captain, Mock Trial, SOTA Intersectionality Council
Studies/Goal: Philosophy, Economics, Political Science
Ben was born in Guatemala and attended Dolores Huerta (Fairmount) ES and Hoover MS. Ben is an excellent student and demonstrates a strong commitment to his academic studies. He consistently shows great professionalism and critical thinking skills. Ben assists at implementing lessons that are engaging and have a unique student perspective, making him an important part of enhancing the learning of everyone. Ben has been through a lot during his time in high school and weathered it with a grace and determination far beyond what could reasonably be expected of anyone. Ben is a steady, calming presence in classes. He identifies what’s important and stays focused on that, whether it be school work, a role in a show, or helping a friend. He is unfailingly kind, considerate and thoughtful.
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