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San Francisco Teen Scholar's Bout With Homelessness Solidifies Her School, Work Ethic
Bay Area Scholars Shine At Students Rising Above Gala In San FranciscoStudents, parents and donors to the Students Rising Above program gathered at the Ritz Carlton in San Francisco last week for the annual gala to celebrate the students' achievements. 
Bay Area Scholar Engineers His Way Toward College Admission Amid Family InstabilityFabian Moreno is a tinkerer. The 17-year-old high school senior is recycling yogurt cups and cardboard tubes into a toy helicopter. It's a skill Moreno says he has been honing since childhood.
South Bay Student Overcomes Family Troubles To Mentor OthersA San Jose high school senior has overcome a troubled home life to excel in school and become a mentor to other students.
Parents' Sacrifices Drive South Bay Student's AchievementsChristian Ramirez Gonzalez always puts his best foot forward. The high school senior at Luis Valdez Leadership Academy in San Jose is student body president, team captain for both cross country and track and field, and last but not least, a left back on the soccer team. He's an overachiever with purpose.
East Bay Scholar Helping Others Achieve On His Way To College DreamAlejandro Garibo is a math whiz and calculus tutor, patiently guiding fellow students as a way of paying it forward for how he has been helped along.
Oakland Scholar Hones Leadership Skills At School, At HomeVeronica Cañas is a natural born leader, although she admits she didn't always see herself in that role.
UC Merced Student's Leadership Skills Honed From Family ExperiencesThe students stomp, step and sashay across the small dance studio located on the University of California Merced campus. At the center of it all is sophomore Curtavia Gill, founder and coach of the UC Merced's first step team.
Bay Area Woman's Childhood Tragedy Helps Drive Her Career Success In TechFor two decades Students Rising Above has been helping young people like Veronica Toscano get into college and find careers. At a recent panel discussion hosted by Autodesk, Toscano took to the stage and told a story from her childhood that shocked the room.
San Jose College Student Reflects On Family Hardships As She Forges AheadSharing a simple, yet important family tradition reminds a San Jose college student that she takes nothing for granted as she achieves scholarly success.
Following Mother's Cancer Diagnosis, Bay Area Student Pursues Career In MedicineA Bay Area college student's recent internship at Stanford's Canary Center cancer research facility holds special appeal.
Bay Area 1st Generation College Student's Background Helping Him ExcelA Bay Area man has taken his experiences as a young immigrant to help him excel as a first-generation college student.