North Bay Student Maximus Vega Overcame Huge Obstacles To ExcelIf this Students Rising Above story were a movie, it would probably be more of a buddy film than an action thriller. Either way, it would have two leads, each sharing the role of hero.
UC Berkeley Student Envisions Career Helping People Like Herself Achieve Despite ChallengesFor many students, graduating at the top of their high school class, then getting into their dream college is their top goal. But for Keila Audelina Calderón Ordoñez, success means putting her family and community first.
East Bay Scholar Presses On Through Online Learning; Seeks To Serve CommunityMany students are struggling with the stress that comes with online learning, but Miguel Angel Moya is using this time to reflect on how he can serve his community after graduation. Like most college students in California, Moya is spending his freshman year leaning into his computer for hours online. The 18-year-old human biology major is fatigued.
SRA: Teen's Battle To Keep Siblings Together Leads To Loving Adoptive HomeAndrea Taylor-Alarcón's journey with her new family has been filled with lots of love and special moments but also some heartbreak.
Oakland Scholar Leaves Bay Area Bubble To Discover Chicago Music SceneFor Students Rising Above Scholars, leaving the Bay Area to go to college is nothing new, many do just that. But A'Nya Johnson left her beloved hometown Oakland not just for education but possible future job experience following a passion, her love of music.
Students Rising Above: Balbo High Student Strives To Help CommunityThis week's Students Rising Above scholar is a San Francisco activist who uses education as a way to empower herself and others, with her academic success making a positive impact for communities of color in the Bay Area.
Students Rising Above: Mission High Teen Set Sights On College In AtlantaThis week's Students Rising Above scholar finds his inspiration for academic success close to home, but hopes to attend one very special college back east.
Students Rising Above: San Rafael Scholar Heads To Oxford For StudyThis week's Students Rising Above scholar has achieved amazing academic success here in the United States. Now she is headed to England, inspired by her family's journey and her own love of some very special literary characters.
Students Rising Above: A Look Back at 2020COVID-19 and political and civil strife marked the year 2020 and our SRA coverage has reflected that upheaval. Michelle Griego hosts a special look back.
Vallejo Animator Found Her Passion Despite Numerous HardshipsFor Lucy Lopez, art is an escape and a calling. But it's also a career choice the 19-year-old UC Merced student says she was discouraged from making.
UC Berkeley Grad Draws Comfort, Inspiration From Late Father During Trying TimesLosing a parent is one of the most traumatic events anyone will ever go through. So when Cynthia Ramirez-Parra saw her mother be hospitalized, she turned to what some may see as an unconventional place for comfort, her late father's graveside.
SRA Scholar Applies To California Colleges To Stay Close To Family In San FranciscoLike many high school seniors, San Francisco student Samir Hooker is finishing his last year virtually, studying at home due to COVID-19, while applying to colleges.
Students Rising Above Creates Online Forum With Social Justice FocusWith the COVID-19 pandemic keeping most students isolated from their social support systems, many now need a creative and constructive way to express their feelings about current events.
Oakland Teacher Relies On Personal Experiences To Relate To Her StudentsTeaching is a tough job even in the best of times, but with Covid-19, its challenges can seem overwhelming. Oakland middle school teacher Jasmine Mack understands this all too well.
SRA Scholar Jenny Hoang Bakes Up Comfort and Joy Beyond the ClassroomWhile Students Rising Above scholars are well known to be successful in school and beyond, some have hidden talents. Such was the case for Jenny Hoang who is a whiz when it comes to baking.