2003 Scholars

Johanna Bonilla

Johanna Bonilla


Johanna BonillaUC DavisJohanna graduated from Life Academy High School.

“I have truly seen Ms. Bonilla grow into a leader who is determined to accomplish her goals. She is a hard working student who has prevailed against obstacles in her life.”

Anabel Arroyo, Undergraduate Mentor
UC Berkeley/FACES for the Future

Tsering Dorjee
Tsering Dorjee
Tsering Dorjee
California State East Bay

Tsering graduated from Far West High School. He is interested in Global Studies and in sharing cultures from around the world. One of his goals is to improve the educational status of Tibetan children.

“Tsering is extremely resilient. He is an exceptional young man who has taken full advantage of every opportunity open to him.”

Heather Payne, Assistant Director,
Mills College Educational Talent Search

Jessica Flores
Jessica Flores
Jessica Flores
University of California, Davis

Jessica graduated from Life Academy. Jessica is currently exploring several career/professional options. She is the first in her family to attend college.

“As a first generation college student, Jessica has accepted the goal of setting a new family path. Jessica is an inspiration to her younger siblings.”

Boun Khamnouane, Activities Director,
East Bay Consortium of Educational Institutions, Inc.

Katie Jay
Katie Jay
Katie Jay
San Jose State University

Katie graduated from Castlemont High School. Katie is pursuing her dream of becoming a doctor and opening up a shelter for battered women, kids and homeless people.

“Katie is determined, bright, tenacious, and curious. She has the energy of someone who believes.”

Jaime Frucht, English Teacher
Castlemont High School

Pearlina C. Martin
Pearlina C. Martin
Pearlina C. Martin
Clark Atlanta College

Pearlina graduated from Far West High School. She is attending Clark Atlanta College and is pursuing her life-long goal of becoming a Civil Rights lawyer.

“Her quiet peaceful manner sets the example for others to follow. Through her community work in Oakland, Pearlina has become a strong advocate for integrity and change in society.”

Bianca DiBatolo, Department Head
Far West High School

Beatriz Torres
Beatriz Torres
Beatriz Torres
University of California, Santa Cruz

Beatriz graduated from Life Academy. She recently came to the U.S. from El Salvador, working her way out of bilingual classes and onto the honor roll. She is currently pursuing her dream of getting a college education.

“Beatriz came to this country while she was in middle school and immediately determined to master the language and seek opportunities for success.”

Laura Flaxman, Principal
Life Academy