Meet the Students
Crenshaw High School
Bernardo Torres, 16, is currently a junior at Crenshaw High School. One of Bernardo’s favorite subjects in school is Spanish. He wishes to attend UCLA after high school, where he hopes to major in Communications and minor in Spanish.
Carolina Gallardo, 16, is a junior at Crenshaw High School. In her leisure time, Carolina likes to read novels. Her favorite book is “Always Running” by Luis Rodriguez. After high school, she plans to attend a California university.
Emily Ramos, 17, is currently a junior at Crenshaw Senior High School. She has a passion for helping others in need and plans to attend UCLA where she will pursue her love of journalism, major in Communications and minor in Spanish.
Brian Castellanos, 16, is a sophomore at Crenshaw High School, where he most enjoys history and English. He is looking forward to attending a university in California after graduation.
Darius Blackwell, 16, is a student at Crenshaw High School.
Locke Senior High School
Miguel Sosa, 16, is a junior at Locke Senior High School. He joined the Council of Youth Research hoping to bring change to his school and make improvements to what is still being overlooked. Miguel balances life and community involvement with his active sports life -- running track and playing soccer.
Yaracet Villalobos, 18, is senior at Locke Senior High School. She has been a member of the Council of Youth Research for two years, becoming more involved with often-ignored problems in her community. Now, as she prepares to head to Wellesley College in Massachusetts, Yaracet plans to continue community work at the Watts Youth Collective.
Dimitri Meighan, 16, is a sophomore at Locke Senior High School. He first joined the Council of Youth Research because he wanted something to do afterschool but, after the first day, he was 100 percent invested in the council’s work. Dimitri enjoys playing video games and likes to hang out with friends.
Gregorio Arenas, 18, is a senior at Locke Senior High School. Gregorio initially joined the Council of Youth Research out of curiosity, but it has led him to become more involved in his community. He has since joined the Watts Youth Collective and will attend UC Santa Cruz this fall.
Elizabeth Herrera, 17, is a senior at Locke Senior High School. Elizabeth’s appetite for change in her school and community led her to join the Council of Youth Research, where she has played a vital role in exposing flaws in her school that were hidden from the public. She is also a member of the Watts Youth Collective and will continue studying school reform at the University of San Francisco this fall.
Roosevelt High School
Elizabeth “Liz” Torres, 17, is a senior at Roosevelt High School. Liz is the captain of the water polo team and a member of many other clubs at her school. She will be attending Wellesley College in Massachusetts this fall.
Magdalena “Maggie” Ceja, 16, is a junior at Roosevelt High school and a member of the Cultural Knowledge Awareness, Amnesty International, United Students, the decathlon club and more.
Evelyn Flores, 16, is a junior at Roosevelt High School. She is a member of the tennis team and TELACU Talent Search program. She also participates in other extra curricular activities.
Oscar Mojica, 17, is a junior at Roosevelt High School. He is a football player there. He loves AMERICA!!
Esthefanie “Esthef” Solano, 16, is a junior at Roosevelt High School. She is a member of various campus clubs, including United Students, Inner City Struggle, Cultural Knowledge Awareness/Amnesty International and Decathlon.
Alexa Santana, 17, is a student a Roosevelt High School.
Wilson Senior High School
Moses Sanchez, 17, is a junior at Woodrow Wilson Senior High School. Moses became involved in the Council of Youth Research in order to expand his knowledge about real-life problems. He likes to draw, sketch and paint in his spare time with his Ryman Arts classmates.
Isaac Jimenez, 18, is a senior at Woodrow Wilson Senior High School. Isaac has been involved in the Council of Youth Research because he wants to see changes at his school and wants everyone to have all of the materials needed to receive a proper education and lifestyle. He likes to use technology.
Zuri Morales, 18, is a senior at Woodrow Wilson Senior High School. Zuri has been involved in the Council of Youth Research for two and a half years. She loves the council because it has helped her learn a lot about herself and realize that youth can make a difference. She enjoys watching sunsets and working with kids.
Erick Palacio, 16, is a junior at Woodrow Wilson Senior High School. Erick is involved in the Council of Youth Research because it allows him to inform his community about the economic crisis. He likes to draw and play basketball.
Dilcia Gomez, 17, is a senior at Woodrow Wilson Senior High School. She is involved in the Council of Youth Research because she wants to make a difference with her opinions. She likes to play softball and relax.
Manual Arts High School
Jaqui Herrera, 16, is a junior at Manual Arts Senior High School. One thing that people do not really know is that Jaqui loves to watch football.
Rebecca Torres, 18, is a senior at Manual Arts High School. Rebecca is excited to head up north, where she will begin attending UC Santa Cruz this fall. One of her favorite things to do is spend time with family.
Richard McClain, 17, is a senior at Manual Arts High School. Because of the terrible U.S. economy, Richard will be attending a community college this fall before transferring to a University of California or California State University school. The most fun thing about him is his personality and great sense of humor.
Maurice Marjee McCoy, 18, is a senior attending Manual Arts High School. Maurice comes from a big family, to say the least. He has 18 brothers and sisters! Having such a large family shaped him as a person. Because he has so many siblings, Maurice became very patient and tolerant and a chronic jokester.
Gabriela “Gaby” Dominguez, 17, is a Mexican-American senior at Manual Arts High School. Gaby is excited to be the first in her family to graduate from high school and go to college. She will be attending the University of Southern California this fall. She is committed to success and changing her community through education.Aaron Armstrong, 17, is a student at Manual Arts High School.