Meet the Goldberg Scholars from Previous Cohorts

2019 Goldberg Scholars

Amanda Abeja, KIPP Texas San Antonio
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Amanda Abeja

University of Pennsylvania

KIPP Texas Public Schools — San Antonio Alumna

Amanda is an alumna of KIPP University Prep High School in San Antonio. She is passionate about foreign relations between the U.S. and Latin American countries, and she hopes to one day work for the U.S. Foreign Services Department. During her time at KIPP University Prep, Amanda exhibited her leadership capabilities as president of NHS and manager of the track team, and her extensive involvement as a school ambassador. As school ambassador, Amanda gave more than 100 tours to visitors ranging from potential donors to low-income, non-English-speaking families.

Vanessa Alvarez Reyes, KIPP Bay Area
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Vanessa Alvarez Reyes

University of California, Davis

KIPP Bay Area Public Schools Alumna

Vanessa is an alumna of KIPP San Jose Collegiate. During her time in high school, Vanessa regularly translated for students and volunteered at her local library to encourage teen literacy. She also joined the dance and volleyball teams, participated in the yearbook, and served as president of the Hoodie Club. An aspiring engineer, Vanessa is passionate about amplifying her voice with the hope that more women will break through gender barriers in STEM.

Roy Antoine, KIPP Memphis
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Roy Antoine

Washington University in St. Louis

KIPP Memphis Collegiate Schools Alumnus

Roy is an incoming freshman at Washington University in St. Louis, where he plans to study mechanical engineering. Coming from KIPP Memphis Collegiate High School, Roy has an impressive record of academic and extracurricular achievements—not only was he Valedictorian of his class, but he also juggled a demanding job outside of school and led his school’s marching band.

Savana Bradford, KIPP Bay Area
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Savana Bradford

University of California, Davis

KIPP Bay Area Public Schools Alumna

Savana is a graduate of KIPP San Francisco College Preparatory. She is passionate about one day helping troubled youth and other underserved populations as a psychologist. Eventually, Savana hopes to create a nonprofit that offers aid to low-income communities. She is a devoted leader on and off campus, serving as freshman class president and a teacher’s assistant at KIPP, and participating in Stanford’s Summer Math and Science Honors (SMASH) program and Columbia University’s Girls In Stem Initiative. To reach her goal of providing mental health services to those in need, Savana plans to obtain bachelor’s and master’s degrees in psychology.

Elmer Cruz, KIPP Texas Houston
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Elmer Cruz

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

KIPP Texas Public Schools — Houston Alumnus

Elmer is an incoming freshman at MIT. He plans to earn a degree in electrical engineering, and one day start an organization that helps underserved students realize their unlimited potential. At the Awty International School in Houston, Elmer centered his extracurricular activities around helping others, from serving as VP of a peer-tutoring club to consistently playing the keyboard at his church, and advocating for low-income students to have more access to technology at his school.

Joshua Edwards KIPP Tulsa
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Joshua Edwards

Jackson State University

KIPP Tulsa Alumnus

Joshua graduated from Washington High School in Tulsa. During his time in high school, Joshua was VP of the Senior Class Board, Trombone section leader, and an active volunteer at his church. He also became a radio personality at the Juice Radio Show, where he discovered his passion for changing the media’s portrayal of people of color. He plans to one day become a broadcast journalist for a major network to help eliminate social inequities in media coverage. Due to his extensive community involvement, Joshua won the “Mr. Hornet Award,” which acknowledges academic, characteristic, and extracurricular achievement.

Nayeli Garcia, KIPP Texas Austin
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Nayeli Garcia

University of Texas at Austin

KIPP Texas Public Schools — Austin Alumna

Nayeli is a KIPP Austin Collegiate alumna. During her time in high school, she volunteered to teach kids about science at a local children’s museum and learned coding skills through Kode with Klossy. Nayeli also served as president of NHS, chief of staff at Science NHS, and manager of the volleyball team. These experiences inspired Nayeli to pursue a career at the intersection of STEM and education, and she plans to study genetics in college to reach that goal.

Yodit Goshu, KIPP Texas Houston
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Yodit Goshu

Howard University

KIPP Texas Public Schools — Houston Alumna

Yodit is an alumna of KIPP Houston High School. She is eager to pursue a career as a pharmacist to help underserved communities access medicine. Yodit has already started improving the lives of others, logging more than 170 hours of volunteer work at local hospitals and other community organizations. In high school, she served as the manager of her school’s dance team, and VP of Finance for the Student Body Association. Her dedication to create change has led her to serve as the 2020-2021 Executive Treasurer for the College of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences student council at Howard University. In recognition of Yodit’s intense mission to acquire knowledge, she received the Advisory Award for Hunger.

Zhi Jian Liang, KIPP Bay Area
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Zhi Jian Liang

University California, San Diego

KIPP Bay Area Public Schools Alumnus

Zhi attended high school at KIPP King Collegiate High School near San Francisco. After immigrating to the United States from China, Zhi taught himself how to code and immediately fell in love with technology. He plans to study computer science in college and eventually teach the subject to students in low-income communities with access to computer science courses. In high school, Zhi worked a part-time job, while excelling as a runner on the cross-country team and serving as a senior mentor with the KIPP King Senior Mentors program. Zhi has approached his plethora of activities with a smile on his face, earning him the “We Need Your Smile Award” for his outstanding attitude.

Marilyn Nguyen, KIPP Bay Area
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Marilyn Nguyen

Duke University

KIPP Bay Area Public Schools Alumna

Marilyn is a KIPP San Jose Collegiate alumna and is part of Duke University Class of 2023. At Duke, Marilyn is on the Pre-Health track intending to pursue a career as a pharmacist. In the future, she hopes to make health services accessible to low-income families and improve healthcare systems and is interested in graphic design on the Adobe platforms and Procreate. During her time in high school, Marilyn served two terms as Co-President of Interact Club which is a community service club that fosters leadership and aims to make a change on a local and global scale such as raising money to address issues of child marriage and human trafficking. Marilyn was also her class representative during her senior year and helped organize school events in addition to being her school’s resident calligraphist.

Jerylee Perez, KIPP LA
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Jerylee Perez

University of California, Los Angeles

KIPP LA Public Schools Alumna

Jerylee is a KIPP Los Angeles alumna. At KIPP, Jerylee made her mark as junior class president and editor-in-chief of the yearbook. She is passionate about telling the often untold stories of women of color in her community, and she has channeled this interest through her work at Las Fotos, where she uses photography to empower women from disadvantaged communities. Jerylee also co-founded Las Chicas Chulas, an organization that addresses the stigma of being a woman of color through photography. To further her interest in telling stories about powerful women of color, Jerylee intends to study journalism in college and eventually pursue a career in that field.

Edward Ramirez, KIPP Texas Houston
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Edward Ramirez

Georgetown University

KIPP Texas Public Schools — Houston Alumnus

Edward is a graduate of KIPP Houston High School. In addition to serving as VP of his class and co-captain of the dance team, Edward founded his school’s Gay-Straight Alliance to create a safe space for the LGBTQ community, and volunteered at a local elementary school. He is also a talented artist, earning the YES! Magazine Powerful Voice Essay award and the KIPP Krew Co-Ed Varsity Male Dancer of the Year distinction. Edward is passionate about using business as a force for good in low-income communities, and he plans to study business and marketing in college to further that interest.

Destiny Romaine, KIPP NYC
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Destiny Romaine

Franklin & Marshall College

KIPP NYC Public Schools Alumna

Destiny is a KIPP NYC College Prep alumna and an incoming freshman at Franklin & Marshall College. During her time in high school, she danced at the Applause Arts Foundation and acted in spring musicals. Destiny also participated in a pre-college psychology course at University of Notre Dame, where she realized her passion for working with children who have experienced trauma. In college, she plans to study developmental psychology and one day earn her master’s degree in psychology to become a certified child therapist.

Deanrea Sykes, KIPP Tulsa
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Deanrea Sykes

Howard University

KIPP Tulsa Alumnus

Deanrea is an alumnus of Washington High School in Tulsa and is an incoming freshman at Howard University. An aspiring civil rights attorney, Deanrea is committed to learning about African American history and socio-economic disparities, with the hope of eventually achieving justice for people of color in the courtroom. He plans to major in African American History and double minor in Pre-Law and Social Justice at Howard University. During his time in high school, Deanrea served as class president, captain of the marching band, and volunteered more than 200 hours at his church and local hospital.

Alexia Umanzor, KIPP Bay Area
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Alexia Umanzor

University of California, Berkeley

KIPP Bay Area Public Schools Alumna

Alexia is an alumna of KIPP San Francisco College Preparatory. During her time in high school, she participated in Stanford’s Summer Math and Science Honors program, the Girls in STEM initiative at Columbia University, and her school’s robotics club. Through these activities, Alexia discovered her passion for STEM. She hopes to study computer science and electrical engineering in college, and one day help more women of color and low-income students thrive in STEM. In recognition of Alexia’s accomplishments, she was selected as the “Phoenix of the Year” at her school for exemplifying grit, joy, community, and excellence.

2018 Goldberg Scholars

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Adedunmola Adewale

Bowdoin College

KIPP Massachusetts Alumna 

Born in Nigeria, Adedunmola “Praise” Adewale came to the United States at the beginning of her freshman year of high school, where her family settled in Lynn, Massachusetts. Adedunmola joined KIPP Academy Lynn Collegiate her sophomore year. She is currently a Junior at Bowdoin College, where she is double majoring in Biochemistry and Sociology. Throughout her college career, Adedunmola has been a pillar in her community. She’s the leader of the FemPower Club that provides campus-wide awareness against gender-based violence and womanhood experience. She’s the House Chair of a college house where she organizes campus-wide events and Programmings, and she’s a student researcher studying Helicobacter pylori function in the human body to find new therapeutic ways. She aspires to be a Cardiothoracic Surgeon.

Elizabeth Agbedun
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Elizabeth Agbedun

Mount Holyoke College

KIPP Massachusetts alumna

Elizabeth Agbedun just completed her second year of college. She’s double majoring in Neuroscience and Psychology while also on the pre-med track. After graduation, she plans to attend graduate school and pursue a medical career. She’s very passionate about racial and gender issues so she plans to use her career to combat these issues. She is on the board of multiple black student organizations on her campus. Elizabeth works with others to help create a safe space for black identities at Mount Holyoke College.

Jaliwa Albright
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Jaliwa Albright

Duke University

KIPP Metro Atlanta Schools Alumnus

Jaliwa is an alumnus of KIPP Metro Atlanta Schools and Paideia High School. He was the recipient of his high school’s Headmaster’s award and one of two students selected for the prestigious Governor’s Honors Program. Passionate about sustainability, he recently launched a self-sustaining community garden at an affordable housing complex in Edgewood. He was also the Editor-in-Chief of the school newspaper “The Forum”, the Track and Field Varsity Captain, and the former captain of the Debate Team. He is currently a freshman at Duke University where he is eager to work on big projects and build his leadership skills.

Gerardo Alvarez
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Gerardo Alvarez

Stanford University

KIPP LA Schools Alumnus

Gerardo is an alumnus of KIPP LA Public Schools and Alliance Marc and Eva Stern Math and Science School. His passion for mathematics, along with his background in repairing automobiles, has prompted him to pursue an engineering major in college. In his community, he is a trusted advocate and leader. At just ten years old, he helped his parents purchase their first home, which included setting up an appointment, negotiation on price, and translating contracts from English to Spanish. He is a freshman attending Stanford University in hopes of obtaining not only a bachelor’s degree but as well as a master’s degree.

Jacquelyn Arroyo
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Jacquelyn Arroyo

Bryn Mawr College

KIPP Houston Public Schools Alumna

Jacquelyn is a KIPP Generations Collegiate alumna. She is a first-generation student who aspires to empower her community through law and policy, and plans to pursue immigration law after college and become a U.S. Senator. She is already well on her way there and has taken on numerous leadership opportunities as a POSSE scholar, as president of her high school’s National Honor Society, as captain of the varsity soccer team, as president of a women’s empowerment club called IGNITE, and expanding her horizons traveling abroad during her junior year. She is currently a freshman at Bryn Mawr College, double majoring in English and Political Science with a minor in Mathematics.

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Airam Cruz

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

KIPP NYC Alumnus

Born in the US and raised in the Dominican Republic (DR), Airam lived in the DR for 8 years before returning back to the US and settling in New York City. With a passion for continuous learning, Airam hopes is pursuing degrees in Industrial Management, Systems Engineering and Economics at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. As an executive member of the Gamma Tau chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha and captain of the club basketball team, Airam has shown his leadership skills inside and out of classroom.

Jessica De Los Santos
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Jessica De Los Santos

Williams College

KIPP Massachusetts Alumna

Jessica is an alumna of KIPP Academy Lynn Collegiate. Passionate about content creation and Afro-Caribbean culture, she has pursued artistic opportunities to choreograph for Ritmo Latino, study Latinx art history and Caribbean music, and exhibit her own large-scale art installations at Williams College. Eager to build community coalitions, Jessica has led digital marketing efforts for Black Previews (the first, student-ran program for admitted students of color) and SoCA — the Caribbean student organization. She is a junior at Williams College majoring in American Studies with a specialization in Comparative Studies in Race, Ethnicity, and Diaspora and a concentration in Latina/o Studies. In the past year, she conducted a research project on the intersection of Race and Beauty Standards with the non-profit MUDE in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and interned for Article 22, an ethically sourced jewelry line. As a first generation student of Afro-Dominican descent, she is ecstatic to be the first in her family to attend a private, liberal arts college and wants to gain more experience in digital marketing, communications, e-commerce and entrepreneurship.

Maleah Densby
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Maleah Densby

Duke University

KIPP Bay Area Schools Alumna

Maleah is a KIPP San Francisco College Preparatory alumna. She is a rising junior at Duke University and is majoring in Sociology with a minor in Chemistry and Japanese on the Pre-Med track. She is a Cardea Fellow, a member of Nakisai African Dance Ensemble, and Future Is Now on campus. She is passionate about working in the medical field and is apart of the 2020 Reimagine Medicine Cohort, an innovative humanities summer fellowship for pre-health students. Maleah aspires to one day become a surgeon, making the healthcare system more equitable for people of color along the way.

Khoa Doan
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Khoa Doan

Harvard University

KIPP Bay Area Schools Alumnus

Khoa is a KIPP San Jose Collegiate alumnus. He grew up in Vietnam and moved to San Jose when he was fifteen years old. He is interested in pursuing a career that couples his interests in environmental chemistry and public health. He spent the summer of 2017 as a research intern at Stanford where he focused on stormwater treatment, developing findings that will help inform future filtration systems. Khoa has served as Vice President of Key Club and as a volunteer at his local library for 3 years to support his high school and community through various fundraising events and tutoring programs. Khoa is now a freshman at Harvard University.

Citlaly Fierro
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Citlaly Fierro

Colorado State University, Fort Collins

KIPP Colorado Schools Alumna 

Citlaly Fierro is a KIPP Denver Collegiate High School alumnus. During her time in high school, she realized that she had a deep passion for social activism and now aspires to make an impact through public health. During her sophomore year, Citlaly was a part of two programs “WHY” and “STAMP”. The two programs focus on amplifying and unifying the voices of students of color in Denver Public Schools. She has worked relentlessly to grow as a leader, student, and person. Citlaly is a freshman at Colorado State University-Fort Collins.

Joshua Fitzgerald
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Joshua Fitzgerald

Tufts University

KIPP Baltimore Alumnus

Joshua is an alumnus of KIPP Baltimore and Gilman High School in Baltimore, MD. His leadership extends beyond the classroom and deep into his community, as a former member of Gilman’s Black Awareness Club, a volunteer for the Bridges Baltimore program, and a tutor for younger students at Boys Hope Girls Hope in Baltimore.  He is now a freshman at Tufts University, where he’s majoring in engineering. Joshua plans to continue to give back to help young people in Baltimore succeed.

Anaid Garcia
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Anaid Garcia

Mount Holyoke College

KIPP LA Schools Alumna

Anaid is a KIPP LA Public Schools and The Waverly School alumna, a competitive, independent high school in Pasadena, CA. Anaid’s interest in computer science has led her to start La Niña, a non-profit organization whose mission is to empower young Latinas, contest the patriarchy of male-dominated careers, and expose girls to careers that they potentially have never been exposed to. She started her non-profit at KIPP LA Prep in Boyle Heights where she teaches a group of fifteen fifth-graders how to code using Scratch. Anaid is a freshman studying computer science at Mount Holyoke College.

Metztli Garcia
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Metztli Garcia

University of California, Los Angeles

KIPP LA Schools Alumna

Metztli is a KIPP LA alumna and Mendez High School alumna who now attends the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She is determined to make a positive impact for students in higher education, especially those who have been in the foster care system and dealt with incarceration. As a former foster youth, she knows the challenges so many children and young adults face and is dedicated to being an advocate for those who may not have a voice or platform to speak on the issue. She dreams of one day becoming a political representative for her community and plans to create her own non-profit organization to provide the resources and mentorship many students seek. Metztli is currently developing her skills to do so as a Talent Acquisition Intern for Foster America, the Vice President of Lambda Theta Alpha, and the Vice President of Recruitment for the Latino Business Student Association.

Rodrigo Garcia
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Rodrigo Garcia

Duke University

KIPP Colorado Schools Alumnus 

Rodrigo is an alumnus of KIPP Denver Collegiate High School and a freshman at Duke University. He is interested in pursuing a degree in computer engineering. Rodrigo was a member of the varsity soccer team and since 2014, has also played club soccer through C.A.S.A. He is a hard worker and quick study, developing customer service and technical skills at his family’s automotive business. As the oldest of four siblings, Rodrigo will be the first in his family to go to college.

Cedric Garrett
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Cedric Garrett

Murray State College

KIPP Houston Public Schools Alumnus

Cedric is a KIPP Sunnyside High School alumnus. Throughout his years in high school, Cedric exhibited leadership in more ways than one. His leadership as the captain of KIPP Sunnyside’s basketball team and participation in the Unfamiliar Talent Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) has helped him make the Texas Christian Athletic League 1st Team All-State, also winning the first ever KIPP Sunnyside state championship. Not only does Cedric have a passion for basketball, but he also has a passion for science and business. He attends Murray State College where he’s a part of the Men’s basketball team, studying science, and looking forward to furthering his career in basketball.

Horus Hernandez
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Horus Hernandez

University of Houston

KIPP Houston Public Schools Alumnus

Horus is a rising junior who is majoring in finance and accounting. He loves learning about financial markets, corporate strategy, budgeting, and investing. Consequently, he has explored these interests by interning within asset management and FP&A roles. Additionally, he helped co-found the first undergraduate investment club in his college. After he graduates, he is excited to start his career in finance while helping new generations of students prepare for careers in business.

Sharmely Lopez
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Sharmely Lopez

Colorado College

KIPP NYC Alumna

Sharmely is an alumna of KIPP NYC College Prep High School. She is currently a freshman attending Colorado College. She aspires to volunteer as a Community Youth Worker through the Peace Corps after college and plans on either returning to KIPP as a KIPP Through College Counselor or pursuing a career in journalism. She is passionate about using her voice to make a positive impact on the world. Sharmely is a member of the Robin Hood Teen Council and is Co-Captain of Dreamspeak, her school’s spoken word team.

Jannina Martinez
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Jannina Martinez

Duke University

KIPP Houston Public Schools Alumna

Jannina is a proud and present alumna of KIPP Northeast College Preparatory High School in Houston, TX. She currently attends Duke University where she’s held an executive position in Mi Gente – the Latinx Organization on campus and tutored students in the Durham community and taught in a New Orleans teaching fellow program. After graduation she hopes to get a masters in Clinical/Educational Psychology  to promote wellness and mental health awareness in the communities she grew up in.

Jonathan Meija
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Jonathan Mejia

Georgetown University

KIPP Massachusetts Alumnus

Jonathan is a KIPP Academy Lynn Collegiate alumnus in Massachusetts. He has served as the Student Body President and advocated for greater awareness and protection of KIPP’s LGBT community. He is eager to pursue a career as a civil rights lawyer. Attending Georgetown University, he is majoring in sociology. While at Georgetown, he also hopes to study abroad, join the Georgetown University’s Queer People of Color, and continue to explore the intersectionality of different identities.  

Anika Mittal
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Anika Mittal

University of Missouri at Kansas City

KIPP Delta Public Schools

Anika Mittal is a KIPP Blytheville Collegiate High School alumna. Anika has been a leader in her community and is ready to continue her leadership through the Goldberg Scholars Program. Her goal is to become a physician and return to her community in the Delta to provide needed medical care. Anika is a freshman at the University of Missouri at Kansas City studying Biology.

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Rachael Murdock

Pomona College

KIPP Delta Public Schools Alumna

Rachael is a freshman at Pomona College. Rachael has a passion for writing, film, and theatre and is excited to use these platforms to explore the stories of people who have been underrepresented in the media. She is eager to learn the art of storytelling and looks forward to pursuing a career in this field post-college. She is deeply involved in her school community where she is a member of the Birmingham Aids Outreach Youth Advisory Council, member of the Gender and Sexuality Alliance, member of the Young Democrats and member of Amnesty International.

Kayla Perry
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Kayla Perry

Hendrix College

KIPP Delta Public Schools Alumna

Kayla is a KIPP Blytheville Collegiate High School alumna in Arkansas. She was a student ambassador and served as a peer leader, mentoring and inspiring younger KIPPsters. In 2017 she received KIPP Delta’s Beyond Z Award, recognizing her strength of character to go above and beyond, both inside and outside the classroom. In 2016 she traveled to Uganda as part of a community service trip and volunteered at Malayaka House, a home for orphaned and abandoned children and young adults. It is there that Kayla discovered her passion for supporting children and is interested in pursuing a career in child psychology. She is a freshman at Hendrix College.

Miguel Reyna
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Miguel Reyna

Vanderbilt University

KIPP Nashville Alumnus

Miguel is an alumnus at KIPP Nashville Collegiate High School and is currently a freshman at Vanderbilt Peabody College of Education. He is passionate about teaching and looks forward to one day educating students in underserved communities. He is part of the Collegiate Ambassador Program and Co-Founder of the Just Mercy Book Club, a group dedicated to fighting injustices in the community.

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Breon Robinson

Duke University

KIPP DC

Breon Robinson is a KIPP DC College Preparatory alumnus. Breon is a rising junior at Duke University majoring in African &  African American Studies (concentrating in the Americas) with a minor in Visual & Media Studies. His passion is the Arts. On campus, Breon is involved in Nakisai African Dance Ensemble and Hoof ‘n’ Horn, the South’s oldest student-run musical theater organization. In addition, Breon is a SPIRE (STEM Pathways for Inclusion, Readiness, and Excellence) affiliate. Upon graduation, Breon plans to acquire his MBA from Business school in Data Analytics or Business Administration. His plan is to work in STEM to break down the barriers that affect African American men in STEM fields.

 

Alejandra Rueles
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Alejandra Ruelas

University of California, Berkeley

KIPP LA Public Schools Alumna 

Alejandra is from South Los Angeles and a KIPP LA Public Schools and USC Hybrid High School alumna in Los Angeles, CA. Alejandra has a passion for science and studies Biological Sciences at UC Berkeley. Her passion for medicine developed during an intensive pre-college summer program at Johns Hopkins University where she took Biology and Medicine courses. As a first-generation college student, Alejandra hopes to use her college education to make a positive multi-generational change in her community of South Los Angeles.

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Phuc “Simon” Ta

Yale University

KIPP Houston Public Schools

Simon is a senior at KIPP Houston High School and Valedictorian of his class. He is currently a freshman at Yale University. He is interested in pursuing a career in the biomedical or engineering field and has a keen interest in learning about how 3D printing can be applied in various fields. He served on the Student Government as class President and is a team leader for the Vietnamese Eucharistic Youth Society, helping to teach younger children about Vietnamese culture and the Catholic faith. He is a member of the St. Cecelia choir and has a deep interest in music and the arts.

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Andrea Tecpoytl

University of San Diego

KIPP San Diego Alumna

An activist, Andrea has advocated for Dreamers nationwide. Andrea plans to earn her Master’s degree in order to accomplish her ultimate goal of opening a non-profit organization that helps immigrants and the undocumented community. Andrea found her passion for activism when she advocated for the Dream Act in Washington, D.C. During her time there, she met with Congress to push for legislation that would provide a permanent solution to protect Dreamers. Andrea is a freshman at the University Of San Diego.

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Delton Utsey

Washington University

KIPP St. Louis  Alumnus 

Delton is an alumnus of KIPP St Louis Public Schools and Saint Louis University High School. He aspires to make a lifelong impact on the city of St Louis through policy and entrepreneurship. He is passionate about bringing together people of different socioeconomic and racial backgrounds, and has led multiple student organizations that aim to create dialogue on issues of race and social justice.  At his high school, he was also the President of the Chinese Club, and a Varsity Sprinter for the Track and Field Team. Delton is a freshman at Washington University in St Louis.

Blake Woods
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Blake Woods

University of Notre Dame

KIPP New Orleans Schools Alumnus

Blake Woods is a KIPP Renaissance High School and BARD Early College alumnus. With a class rank of 2 out of 130, Blake has demonstrated academic achievements as well as leadership in his community. Blake is a POSSE Scholar, co-founder of the KIPP Renaissance baseball team, and a performing poet that performed for the KIPP Gala 2018. With all of his extracurricular activities, Blake also works part-time as a Manager at a local restaurant. In the Fall, Blake is a freshman at the University of Notre Dame studying Biology with a Pre-Med educational track. Blake has dreams of becoming a doctor.

Meiyi Yu
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Meiyi Yu

Harvard College

KIPP Bay Area Schools Alumna

Meiyi is attending Harvard College with a concentration in Chemistry. She has a dream of one day becoming an anesthesiologist. Meiyi was a member of the KIPP King Collegiate Interact Club for 3 years and serves as Co-president. The group is a community service organization that aims to make a positive impact both locally and internationally. Meiyi is also Co-president of the student government and is fluent in Mandarin and Cantonese.