Amanda Tornero

August 23rd, 2010 ·
  • 2010 Gerald L. Pixley High Hopes Scholarship recipient
  • University of California, Riverside
I moved to the U.S. from Mexico my sophomore year, not knowing much English but just the basics. I started in ELD (Engligh Language Development) and moved on slowly. Since I wanted to hurry and get my credits, I went to community college to make up for my English class. I managed to go to regular classes in less than a semester. I had to quit my extracurricular activities mid-sophomore year to work more hours and help the situation at home, but kept one that is very important to me, Summer Search, which also involves responsibilities but has provided me with the support I need. I am ready to move on and excited to go on into a different path, to college, where I will invest in myself and my future.

Amanda’s updates

“Watching Amanda as she embraces the idea of standing out as a leader has been thrilling! She’s gathered more and more tools that will help her be successful—self-reflection, goal-setting, communication and confidence. I have no doubt of her capability or dedication, and also strongly believe she would bring a bright spirit and perspective to your community.” Teacher, Berkeley High School