2015 Scholars

On Monday, June 8, 2015 we had the pleasure of presenting a record 27 High Hopes Scholarship awards to the following outstanding Berkeley High School graduates.

Omar Aguilar-Martinez

Omar Aguilar- Martinez Andres and Pio Pico High Hopes Scholarship San Francisco State University 

Omar is passionate about helping kids succeed. He has tutored elementary students in math in various …

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Solwazi Allah

Solwazi Allah Battle Family High Hopes Scholarship University of California, Santa Cruz

Solwazi graduated from the Green Academy at Berkeley High School. He enjoyed putting the lessons of his biotechnology …

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Abdulalim A’Omer

Abdulalim A'Omer Owen Family High Hopes Scholar University of California, Davis Abdul is graduating from Berkeley High’s IB program, where he was a student leader. He founded and was co-president…

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Wessede Barrett

Wessede Barrett Art Berliner-Marian Lever High Hopes Scholar University of California, Santa Cruz Wessede emigrated from Jamaica to the U.S. when she was 10 years old. She is graduating from…

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Thafir Elzofri

Thafir Elzofri Gilbert Family High Hopes Scholar Wesleyan University Thafir loves math, writing comedy, playing sports and hanging out with friends. He was president of the Berkeley High Language and…

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Cassandra Gonzalez

CassandraGonzalez Cassandra Gonzalez Berkeley Community Fund High Hopes Scholar San Francisco State University Cassandra loves singing, dancing and writing poetry. She won a scholarship from Global Glimpse, based on an essay…

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Marco Gutierrez

Marco Gutierrez Garland Family High Hopes Scholar San Jose State University Marco’s passions are math, science, sports and cooking. He volunteers at the Richmond Boys and Girls Club, tutors younger …

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Nia Hampton

NiaHampton Nia Hampton Ask.come High Hopes Scholar American University Nia, who will be a first generation college student, plans to buildon the skills she acquired in the BHS Communication Arts and…

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Pablo Itzep Pastor

PabloItzepPastor Pablo Itzep Pastor Morris Family Fund High Hopes Scholar Wesleyan University Pablo loves science, creative self-expression through music and being part of a tight ensemble. He played bass clarinet in…

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Sequoia Johnson

Sequoia Johnson Berkeley Community Fund High Hopes Scholar California State University, East Bay Sequoia is graduating from the Academy of Medicine and Public Service (AMPS) at BHS with a clear…

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Andrew Jones

AndrewJones Andrew Jones Art Berliner-Marian Lever High Hopes Scholar University of California, Davis Andrew is an entrepreneur, poet and competitive soccer player. He was on the varsity soccer team at BHS…

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Kevin Lee

KevinLee Kevin Lee Ask.com High Hopes Scholar University of California, Santa Cruz Kevin is graduating from the Academic Choice program at Berkeley High School. He was both a participant in and…

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Melissa Macias

MelissaMacias Melissa Macias Marion Marshall High Hopes Scholar San Diego State University Melissa, graduating from the IB program at Berkeley High School, will be the first in her family to attend…

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Carlos Montano

Carlos Montano Battle Family High Hopes Scholar University of California, Santa Cruz Carlos is graduating from the IB program at Berkeley High School. He is a first generation college student…

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Alexis Ortega

Alexis Ortega Shanks Family High Hopes Scholarship San Francisco State University 

Alexis is graduating from the IB Program at Berkeley High. He is a Y-Scholar and a leader in its …

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Denia Parham

Denia Parham Sheila Duignan and Michael Wilkins High Hopes Scholar University of California, Merced Denia is graduating from the Academy of Medicine and Public Service (AMPS) at BHS. She participated…

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Pamela Rodriguez-Ortiz

Pamela Rodriguez-Ortiz BHS Class of '51 High Hopes Scholar University of California, Berkeley Pamela is graduating from the Arts and Humanities Academy at Berkeley High School. She is a Y-Scholar…

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Melissa Sotelo

Melissa Sotelo Jascha Pohl High Hopes Scholar Universityof California, Santa Cruz Melissa enjoys science, photography, dance and getting lost in a good book. She put her camera skills to work…

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Veronica Smith

VeronicaSmith Veronica Smith Battle Family High Hopes Scholar Mount Holyoke College Veronica, who will be a first-generation college student, has participated in many volunteer and leadership activities while at Berkeley High.…

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Ocean Spikes

Ocean Spikes Berkeley Community Fund High Hopes Scholar California State University, Long Beach Ocean plans to be a successful artist and business woman. At Berkeley High, she participated in the…

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