CIDream Scholars (2018-2019)

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Daniel Alameda

I am in junior at Rio Mesa High school. I am a humorous and kind athletic scholar. I like to play basketball, run, and eat a lot of candy. I would like to attend Ohio State but I am undecided in what career I would like to pursue.


Desirae Barragan

I am a senior at Channel Islands High School. I have many goals and aspirations set for me one including attending a four year university directly after high school. I am very involved inside and outside of campus. I am a LULAC Youth member and a UBCI Scholar. I am very thankful for this program for it provides me with fundamental knowledge and information that will prepare me for the rigors that come with attending a college. UBCI has been a key factor that has helped make a path more visible for a successful future.

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Gabriela Garnica

I’m sixteen years old. I go to Rio Mesa High School and I’m a Junior. My hobbies are going shopping with my friends and also helping my community. The college I want to go is CLU because it’s close to my house and I can drive home whenever I want to came back. When I’m older I want to be a Spanish teacher. I want to be a Spanish teacher because I want to teach kids a new language and a different culture.

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Jacqueline Guillen

I am sixteen years old and am a Junior at Rio Mesa High School. My family is a little bit crazy but has a whole lot of love. My personality is who I am, my attitude depends on who you are. I am sensitive, creative, idealistic, hardworking and loyal. I'm walking my path an I will always walk in the direction my heart tell me to go, even if I must walk alone. I aspire not to have more, but to be more. I'd hope to major in psychology; the study of the human mind and its functions, I want to go to the University of California, San Diego.


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Estrella Hernandez

I am an 11th grade student at Rio Mesa High School. I have 3 sisters and one brother. I am hardworking and athletic. I am the type of person who puts others before themselves and I love to help people. When I am older I aspire to make a difference in the world, through my career and outside of it. I plan to become an F.B.I agent or a police officer. Criminal justice has always caught my attention. On my free time I like to play the ukulele, or cruise around in my penny board. Another one of my hobbies is taking pictures, I really like to embrace the beauty in all things.


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April Knutson

I am a junior at Rio Mesa High School. I am a motivated scholar who is willing to do anything to help others. I run, read, and binge watch on my free time. I would like to become a dentist and attend Washington State University or UCLA.



Angelina Leanos

I'm a senior at Channel Islands High School. I am an aspiring author with a passion for writing and music. I hope to go straight to a 4-year school in California after high school and major in English/Creative Writing. I joined UBCI/CI Dream because I heard that the program was a great resource for succeeding in both high school and college. Being a part of UBCI/CI Dream has opened doors for me in that it helped me with my classwork through tutoring and gave me the opportunity to visit colleges I otherwise might not have been able to go see on my own.


Jazmine Lerma

I’m a senior at Channel Island High School. Like every other 17 year old, I have hopes and dreams. In order to achieve them I decided to join CIDream. The reason I joined CIDream was because I needed some sort of guidance. I knew I wanted to go to college, but had no idea where to start. Along the journey of me trying to discover where I wanted to go, I got the chance to meet great teachers and make new friends. My goals for the future is to go to Oxnard College for 2 years and do linguistics and then transfer to UCSB and do the rest there. My goal is to be bilingual in English and Spanish in a professional setting and help people.

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Jocelyn Martinez

I am currently a junior at Rio Mesa High School. Some activities that I enjoy are being a part of Girl’s Cross Country and Track and Field. I am an extrovert and sociable person. Some of my personal hobbies are dancing, playing instruments and singing with my dad. An ambition that I would like to achieve in the future is to attend a university such as Cal Lutheran or the University of Southern California, and would like to focus on biology and Biochemistry. The career that I would like to undertake is to work in a lab and be a part of a research team for new cures. A dream that motivates me throughout hard obstacles is to become the first Latina to find cure the for cancer.


Juan Martinez

I'm a Sophomore at Channel Islands High School. My favorite subject is Math because I love to multiply and solving problems. I chose to join CI Dream because they help us get into a university. They help you reach your dream. If it wasn’t for the program, I wouldn’t be here today.

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Anthony Mercardo

I am a junior at Rio Mesa High School. I enjoy playing basketball and baseball. My favorite subject is Math. In my free time, I like to read and listen to music. My dream college is UCSB, followed by UCLA. I joined CIDream because I wanted to explore the different opportunities I would have for my near and far future. I aspire to go to a 4-year university to become a computer engineer at some point. I also aspire to be the best role model possible for my little brother.


Sylvia Moreno

I am 17 years old and a Senior. I have a slight learning disability and sometimes it takes me a little longer to learn. That is not going to stop me from getting to where I want to be in my life, which is becoming a vet or maybe joining the military. Honestly, this program is great because they help me a lot on achieving my goals and keeping me on track.


Erick Munoz

I am a 10th grader at Channel Islands High School. I was born in Tlaxcala, Mexico and I came here at the age of 3. I used to live with my uncle and family when I first got here, but later on my parents split up and went their separate ways. Both sides of my family were always moving until they finally found houses and settled down. I went to Mar Vista for grade school, Ocean View for middle school, and Channel Islands for high school where I now play football. My overall goal is to have a good paying job to support my family financially so they won’t have to worry about money ever again. My dream job is to become a real estate agent because they pay well and I’ve always liked to sell. My backup plan is to become a social worker because they pay well and I’ve always wanted to help people.

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Johanna Onofre

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Barbara Perez

I am a junior at Rio Mesa High School. I am very involved in my community and participate in many events. I am a LULAC Youth member, and I am very thankful because LULAC has gave me insight of the world. LULAC exposes me to many opportunities that can help me later on in college, I am able to interact with many people who could guide and support me. Career wise I am interested in joining the C.I.A as a linguistic or nurse practitioner.


Priscilla Ramos


Jose Reyes

I am in  the 12th grade at Channel Islands High School. I was born in Mexico, and I came to the U.S. when I was 7 years old. I want to go to a college that offers a good soccer team, because my dream is to become a professional soccer player. My second choice would be to study in the field of criminal justice, so I joined Upward Bound/CI Dream to get as much help so I can achieve my dreams. Also, I want to get new experiences and meet new people.

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Sarahy Torres

I am a junior at Rio Mesa High School. Currently I am taking IB classes at Rio Mesa to graduate with an IB diploma. With an IB diploma I will be able to apply to not just universities in the country but outside as well as and it can also replace some of the courses I have to take my first year in college. Another reason, I’m in IB classes is to challenge myself; if I could do all these hard classes while also participating in extracurricular activities, than anything is possible in life. Some of the extra curricular activities I participate in are cross-country and track & field. My interests include: swimming, reading, eating and sleeping. After high school, I would like to attend an IVY league school; my top choices are Stanford and Princeton. I would like to study business because my dream career has been to be a CEO. I’m also a LULAC youth member who is active in her community.