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Meet our Students

Educational Options student Serena Recinos

 

Serena Recinos, Educational Options, Class of 2020

Serena will be attending San Jose State University, majoring in Justice Studies

“Being at Educational Options for my last year of high school allowed me to feel excited about school and ultimately helped show me that I was capable of accomplishing great things. Educational Options made me feel at home and I’m happy to be leaving high school with essentially a new, family-like community. To incoming freshmen, the best advice I could give is to stay true to yourself and your own personal goals. Often times, as a freshman you can get easily influenced or distracted by the success of others and you fail to realize your own success. The best experience was having the honor to attend the YWCA’s Annual Luncheon with one of my own female inspirations, Dolores Huerta. Being in the presence of women who are fighting for justice and empowering the female population meant a lot to me as a young Hispanic woman navigating through society and trying to be a part of the change.”

Cupertino High School student Jack Townsend

 

Jack Townsend, Cupertino High School, Class of 2020

Jack will be attending Southern Oregon University

“Participating in two vastly different sports provided a great opportunity for me to learn and to immerse myself in the culture of the school. I got to see so many different athletes with so many stories to tell and so much wisdom to share. I was able to train with some inspiring and dedicated people who made it easy to follow in their footsteps. No matter if I was performing well or poorly, my coaches always expected more from me, and their high expectations fueled and inspired me to always pursue more from myself. Without my peers, I wouldn’t be half the competitor or person I am today. Cupertino provided a safe and fun place for me to get better and also help others around me. I found myself improving not only as an individual, but as a leader as well. I wanted to help others just as past teammates had guided me.”

 

Neel Bhargava, Fremont High School, Class of 2020

Neel will be attending Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, majoring in Mechanical Engineering

"The Fremont community is unique in a beautiful way as we embrace our cultures and backgrounds; I feel fortunate to have been a part of such a diverse group of individuals. From the annual post-Watermelon Run swim to winning a soccer tournament with my teammates to a senior sunrise with delicious pancakes but no sun, my time at Fremont has been a truly memorable experience where I have formed friendships every step of the way. The dedicated administration, teachers, coaches, and most importantly, the students, are what make Fremont an incredibly welcoming environment. Fremont instills in students a sense of understanding and teaches them to be grateful for what they have. Looking back on my journey and the steps I have taken to get here, I would tell my freshman self not to take anything for granted and to enjoy every moment while it lasts.”

Homestead High School student Fabiola Zamora

 

Fabiola Zamora, Homestead High School, Class of 2020

Fabiola will be attending the University of Hawaii, majoring in Biology

“By seeking discomfort, you learn to embrace creative thinking, to keep an open mind, to learn about others and yourself, and ultimately, find comfort living outside the box. High school is a time for personal development, and this is where I discovered my purpose, met lifelong friends and was empowered by our special group of staff. Whether it was going all out during spirit weeks, posing philosophical questions during class discussions or cramming a quick review before a final in the hallways, I can genuinely say I invested myself in the high school experience, and that investment has paid off tremendously. Although academics and athletics are important, it is the experiences and relationships I created along the way that made high school meaningful.”

Lynbrook High School student Andy Li

 

Andy Li, Lynbrook High School, Class of 2020

Andy will be attending the University of Southern California, majoring in Economics

“Seek discomfort. It’ll open new doors and broaden horizons. My advice for underclassmen is a quote I like to follow. That is to “seek discomfort.” We often hate being in moments of discomfort, but sometimes it is only in these uncomfortable situations where our best self comes out. I think what truly made my high school years special were all the memories I made with all of my friends. From the bittersweet moments of Homecoming to the exhilaration of being on the stage for Silsilay to the feeling of unity during the Club Review process, it was these moments that made the experience all the more enjoyable and exciting. I am most grateful for all of Lynbrook, from the students to the teachers to the administration. All of it has helped me be the “me” I am today.”

Monta Vista High School student Sonia Singh

 

Sonia Singh, Monta Vista High School, Class of 2020

Sonia will be attending New York University, majoring in Political Science

“My biggest piece of advice is to take advantage of every opportunity you can. The best memories I have are from putting myself out there and participating in whatever I could; from playing powderpuff football to organizing homecoming, to auditioning for SNL. Every new activity was a new avenue to be explored within myself and within the school. Monta Vista is also home to some inspiring people that have helped me develop strong core values and traits. I credit my optimism and sense of purpose to Ms. Smith, my physiology teacher and leadership advisor. I credit my sense of progressivism and justice to Ms. Lerner, my biology teacher. And I credit my confidence and leadership skills to Mr. White, Monta Vista vice principal and leadership advisor.”
 

FUHSD By The Numbers

5

Comprehensive high schools

Graduate
96%

Graduation Rate

Volleyball
247

Athletics teams in 20 sports

4

Full-time New Teacher Mentors

Handshake
28,000

Communty Service hours logged by the Class of 2017

Robotic
29

Career Technical Education courses for real-world skills

165

National Merit Scholarship

semifinalists in 2019-20

1

Golden Bell award-winning

English Learner program