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State Representative Joshua A.

Joshua - California Student Rep Profile Image“I choose to Be Strong by helping the elderly, teaching the youth how important it is to study hard, and teaching my community to respect each other irrespective of perceived differences.”

-Joshua

Why Joshua was Nominated:

From a young age, Joshua has been an award-winning speaker, accomplished poet, and amazing human being. He is a prime example of transformative resilience, turning pain to passion and drive. Having been consistently bullied for years while facing other great adversities, Joshua knows the power of acceptance, the power of understanding, and the value of being there for others. No matter what he is facing or what is asked of him, Joshua will always make time to pay it forward, to make tomorrow’s today better for everyone.

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State Representative Ethan B.

Ethan - California Student Rep Profile Image“I choose to Be Strong in my school, community, and in the hearts of those all around me by being the best citizen and trying to lead by example at all times – no matter who’s watching.”

-Ethan

Why Ethan was Nominated:

Ethan is an exceptional Student/ athlete, Ethan carries a 4.0 GPA, is an excellent baseball player and is very involved in our school. Ethan has volunteered to work with elementary and junior high athletes at many of our camps. He has also volunteered to help tutor fellow students. Ethan is always looking for ways to better himself as well as his school and community. I believe Ethan would be the perfect choice for this program.

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State Representative Kate V.

Kate V - CA Student Rep Profile Image“I want to encourage my fellow scholars to be kind, respectful and helpful.”

-Kate

Why Kate was Nominated:

Kate is a well-spoken, caring, motivated young lady. She is actively involved in our Scholar Leadership Council and shares thoughtful ideas and feedback to represent the scholar population. Kindness – Kate has a warm, caring heart. She treats everyone, young and old, with kindness and respect. When she was five years old playing soccer, she was more concerned about helping an opposing player that fell to the ground than continuing to play the game. She exhibits these traits on a daily basis in everything she does. Inclusion – Kate is always the one who tries to include everyone. If she is playing with a group of friends at the park, she will be the one that slows the game down or changes the activity to include younger friends. Positive Change – Kate is concerned about making the world a better place. At twelve years old, she makes positive changes by example with friends and family. She is always kind and is the one to mediate arguments and find solutions. Leadership – Kate is a natural leader. Whether she is on the court or at a family event with her cousins, she is a supportive influence on those around her. Her positive attitude and willingness to listen to others are traits that support her leadership.

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State Representative Addison A.

Addison A - CA Student Rep Profile Image“We can be kind and hope that there’s a ripple effect of people showing kindness everywhere they go.”

-Addison

Why Addison was Nominated:

Addison can be relied upon in any situation to be a leader, ensuring that others feel included and the group is successful. In class she is always quietly helping those around her, giving affirmation and encouraging others as she goes. She recently founded the Kindness Club at our Orange County Learning Center, holding meetings and planning events in which the kids are spreading kindness around them. Addison has demonstrated incredible initiative, driven by passion to make the world a better place. Addison is an exceptional scholar, and is respected and loved by her peers.

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State Representative Alana G.

Alana - California Student Rep Profile Image“Creating a positive impact in someone’s life while they are struggling, reaching out to them and making those connections, being an influence for other students to be involved is why we choose to Be Strong.”

-Alana

Why Alana was Nominated:

Alana epitomizes what it means to have a kind and caring heart. She works to build relationships with students with various backgrounds and learning abilities. Alana also volunteers with the Golden Valley Fire Academy, where she serves her community. Recently, Alana’s brother’s cancer returned and she is taking this negative and changing it into a positive as she says in her own words “I realize that life is too short and not having someone as a support system is one of the most traumatic things anyone can go through.” She therefore wants to spread kindness and support to all who are lonely at school.

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State Representative Chris D.

Chris - California Student Rep Profile Image“We choose to Be Strong in our school, community & in the other hearts around us by spreading positive awareness for students at our school that feel isolated from others.”

-Chris

Why Chris was Nominated:

Chris is a perfect fit as an ambassador for “We Dine Together” because he has first hand experience being alone on campus without having anyone to talk to. He explained to me in his application that when he first came to our school, he knew no one and was miserably alone. Eventually he found a group of friends, but because of this experience he has compassion for those who are experiencing the same thing. Before we announced this club on campus he found a student who transferred to our school from Germany and who was alone. He introduced himself to this student and made sure to walk his new friend to class each day so he has a friend. Chris is a natural leader with a very kind heart.

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State Representative Lauren E.

Lauren - California Student Rep Profile Image“I choose to Be Strong in my school, community, and in the hearts of those around me by being a positive influence.”

-Lauren

Why Lauren was Nominated:

Lauren is a kind, compassionate person who displays leadership qualities and a vision to create a more inclusive environment at our school.

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State Representative Madison P.

Madison - California Student Rep Profile Image“I stay strong by being mentally, physically, and spiritually strong.”

-Madison

Why Madison was Nominated:

Madison has a passion for helping people. She is caring and kind and is looking for ways to help improve the school climate.

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State Representative Jazelle F.

Jazelle - California Student Rep Profile Image“I choose to be strong at my school by taking a stand against hate, judgement, neglect and bullying. I hope I can inspire others to do the same.”

-Jazelle

Why Jazelle F was Nominated:

I’d actually like to nominate two of my 11th grade students. Maria and Jazelle are amazing young ladies with strong hearts and I’ve personally seen them put a stop to bullying on our campus on many occasions.  Not only that, but Jazelle and Maria are always first to welcome a new student and make sure that student feels comfortable and at ease in our school’s social environment.  Earlier this year, when we had several new students join our school due to the closure of a neighboring charter school, Jazelle and Maria were instrumental in making sure everyone greeted the students with respect and open arms.  This type of situation can be very difficult for a new student due to the close bonds our juniors have already established over the three years they have been together.  Jazelle and Maria worked as a team to be particularly mindful of students who could have been easy targets for bullying.  I always saw them making sure to include the new students in class discussions and during collaborative learning activities.  During the live broadcast, I saw Jazelle and Maria be truly touched by the words and experiences of the presenters.  They asked me politely if they could use their phones to download the suggested app in order to receive the full experience that Be Strong has to offer.  I believe that they each truly have the heart of a leader and will continue to be integral in ensuring equity and kindness in the classroom and beyond.  I hope we can give these young women the recognition they deserve.

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State Representative Maria A.

Maria - California Student Rep Profile Image“I choose to be strong in my school by helping others, caring and by making everyone feel included and equal.”

-Maria

Why Maria was Nominated:

I’d actually like to nominate two of my 11th grade students. Maria and Jazelle are amazing young ladies with strong hearts and I’ve personally seen them put a stop to bullying on our campus on many occasions. Not only that, but Jazelle and Maria are always first to welcome a new student and make sure that student feels comfortable and at ease in our school’s social environment. Earlier this year, when we had several new students join our school due to the closure of a neighboring charter school, Jazelle and Maria were instrumental in making sure everyone greeted the students with respect and open arms. This type of situation can  be very difficult for a new student due to the close bonds our juniors have already established over the three years they have been together. Jazelle and Maria worked as a team to be particularly mindful of students who could have been easy targets for bullying. I always saw them making sure to include the new students in class discussions and during collaborative learning activities.

During the live broadcast, I saw Jazelle and Maria be truly touched by the words and experiences of the presenters. They asked me politely if they could use their phones to download the suggested app in order to receive the full experience that Be Strong has to offer. I believe that they each truly have the heart of a leader and will continue to be integral in ensuring equity and kindness in the classroom and beyond. I hope we can give these young women the recognition they deserve.

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State Representative Monica A.

Monica - California Student Rep Profile Image“We choose to make sure no one feels lonely or left out.”

-Monica

Why Monica was Nominated:

Monica has experienced first hand what it’s like to be new and trying to fit in. She has channeled her experience into motivation and looks for ways to help others find themselves, and where they feel they fit into the community… with open arms.

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State Representative Roxana M.

Roxana - California Student Rep Profile Image“Stay positive, no matter what. Thinking negative won’t help.”

-Roxana

Why Roxana was Nominated:

Roxana is an outgoing girl with an extremely kind heart and loves working with other people. She likes making people feel welcome to the school.

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State Representative Ananya B.

Ananya - California Student Rep Profile Image“We want a place where people can be accepted.”

-Ananya

Why Ananya was Nominated:

Ananya has had experience with student outreach in her Middle School where she and other student leaders created a welcoming, safe place for anyone who didn’t have a lunch group to come share lunch together. She helped other students get to know others and build a stronger student community. She would like to work with students in her high school to build another welcoming place for all students, and especially new students, to have a place to build community together during lunch.

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State Representative Alena C.

Alena C. Student State Rep Profile Pic. CA“I choose to Be Strong in my school and community by advocating for students and extending my voice for those who have not discovered theirs. I am a current day social advocate for student’s voices and I’m in partnership with California’s for Justice, a non profit organization that works on empowering youth. I am a natural born leader and I choose to stand up and fight for what’s right in my community. I am eager to fill the shoes of a Be Strong Student State Rep and will continue to be strong in my community and lead by example in my school community.”

– Alena

Why Alena was Nominated:

Alena is a straight A student who really cares about others as much as she cares about herself. She is committed to the betterment of society, and is willing to sacrifice her time and efforts for this cause. She sees the best in people even when they do not see it in themselves. Her energy is infectious and her personality bubbly and fun.

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State Representative Monserrat P.

“I choose to Be Strong in my community and my school by participating in school activities such as the city services, which I am proud to lead. I have helped the city by starting charity events, collecting hygiene products, making and donating blankets for the homeless, buying school supplies for students in need and educating the next generation in neighboring elementary schools.”

– Monserrat

Why Monserrat was Nominated:

Monserrat is a straight A student who really cares about others as much as she cares about herself. She is committed to the betterment of society, and is willing to sacrifice her time and efforts for this cause. She sees the best in people even when they do not see it in themselves. Her energy is infectious and her personality bubbly and fun.

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State Representative Dante N.

Dante SSR CA“I choose to Be Strong in my school and community by involving myself in activities such as volunteering at an elementary school by tutoring kids who needs help with reading and writing. But for me, that isn’t enough. As a few in my school lack hygiene products, I hope to fix that and give my classmates access to that as well. I have been given this opportunity and this is how I choose to be strong. “

– Dante

Why Dante was Nominated:

Dante is a straight A student who really cares about others as much as he cares about himself. He is committed to the betterment of society, and is willing to sacrifice his time and efforts for this cause. He sees the best in people even when they do not see it in themselves. His energy is infectious, and his personality is fun.

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State Representative Riley W.

Riley W. Student State Rep CA“I choose to Be Strong in my school and community by providing students within all regions of my hometown with fun and engaging STEM activities. I am heavily involved in a club that provides health necessities to children and teens. This is provided through food drives that help feed those in need. I am so excited to be a part of the be strong community and extend my reach with positive influence.”

– Riley

Why Riley was Nominated:

Riley is a straight A student who really cares about others as much as she cares about herself. She is committed to the betterment of society, and is willing to sacrifice her time and efforts for this cause. She sees the best in people even when they do not see it in themselves. Her energy is infectious and her personality bubbly and fun.

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State Representative Taylor W.

Taylor W Profile Picture CA“I choose to Be Strong at school by sticking to my morals and standards, despite when it is hard either on the sports team or during school.”

– Taylor

Why Taylor was Nominated:

I am nominating Taylor because he is an excellent student leader. He is well-respected by his peers and his kindness shows in every interaction I have with him. He exudes gratitude and is a positive influence on our campus. He is a newly elected ASB officer and has always impressed me with his humility. He has all the characteristics it would take to see this program flourish for the benefit of the student body.

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State Representative Ofaatu Y.

Taylor W Profile Picture CA“I choose to Be Strong in my school and community by serving others, loving one another, being positive and being a friend.”

– Ofaatu

Why Ofaatu was Nominated:

Ofaatu would be a great representative because she is caring, compassionate, kind and very trustworthy. Ofaatu goes out of her way to seek out and help others. Ofaatu doesn’t hesitate to volunteer to help with any and all projects at school. Ofaatu uses her personal life experiences to help push and guide her in her journey to becoming a great adult. I feel that Ofaatu would take on this challenge just like every other challenge and exceed everyones expectations.

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State Representative Kathryn T.

Kathryn T Profile Picture CA“I’m finally opening my eyes and realizing that I have to stand up for what is right. I can be strong and so can you! Anyone can be strong but sometimes they need a little help to find their inner strength. “

– Kathryn

Why Kathryn was Nominated:

I am not just her Mom. She is my partner and collaborator who contributes to my outreach at 365Give, #RandomAct, League of Heroes Inspired. She is empathetic, kind and helpful at school, in the community and at church when she assists with Sunday school or events in the 2 to 4yr. olds. She is proactive in activities, projects among her peers and in sports. She seeks out those in need of a smile or a gesture of love with a song or kind word everywhere we go. She was made for this.

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State Representative Rohan S.

“After watching a video documenting the creation of We Dine Together in Boca Raton, FL I began to notice the amount of students who sit alone on my school campus. I made myself a goal to sit with at least one student who sits alone a week. I want to make this a campus wide initiative and involve more students so we can create a more inclusive campus environment and thus make our campus stronger.”

– Rohan

Why Rohan was Nominated:

Rohan Sharma is an astonishingly empathetic student who strives for academic excellence and social justice on our campus. He is the recipient of the Champion of Social Justice Award from the California Council for the Social Studies (NorCal regional) for his work establishing an inclusive environment at our school. In addition to these activities, he’s a proponent of the We Dine Together idea, is working on re-establishing our National Honor Society, an active member in our Genders and Sexualities Alliance, the founder of our Debate Club, and a student athlete. When other students talk about Rohan they only say positive things because he is so kind and caring to everyone, even those he disagrees with. “Rohan is going to be President one day,” is a common refrain in our halls. Further, Rohan has volunteered for several political campaigns, often supporting candidates that are striving to make the world a better place, particularly on issues like Climate Change. He also serves on our District Equity and Access team. I believe that Rohan would make a strong addition to the California delegation and recommend him without reservations..

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State Representative Kasandra M.

“I found the We Dine Together club so interesting because as a student, it has always been my goal to create community and unity on campus. One way that I choose to do this is by being active in many clubs. “

– Kasandra

Why Kasandra was Nominated:

Kasi Murillo is far and away one of the kindest spirits one will ever encounter. Her positive attitude and empathy for others is apparent within one minute of meeting her and her support is something that other students rely on. In addition to being an active member on our District Equity and Access team as a student representative, Kasi is the President of the Genders and Sexualities Alliance on our campus. When parents in our community protested against our newly adopted curriculum for mentioning homosexuality, Kasi and a few of her fellow students went to a board meeting and spoke in front of hundreds of hostile parents about the need for inclusion in our community. Further, Kasi is a trusted adviser for many younger students, a participant in our Senior Mentor program, and maintains a high GPA. Her bravery and ability to stand up against hatred at such a young age speaks to her convictions that the world can be a better place and she’s been making it one her entire tenure at our school.

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State Representative Angela M.

Kathryn T Profile Picture CA“I choose to Be Strong by inspiring others on campus and by others who need a little inspiration.”

– Angela

Why Angela was Nominated:

Angela is motivated, ambitious and passionate always seizing opportunities! Her personality is contagious, infectious & emphatic always caring about those around her! I can’t think of a better go getter to nominate!

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State Representative Zoe C.

Kathryn T Profile Picture CA” I choose to Be Strong by empowering others in my school and community. “

– Zoe

Why Zoe was Nominated:

Zoe is passionate, outgoing and extremely enthusiastic! In addition she provides great and thorough feedback which makes her highly dependable! Zoe shares a vision for improving the climate of her school campus by instituting a club that aims to be welcoming to any and all students. She is motivated, ambitious, and passionate. I can personally attest that she will be a positive change at Thomas Downey High School.

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State Representative Lauralynn N.

Kathryn T Profile Picture CA“I choose to Be Strong in my school and community by being positive and being inclusive. I try to include everyone I see that is alone and looks like they need a friend.”

–  Lauralynn

Why Lauralynn was Nominated:

Laura has such a bubbly and inclusive personality. She is very outgoing and involved in ASB and PLUS (peer leaders uniting students). Because of her involvement in PLUS and her outgoing personality, unifying and supporting students on campus comes naturally to her. Due to her involvement in ASB, she is a leader capable of leading others. She has already taken it upon herself to help students new to the school find their way. Laura frequently comes into my room during lunch time to help tutor students in math. In addition to uplifting students and making people smile, she maintains above a 3.5 GPA.

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State Representative Parishi K.

Kathryn T Profile Picture CA“I choose to Be Strong in my community by making sure that every single person, no matter who they are or where they’re from, feels accepted and included in whatever environment they’re in. If we start sympathizing with others and really understanding how they feel and their perspective on things, we can really start to make a more inclusive and accepting environment and, at the end of the day, a more supportive community.”

–  Parishi

Why Parishi was Nominated:

This 10th grade student is a founder of a movement called “Kids teach Kids” which dates back to 5 years ago. Parishi started this noble endeavor of spreading the light of education amongst the underserved children in Ahmedabad, a city in Gujarat, India. Her own struggles in school inspired her to teach kids who have several other daily struggles with their families and do not receive a quality education. Parishi’s “school” started in her grandparents’ backyard and became a huge reason for Parishi’s visit to India twice a year as her “students”, some of who were as old as her, would be waiting for “Parishi teacher” to visit and teach them more of the English language. She has been persistently teaching a group of 20-25 kids ever since and now her younger brother and some of her friends have joined her in the mission. She aspires this movement to spread globally and believes that kids teaching kids benefits both the sides- the student and the teacher. She was the youngest speaker selected amongst many elite speakers to deliver a talk on the TedX Youth platform at Podar World School, Vadodara India on Dec 29th, 2019 where she stole the stage and enlightened the audience about what “Kids teach Kids” is about and where she wants to take it next.

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