2023 Joy A & Gayland P Smith Influential Teacher Award Winner, David Munoz

I felt on top of the world when they called my name at Roosevelt High School’s Senior Award Banquet. I also couldn’t believe it. I was caught off guard because this is my very first year of teaching. I had an overwhelming feeling of joy and appreciation for my students, the students who voted for […]

Keana Hokama, Bullard HS

Graduate of Bullard High School   Keana is a 2023 Bullard High School graduate who will be attending UC Berkeley. She wants to be an aerospace engineer. Keana was involved in theatre, forensics, and speech and debate.  “One of my favorite things about engineering is that it’s a field where I believe I will never run out of new things to learn […]

Marco Suarez, Sunnyside HS

Graduate of Sunnyside High School   College: Fresno State   Career goal: Software engineer     Marco is a Sunnyside High School graduate. Marco gravitated to science, technology, engineering, and math, excelling in Advanced Placement courses and leading the robotics club.  “As a kid, my father always told me that my mind is the most powerful tool. He would tell me whatever I set my mind to, I can […]

Emily Varela, Roosevelt HS

Graduate of Roosevelt High School    College: Fresno State  Career goal: Criminology     Emily is a 2023 Roosevelt High School graduate looking forward to a career in criminology.Through her participation in Roosevelt’s Public Service Pathway, she completed over 40 community service hours, helping at a wide array of events and health clinics.     “My parents always told me tu sola te pones tus propios limites, which translates to “you create your own […]