Meet the Fellows

2016 BUCK FELLOWS

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2015 BUCK FELLOWS

Marisol Contreras Marisol Contreras (Middle College High School, Richmond) combines a passion for service with a fierce determination to succeed. Coming from an immigrant home in San Pablo, Marisol has managed to thrive in the competitive academic environment of Middle College High School and even be elected class president. Active in both the MESA and Metas programs at her school, Marisol aspires to study biochemistry or molecular biology in college, and then go to medical school and become an obstetrician. Her ambition is fueled by the desire to improve medical care in low-income communities, like the one she has grown up in.

Marisol Contreras

Marisol Contreras (Middle College High School, Richmond) combines a passion for service with a fierce determination to succeed. Coming from an immigrant home in San Pablo, Marisol has managed to thrive in the competitive academic environment of Middle College High School and even be elected class president. Active in both the MESA and Metas programs at her school, Marisol aspires to study biochemistry or molecular biology in college, and then go to medical school and become an obstetrician. Her ambition is fueled by the desire to improve medical care in low-income communities, like the one she has grown up in.

Ivan Herrera-Perez Ivan Herrera-Perez (Middle College High School, Richmond) is a natural leader with a record of excelling in the classroom, within his community, and on the soccer field. Because of his leadership skills and passion for social justice, Ivan was selected in junior high school as a group facilitator for STAND! For Families Free of Violence, a program designed to prevent teen dating violence. He was also selected to play soccer at the varsity level as a freshman, and is now captain of his club soccer team and referees games for younger players. Ivan hopes to study business and entrepreneurship in college, and one day become a venture capitalist.

Ivan Herrera-Perez

Ivan Herrera-Perez (Middle College High School, Richmond) is a natural leader with a record of excelling in the classroom, within his community, and on the soccer field. Because of his leadership skills and passion for social justice, Ivan was selected in junior high school as a group facilitator for STAND! For Families Free of Violence, a program designed to prevent teen dating violence. He was also selected to play soccer at the varsity level as a freshman, and is now captain of his club soccer team and referees games for younger players. Ivan hopes to study business and entrepreneurship in college, and one day become a venture capitalist.

Saul Lopez-Cruz Saul Lopez-Cruz (Cristo Rey High School, Sacramento) ranks number one at his high school, works part-time at Dignity Health to cover the costs of his school, and impresses his teachers with his intellectual curiosity and initiative. President of his school’s Cyber Patriot club, and an active member of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, Saul dreams of studying computer science in college and becoming a developer for Google.

Saul Lopez-Cruz

Saul Lopez-Cruz (Cristo Rey High School, Sacramento) ranks number one at his high school, works part-time at Dignity Health to cover the costs of his school, and impresses his teachers with his intellectual curiosity and initiative. President of his school’s Cyber Patriot club, and an active member of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, Saul dreams of studying computer science in college and becoming a developer for Google.

 
Erika Mendez Erika Mendez (Franklin High School, Stockton) ranks near the top of her class in the International Baccalaureate program and aspires to study forensic psychology in college. While her parents work out of town during the week, Erika manages not only to ace her classes and participate in Science Olympiad and track and field, but also to help take care of her family and regularly deliver groceries to hungry families through her church.

Erika Mendez

Erika Mendez (Franklin High School, Stockton) ranks near the top of her class in the International Baccalaureate program and aspires to study forensic psychology in college. While her parents work out of town during the week, Erika manages not only to ace her classes and participate in Science Olympiad and track and field, but also to help take care of her family and regularly deliver groceries to hungry families through her church.

Jose Zavala Jose Zavala (Middle College High School, Richmond) exhibits a passion and dedication to helping others that is truly inspiring in light of the hurdles he himself has had to navigate. Jose’s family is from Honduras, but Jose was born in Mexico and came to the U.S. when he was 3. While rising to the challenge of his school’s college-level curriculum, he spent considerable time outside of class delivering food to needy families through his church. Jose is particularly determined to succeed in math and science because he wants to have a career in the medical field and directly assist those in need.

Jose Zavala

Jose Zavala (Middle College High School, Richmond) exhibits a passion and dedication to helping others that is truly inspiring in light of the hurdles he himself has had to navigate. Jose’s family is from Honduras, but Jose was born in Mexico and came to the U.S. when he was 3. While rising to the challenge of his school’s college-level curriculum, he spent considerable time outside of class delivering food to needy families through his church. Jose is particularly determined to succeed in math and science because he wants to have a career in the medical field and directly assist those in need.

 

2014 Buck Fellows

Marina Zambrano Marina Zambrano (Cristo Rey High School, Sacramento) is ranked at the top of her school academically, serves in various leadership positions at her school (including editor of the school’s literary magazine), works part-time to help cover the costs of her school, and helps take care of her younger siblings. A charter member of the Hispanic Society of Engineers, Marina dreams of studying psychology, foreign languages, and criminal justice in college.

Marina Zambrano

Marina Zambrano (Cristo Rey High School, Sacramento) is ranked at the top of her school academically, serves in various leadership positions at her school (including editor of the school’s literary magazine), works part-time to help cover the costs of her school, and helps take care of her younger siblings. A charter member of the Hispanic Society of Engineers, Marina dreams of studying psychology, foreign languages, and criminal justice in college.

Madelynne Reichmann Madelynne Reichmann (Galt High School, Galt) is an A+ student, award-winning debater, and leader in Future Farmers of America. Madelynne wants to become an agriculture teacher or go into business management.

Madelynne Reichmann

Madelynne Reichmann (Galt High School, Galt) is an A+ student, award-winning debater, and leader in Future Farmers of America. Madelynne wants to become an agriculture teacher or go into business management.

Kiera Alexander Kiera Alexander (Del Campo High School, Fair Oaks) combines a record of academic achievement with a flair for creative writing and a commitment to assisting others as an academic tutor. As a sophomore, she founded her school’s Black Students Union.

Kiera Alexander

Kiera Alexander (Del Campo High School, Fair Oaks) combines a record of academic achievement with a flair for creative writing and a commitment to assisting others as an academic tutor. As a sophomore, she founded her school’s Black Students Union.

Manuel Rosales Manuel Rosales (Leadership Public School, Richmond) did not come to this country from El Salvador until he was 8, but has excelled academically. Manuel is interested in studying electrical or computer engineering in college, and contributes to his community by helping out in various programs at his local elementary school.

Manuel Rosales

Manuel Rosales (Leadership Public School, Richmond) did not come to this country from El Salvador until he was 8, but has excelled academically. Manuel is interested in studying electrical or computer engineering in college, and contributes to his community by helping out in various programs at his local elementary school.