Nov 24, 2014
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Don’t miss KPIX 5’s amazing story about Richmond High student Antonio Gonzales, who despite living in a home with 16 other people, including children, still manages to achieve near-perfect grades.

Gonzales is keeping true to a promise to his grandfather to be the first in his family to attend college.

It’s a marvel he has been able to work toward that dream when the home he lives in lacks a working computer. He also deals with constant distractions such as the sounds of children, the dog and television, and also an often empty fridge. Through it all, he not only achieves a 4.0 GPA (counting his advanced placement classes), he finds time to help his little sister with math, KPIX reported.

How does he do it?

For one, background noise doesn’t bother him. But when he “really needs to concentrate,” Gonzales sometimes waits until everyone’s asleep, including his mother and sister who share his bedroom, and uses a flashlight app on his cellphone to read. Or he wakes up really early in the morning.

His goal is to graduate from UC Berkeley and build a future that will allow his family a “stable place to live” without worry of going without food, KPIX said.

We encourage our readers to watch the full KPIX report.


  1. I would love to meet this kid. I went to Richmond High (c/o 2000) and am 6 months from graduating from medical school. I earned my B.A. and MPH from UC Berkeley. It’s a tough road with a lot of hard work and sacrifices but it’s possible. Keep going young man.

    Marvin Miranda | Nov 30th, 2014

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