Junior Achievement’s SF gala honors contributions by local students

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Photos courtesy of Junior Achievement of Northern California.

De Anza High senior Dilraj Singh was recently announced as the winner of the prestigious Junior Achievement Northern California 2018 Glenlyon Scholarship.

Singh is one of two Northern California, college-bound students to earn the 4-year, $5,000 renewable scholarship. The other winner was Kabir Kapur from Northgate High School in Walnut Creek.

On May 1, he was among a number of WCCUSD students chosen to attend the Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame Gala in San Francisco.

Dozens of local students are currently benefiting from Junior Achievement, a national program that is sponsored locally by Chevron Richmond to serve students from West Contra Costa. The program prepares young people to be successful in college and life through activities promoting work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy training.

Singh was recognized for participating as a volunteer mentor to students at Valley View Elementary School in Richmond as part of the JA High School Heroes program. He is also a member of the De Anza High School Health Academy, which prepares students for health careers such as patient care and emergency medicine and offers employment soft skills and early college credit.

Junior Achievement's SF gala honors contributions by local students

Singh is set to attend UC Berkeley in the fall, pursing a degree in Political Justice and Philosophy with a minor in Public Policy. He plans to continue onto Bolt Law School.

One group of WCCUSD students were part of Team Petrolite, which earned second place in March at the Chevron-sponsored Junior Achievement Social Innovation Camp at Richmond Memorial Auditorium. The camp featured about 60 students from the Richmond High Engineering Academy, Pinole Valley High Engineering Academy and Hercules High MESA and Robotics who came up with various innovative solutions to problems in their community, or to those that concern them. Ideas included cleverly designed apps providing college or mental health resources to classmates.

Team Petrolite — consisting of William Mendez Linares, Kimberly Mendoza Canelo and Jose Huendo of Richmond High, Shuxin Zhou from Pinole Valley High and Makrisel Lapitan from Hercules High — developed an app design called Reaction Alert to promote school safety. In the case of a school emergency such as an active shooter, the app would allow students to press their phone power button five times to notify students, staff and police. The app also provides resources on student safety procedures in various emergencies.

The well-thought through technology earned Petrolite an opportunity to present on stage at the Junior Achievement of Northern California gala last week, which provided opportunities for students to network with program alumni and about 200 Bay Area-based business leaders and community innovators,

At the gala, JA honored Nestor Paraiso (pictured below), a maintenance analyst for Chevron Richmond, as a JA Volunteer of the Year in recognition of his years of service delivering JA in the classroom on behalf of Chevron.

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