For Jonathan Tapia, 18, the English language is like an iceberg— there’s so much more to learn under the visible surface.
It’s a concept that his favorite teacher, Carmen Leon, regularly incorporates into the classroom.
Jonathan works at Petco and attended a Pacific Clinics outreach program called Transitional Age Youth Tunnel.
Jonathan is the son of Maria Ana Soria and Santiago Tapia.
He plans to enroll at Ventura College in the fall. He looks forward to exploring different subjects in college until he finds a career he wants to pursue.
Jorge Meza, 18, has big goals.
The peer resource leader wants to graduate from UCLA or Pepperdine with a degree in criminal justice. Jorge also plans on earning his master’s degree.
Jorge said he wouldn’t be able to dream so big without the comfort and support he has received from his entire family, including his mother, Alda Guzmán.
He also thanked Frontier educators Crista Gonzalez and Kim Dallape for their help. Neither his family nor his teachers ever gave up on him, he said.
Laura Martinez, 17, enjoys putting others’ needs before her own. The student body vice president volunteers at her church, the Boys & Girls Club and a homeless breakfast program.
She is the daughter of Raquel Garcia and Leopoldo Martinez.
She is also active in yearbook and cross country. Laura credits her mother and father with always supporting her and her teacher Kim Dallape with showing her how to dream big and never give up.
Laura intends to do just that when she attends Ventura College in the fall. She aspires to break into fashion design with her own clothing line.
School spirit is important to Shyra Thomas, 18.
Not only does she participate in Frontier’s volleyball and color guard teams, she is also involved with Associated Student Body.
Shyra is the daughter of Alma and Kenneth Redhead.
She has helped organize the school’s African American model show, a musical chairs event and a Halloween contest.
Shyra hopes to attend the Columbus College of Art & Design in Ohio.
Shyra said her mother is the biggest influence in her life because she knows her better than anyone else and always wants the best for her.