Student Voices


Suenos Student Spotlight: Verenise Valentin

This quarter’s Sueños spotlight features the COE’s own Verenise Valentin, assistant to the Superintendent. In 9th grade, Verenise’s sister, who also works at the COE, …

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Santa Cruz student wins Congressional App Challenge!

The Congressional App Challenge is among the most prestigious prizes in student computer science. Every year, the U.S. Congress challenges students in their districts to create and …

Dental Assisting Student Spotlight: Kalexiz Servin

We are excited to celebrate news from one of the Dental Assisting Program’s recent graduates. Kalexiz Servin, who was hired to work full time at …

CTE Student Spotlight: Eric Hernandez

Eric is very close to our hearts at the COE. He attended high school at La Manzana through the Santa Cruz COE Alternative Education. His …

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2022 Environmental Action Summit

By Kayla Liu A passion of mine has always been environmental activism and sustainability. As a high school student, there was never the urgency that …

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YEA’s Latest Project: Community Medicinal Garden

Starting February 14th, Youth for Environmental Action began working on a community medicinal garden project. Our student-led leadership group, Youth for Environmental Action, is supported …

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Using Writing To Claim Your Space

My name is Marlize Velasco. I’m currently a freshman at Cabrillo majoring in political science. My ambition with a political science major is to  become a …

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Student Corner: Mental Health with Marlize Velasco

Trigger Warning This writing will address self-harm. I wanted to interview someone who was willing to talk about their mental health struggles and experience of …

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19/20 Youth for Environmental Action Leadership Team

The purpose of the Youth Environmental Leadership Group is to increase and connect youth and community efforts focused on environmental sustainability and implementation of local solutions.