Upward Bound Scholars

Almazan, Jorge

Jorge Almazan 

Senior ℅ 2024

Hi, my name is Jorge Almazan and I am from Channel Islands High School. I found out about UBCI through my teachers and friends. I decided to join UBCI in order to achieve my pursuit of being successful and having a good education and to be around others that also share this inclination for a higher education. I will be the first in my family to go to college or university and to establish the foundation of our family’s legacy by graduating and attaining that higher education. My dream school is USC where I hope to continue with my long-standing passion for Drumline and major in Computer Engineering. My dream careers are to be an IT or some job related to Computers & Engineering, or Entrepreneur. I am interested in photography, videography, building contraptions, legos, music, playing drums, and especially, creating new connections, relationships with my community.

Alvarado, Rihanna

Rihanna Alvarado 

Junior ℅ 2025

My name is Rihanna Alvarado and I am a Junior at Channel Islands High School. One of my good friends introduced me to Upward Bound and talked to me about the workshops, what they do to help us and how to apply. I chose to apply because I want to go to college, that is my ultimate goal! I want to experience something no one in my family has done. I want to either get into the medical field to become a Registered Nurse or study Sociology to become a Social Worker/Parole Officer. If I end up getting interested in the Medical Field, I want to apply at CSUCI or Ventura College. For Sociology, I would apply to Westmont College or UCSB. I would love to have that college experience but also not be too far away from home. I think it’s important for me to continue going to school and accomplishing my dream to show the younger kids in my family that anything is possible if you set goals for yourself and put your mind to it.

Angel, Kelly

Kelly Angel

Senior ℅ 2024

I found out about UBCI in my Freshman year, when they did a presentation during class. I chose to apply because of the benefits I would get from joining. My educational goal is to become a High School Teacher. The school I want to attend is CSUCI. My interests are watching K-dramas, listening to music, and watching anime.

Anthony, Mathew

Mathew Anthony

Sophomore ℅ 2026

I found out about UBCI from my older sister and some of my friends. I chose to apply so I can learn more about colleges. One of my education goals is to find what I really like and find a career from that, and also could hopefully run for a school. I am interested in running and doing fun things.

Arellano, Angel

Angel Arellano 

Junior ℅ 2025

Hello, I am Angel Arellano, I am a current Junior. I found out about UBCI during the summer of my freshman year during a robotics course that was being offered and applied to learn more about colleges, and careers, and be able to help out in the community through community service opportunities. My career interests are in Marine Biology, Computer Science/Engineering, and or some sort of Engineering.

Biascan, Cassie

Cassie Biascan

Senior ℅ 2024

I am a current Senior. I found out about UBCI through a friend and my teachers. I chose to apply because I thought it would be a great opportunity to get help and learn more about what to expect for the future. They also had amazing coordinators and great service that I wanted to have and because everyone is super nice and welcoming there. My interests are crocheting, cooking, traveling, creating arts and crafts, singing and listening to music and, learning languages. My educational goals are getting into my desired major in nursing and becoming a nurse practitioner or an anesthesiologist. In doing so I want to get my doctorate degree and complete all my studies at CSUCI and while I’m learning I will work as a CNA at a nursing care facility.

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Araceli Bruno

Senior ℅ 2024

I am a Senior at Channel Islands. I became aware of this program through my math teacher. I joined for the mentoring and assistance received for all 4 years. I love horror, cats, and free food. I aim to pursue a career in Civil/Industrial/Mechanical Engineering.

Carrillo, Adamaris

Adamaris Carrillo

Junior ℅ 2025

As a student of Ms.Rousseau's English class sophomore year, I became aware of UBCI. Whenever she spoke about the program, she always emphasized how it’s an amazing program and how helpful it is. Due to the many positive and amazing things I heard about the program and the source, I decided to apply to UBCI. My educational goals are to graduate from CI and attend a college or university to earn my Bachelor's Degree. I am not certain which university I intend to attend. My interests are traveling, art, and community involvement.

Casas, Melina

Melina Casas

Junior ℅ 2025

I found out about UBCI through a friend named Lily my sophomore year. I chose to apply to UBCI because I wanted guidance and leadership in college/university. My educational goals are to get a Bachelors and perhaps an Associates degree in Spanish and Criminology. Some of my interests are softball, watching the sunset, and going to Mexico.

Castrejon, Eross

Eross Castrejon

Junior ℅ 2025

Greetings, my name is Eross Castrejon. I am currently a Junior for the class of 2025. I heard about UBCI during my freshman year from one of their presentations. The reason I chose to apply was because of the UBCIs benefits that could help me attend college. One of my educational goals is to attend a 4 year college and hopefully become an IT. Some of my interests are games, psychology, and golf.

Cazares, Sheila

Sheila Cazares

Senior ℅ 2024

I am currently a Senior. I found out about UBCI through my sister because she was part of UBCI when she was in high school. I chose to apply to UBCI because I know I need the extra help when it comes to school. My educational goal is to be able to become a doctor so that I can help others. Some of my interests are spending time with my friends and family and working out.

Cervantes, Jaelyn

Jaelyn Cervantes 

Junior ℅ 2025

Hi my name is Jaelyn Cervantes, I am currently a Junior at CIHS and the way I found out about UBCI was through a presentation they gave during my math class freshman year which made it very helpful for school. I chose to apply because I saw how helpful this program could benefit me in my struggles I might have while in school whether it’s tutoring or applying for a scholarship and many more. Educational goal that I have is to graduate high school and go to a Community College or University or even Trade School to be able to become an Ultrasound Technician. Being a Sonographer has been one of my biggest interests ever since freshman year, I love how it’s part of the medical field and it’s a non-stressful bit kind of stressful job that involves talking to patients and making sure they get scanned correctly and not miss anything important and also has to deal with babies which I loveeee!

Cortez, Jose

Jose Cortez

Junior ℅ 2025

I found out about UBCI when they did a little presentation in my math class and that caught my interest. I applied because I knew this program was going to help me achieve my educational goals. It was going to help me push myself. My education goals are to go to a local college for two years and become first generation. After two years of college I want to transfer to a four year university, not sure of my major yet. Some of my interests include learning about cars and doing outdoor activities like fishing and camping.

D'Aquilla, Delilah

Delilah D'Aquilla 

Junior ℅ 2025

I found out about UBCI through my mom, and some announcements and fliers. I chose to apply because it would be useful due to the offered tutoring and college application help. I’ve thought about going to CSUCI, but my primary focus is music and the arts. If I get the chance I’d like to major in some music-adjacent topic or paleontology, even if that’s completely different. My interests are music, paleontology, chemistry, biology, and art.

Garcia, Alexa

Alexa Garcia

Senior ℅ 2024

My name is Alexa, I’m a Senior and the way I found out about UBCI was through my friend’s mom who told my mom about it. I chose to apply because it seemed like a good program to be in and could help me throughout my high school years. My interests are making ribbon roses and I always try to find new hobbies that will interest me. I plan to go to a university and major in business.

Gomez, Tatum

Tatum Gomez

Junior ℅ 2025

I am a Junior. My sister was an Upward Bound student. I chose to apply because I really liked their presentation and thought why not try something new. My interests include reading, spending time with my friends, and creative writing. I hope to become a Psychiatrist in the future and attend a UC.

Gonzalez, Elizabeth

Elizabeth Gonzalez

Senior ℅ 2024

How I found out about UBCI was from my sister. I chose to apply because it might help me with my homework and others things that they could offer me in the future. My educational goals are to go to a 2 year college transfer to a 4 year college and get my Bachelor's Degree in Business. My interests include: writing, watching anime, and listening to music.

Gonzalez, Gabriela

Gabriela Gonzalez

Junior ℅ 2025

Hello my name is Gabriela Gonzalez, I am a Junior. I found out about UBCI from people telling me what UBCI was during one of my classes and I chose to apply to get help on my homework. My educational goals are graduating from highschool, going to college, and getting good grades. My interests are playing the bass and listening to music.

Gutierrez, Maria

Maria Gutierrez

Senior ℅ 2024

My name is Maria Gutierrez and I am a Senior at Channel Islands High School. I decided to join UBCI to gain extra support and guide me into higher education. In the future I would like to attend a four year university and pursue a career in business. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my friends and family, shopping, and going to the beach.

Hernandez, Angelica

Angelica Hernandez 

Junior ℅ 2025

Hello my name is Angelica Hernandez and I am currently a Junior at Channel Islands. I joined UBCI because my mom’s friend recommended me about the program. I joined UBCI to get help with my homework and learn about the process of applying to college. I plan to become an engineer and open up my own business.

Hernandez, Carlos

Carlos Hernandez

Junior ℅ 2025

I found out about UBCI by my friend Eross, he introduced it to me. I chose to apply because I believe it would help me in my grades or in college, help me figure out what is best for me. For my educational goal, I hope I will be able to get into Cal Lutheran and possibly just continue going to school. My interests include playing video games and lifting weights.

Hernandez, Karen

Karen Hernandez

Senior ℅ 2024

One day someone from the Upward Bound called my mom asking if I was interested in joining the program because someone had recommended me, that is how I heard about Upward Bound. I chose to apply because I wanted to get a better understanding on how to get to college and also for tutoring. My educational goal is to be a teacher for young children.

Himaya, Chanella

Chanella Himaya

Junior ℅ 2025

My name is Chanella Himaya and I am currently a Junior at CIHS. I found out about UBCI through my English teacher during sophomore year. I chose to apply because this program seemed like a great tool for me to know more about what I want to be or what university I want to go to after high school as I was not sure then. I like hanging out with my family and good friends, watching movies, and listening to music while reading. Now that UBCI have shown me many opportunities I can have, my goals are to graduate and go to medical school.

Horario, Hailey

Hailey Horario 

Junior ℅ 2025

My name is Hailey Skye and I am a Junior. In freshman year, my English class had a presentation about UBCI and that’s how I learned about it. I chose to apply because, in the presentation, my presenters mentioned having tutoring available to any members. In the future, I plan to pursue a career in the medical field, specifically Nursing. My only interest at the moment is cooking.

Juarez, Lindsay

Lindsay Juarez

Junior ℅ 2025

Hi, I’m Lindsay, a Junior in high school in UBCI. From my point of view UBCI has provided me with many opportunities like field trips, tutors, workshops, and so much more. They’re a program that has helped me throughout high school and in my times of need academically, as well as providing me with advice overall. UBCI has helped me keep myself motivated and academically in progress!

Lopez, Julissa

Julissa Lopez 

Senior ℅ 2024

My name is Julissa, and I’m a Senior at Channel Islands High School. I found out about UBCI during my sophomore year through a presentation. I chose to apply because I wanted to learn more about college, gain new academic skills, and receive extra support. This program helped me with college applications and scholarships. After high school, I plan to attend a university and major in Mathematics. Math has always been my favorite subject, so I hope to become a math teacher in the future.

Lopez, Yoceli

Yoceli Lopez

Junior ℅ 2025

My name is Yoceli Lopez. I am currently a Junior in Channel Islands High School. I joined UBCI to try to find other opportunities for my college applications in the upcoming future. I was interested in UBCI because I found out you can find numerous opportunities which can benefit me. Some of my goals are to become a Chef and study in France. I would like to study in a 4 year University after College.

Magaña, Daniela

Daniela Magaña

Senior ℅ 2024

Currently, I am a Senior attending Channel Islands High School. I found out about UBCI when a school counselor came into my middle school class and presented some programs UBCI sounded so interesting since I wanted to go to college, yet I had no idea. I chose to apply because I researched their program and saw how many of their students go to college and I wanted their support. My interests include crocheting, scrapbooking, reading, and watching romcoms! One goal I have for my education is to attend a four-year university with minimal debt and be able to work with my school's newspaper and media programs.

Magaña Leiva, Kimberly

Kimberly Magaña Leiva

Junior ℅ 2025

Hi my name is Kimberly Magaña Leiva and I’m currently a Junior. I found out about UB from a friend. I applied because I heard many great things about the program and I want to get guidance as I get closer to entering college. I want to be the first in my family to go to a 4-year so I make sure I always get As or Bs. I’m interested in the health field and my dream school is UCSD. I enjoy listening to music, going out with my friends, and overall having fun

Martinez, Ruby

Ruby Martinez

Senior ℅ 2024

I found out about UBCI from my aunt. I chose to help me through my highschool because I knew I would struggle. My educational goal is going to CSUN and majoring in Interior Design. My interests are getting a good job and being successful.

Mendoza, Angel

Angel Mendoza

Sophomore ℅ 2026

Hi, I’m Angel, I’m a Sophomore. I found out about UBCI through my two older brothers. I decided to apply because I wanted to receive help getting into university. I would like to attend UC Berkeley and major in Computer Science. I enjoy learning about math and history!

Miranda, Jayryl

Jayryl Miranda

Junior ℅ 2025

I found out about UBCI through my friend Zaide. She helped guide me throughout highschool. I chose to apply so I can get help and have more resources for success. My educational goals are to pass my classes and hopefully learn something I can use in everyday life. My main goal is to get a 3 or better on the upcoming AP tests. I like to eat and workout. I enjoy reading and playing video games.

Montelongo, Adrian

Adrian Montelongo

Senior ℅ 2024

Hello. My name is Adrian Montelongo and I am currently a Senior at Channel Islands. I found out about Upward Bound through my mom. Her and my Tias were involved in it when they were in school. I chose to apply because I saw what UBCI could offer and how it could benefit me in the long run. I enjoy music, sports and spending time with family. My goal in the near future is to obtain a degree from Moorpark College and pursue a career in Radiology.

Munoz, Isabel

Isabel Muñoz

Senior ℅ 2024

Hey my name is Isabel Muñoz, I’m currently a Senior in CIHS. I found out about UBCI through one of my closest friends. She told me about the opportunities they offer in tutoring, advising, and the help they offer to the students. I chose to apply because I needed more help in certain subjects, but also helping out in colleges especially with senior year. One of my education goals is graduating from ASU with my Masters and hopefully getting my Doctorate in CSUSD. A few of my interests are ASB, reading and working to get money.

Padilla, Sofia

Sofia Padilla

Sophomore ℅ 2026

My name is Sofia Padilla. I am currently a Sophomore at CIHS. I found out about UBCI through my older brother. I decided to join UBCI to get guidance throughout my high school career and to be exposed to all the opportunities UBCI has to offer. I want to attend a 4-year university after high school and major in the STEM field. During my free time I like to read and bake.

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Maite Peinado

Junior ℅ 2025

 

Perez, Jimena

Jimena Perez

Sophomore ℅ 2026

Hi, my name is Jimena Perez. Currently I am a Sophomore at CIHS. I found out about UBCI through a friend and teacher. I chose to apply because I think UBCI can help me further my knowledge and help guide me to my future. I hope to become a business owner or a type of lawyer. Some things I enjoy are spending time with my family, playing water polo, and watching sunsets.

Prado, Ashley

Ashley Prado

Sophomore ℅ 2026

My name is Ashley Prado. I’m currently a Sophomore at CI. I found out about UBCI through a friend. I decided to apply to get more help with my classes and to get opportunities in the future. I would like to be an Ultrasound Technician. My future school, I would like to go to UC Merced. I enjoy taking my dog to the beach and riding my bike.

Ramirez, Elizabeth

Elizabeth Ramirez

Senior ℅ 2024

I found out about UBCI from a friend. I chose to apply because I was interested in learning about colleges. My goal is to go to Medical School and become a Family Doctor. I like to play water polo and workout. I also love to read books.

Rodriguez, Adriana

Adriana Rodriguez

Senior ℅ 2024

Hello, my name is Adriana Rodriguez. I’m a Senior at Channel Islands High School. I found out about UBCI through a club I’m in called LULAC. During the summer they invited me to some field trips to different schools and that’s how I learned more about UBCI. I chose to apply because I saw all the resources that were available to students in the program. My current goal is to become an EMT and serve my community as a first responder. Some of my interests are reading and watching movies.

Rodriguez, Breanna

Breanna Rodriguez

Senior ℅ 2024

Hi my name is Breanna Rodriguez. I found out about UBCI through my friend who was in the program. I chose to apply to better inform myself on what steps to take to further my education. My education goals are to get my DVM or to become a Registered Veterinary Technician. My interests include animals, anime, and art.

Rojas, Hailey

Hailey Rojas 

Senior ℅ 2024

My name is Hailey Rojas. I’m a senior and I learned about Upward Bound Channel Islands from my sisters. I joined because of all the opportunities the program offers, such as the yearly summer academy. I’m interested in Legos, English, and comics. I enjoy action and shounen manhwa (Korean comics). I will major in English to get a Masters Degree. I plan on using my degree to become a secondary English teacher. My overall goal is to have a job where I’m financially stable enough to support my desired lifestyle while in a workplace I enjoy.

Romo, Alondra

Alondra Romo 

Junior ℅ 2025

I’m a Junior. I found out about UBCI from a friend. I chose to apply because I wanted to be a part of something new, I wanted to learn more about colleges/universities on how to apply and just for when I needed help on homework/classwork I could go to the room and they’d help me. My educational goals are to pass all my classes and continue to do good so I could get into a good college/university. My number one interest is flag football, I love the sport and the friendships I’ve made while in season.

Salvador, Miriam

Miriam Salvador

Junior ℅ 2025

Hi my name is Miriam Salvador and I am currently a Junior. I found out about UBCI in my math class when Andrea went and talked about the program. I applied because I thought it would be a great opportunity to learn more about college and careers. They also help with homework, scholarships, colleges, etc. After high school, I want to go to a 4 year university and get into medical school.

Solano, Lisseth

Lisseth Solano 

Junior ℅ 2025

Hello!!! My name is Lisseeth Solano. I am currently a Junior at CIHS. I joined this program because I was drawn to the good balance of academic and fun activities that made UBCI very welcoming to try. As of right now, I am very interested in digital art since I am taking a class here at CI. I can draw for hours, I won’t get tired of it!! I don’t have any dream schools, but I would want one that has an awesome art program. I was very intrigued of an idea about starting my own business in using my artwork to create K-pop fan art, stickers, and so much more!!!

Solano, Nereida

Nereida Solano 

Sophomore ℅ 2026

My name is Nereida and I am currently a Sophomore at CI. I found UBCI through my sister and mom. My mom knew what was best for me and encouraged me to join UBCI to give me a head start in everything. One of my educational goals is to pursue a career in the medical field and stay on top of everything to get me there. Some interests I have are doing hands-on projects like arts n crafts, crocheting, helping others etc.

Tapia, Vanessa

Vanessa Tapia 

Sophomore ℅ 2026

Hello my name is Vanessa Tapia and I'm currently a Sophomore at Channel Islands High School. I found out about UBCI through a friend. I chose to apply so that I can learn more about college and what career I’d like to pursue in the future. My educational goal is to go to a college and get my Bachelor’s. My interests are watching new movies and baking.

Tellez, Ruben

Ruben Tellez

Senior ℅ 2024

I found out about UBCI from my Cross Country Teacher Miss Anthony who asked me if I wanted to join. I chose to join because it sounded fun and I didn’t know much about College and I needed help from professionals and I like to work for my future. My educational goal is to become a Zoologist or Veterinarian in order to help animals who can’t help themselves. My interests are reading, running, roblox and animals, and overall learning more about the overall world as a whole. I want to be more understanding about the world around us.

Texis, Iris

Iris Texis 

Freshman ℅ 2027

Hello my name is Iris. I'm a Freshman at CI. I found out about UBCI because my godmother suggested it before highschool. I decided to join in order to get help with my classes and have a good future. Some educational goals I have are to get into a college/university, get into medical school, and become a Pediatrician or Dermatologist. A few things I'm interested in are video games, music, and sleeping.

Texis, Uriel

Uriel Texis 

Sophomore ℅ 2026

I found out about UBCI because my sisters told me to join and they did it when they were in high school. I chose to apply because I want to go to a University after high school. My educational goal is to become something that has sports or health in it. My interests are running, soccer, and video games.

Trejo, Michelle

Michelle Trejo 

Junior ℅ 2025

I am currently a junior in high school, and I found out about UBCI through peers. I chose to apply because UBCI has a lot to offer and helps guide students to higher education; this is helpful especially as a first gen student. My interests include guitar, piano, overall making music, and film. My career goal is to get at least a Bachelor Degree in Business from a university that I admire to keep chasing my lifelong dream.

Valdivieso, Emanuel

Emanuel Valdivieso

Junior ℅ 2025

During the summer that I transitioned from 8th grade to 9th I entered the summer academy program. Dr. Cruz introduced me to Upward Bound. I chose to apply because of the benefits and the extra help. Also because I want to be involved in at least 1 program. My educational goals in the short term (1-5 years): graduate from high school, go to a UC or USC, get a job in architecture, automotives, or computer, driver license. Medium term (6-10 years): graduate from UC or USC, have a stable income, finance a home and dream car. Long term (11-20 years): have a business/own part, live life. My interests are soccer, cars, and the gym.

Valencia, Jose

Jose Valencia 

Senior ℅ 2024

My friend recommended UBCI to me. I chose to apply because I wanted to have support on applying to colleges. I want to become a film director and record the beauty the world has to offer. I like movies, music, fashion, sports, pretty much everything.

Vargas, Xaire

Xaire Vargas 

Sophomore ℅ 2026

Hi! My name is Xaire Vargas and I am currently a Sophomore here at Channel Islands High School. I found out about Upward Bound through my brother who is now an Alumni of the organization. I chose to apply because I wanted the amazing opportunities his organization offers. My education goal is to attend UC Berkeley like my brother and become a Lawyer. My interests are horse riding, baking, and reading!

Villa, Nethzary

Nethzary Villa

Junior ℅ 2025

Hello I'm Nethzary Villa, a Junior at Channel Islands High School. UBCI has helped me so much in school with class work and understanding college. Our tutors are very knowledgeable of the topics and they help you actually understand the materials. As well as a team, they're super friendly they aren't just mentors, but they are someone that you could actually have a conversation with. In my career, I have planned to be studying in Early Childhood Education and some of my hobbies are reading, crocheting, photography, cooking and legos.