Upward Bound Scholars

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Dineh Barragan

I am a sophomore at Channel Islands high school. I joined UBCI because my older sister was in it and since it was an opportunity to be able to learn more about college. I hope to attend a university after Highschool and attain a PhD. My favorite subject currently is English, and my favorite color is blue.

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Alexandrea Bautista

I am a 12th grader at Channel Islands High School. My goals are to graduate high school with straight A’s. After I will go to either Oxnard College or Harvard University, if I get in. I joined upward Bound to help me with my classes. The tutoring and summer program helped prepare for my classes and future classes. I really enjoy the field trips UBCI provides because it helps me figure out or see new universities.



Nyla Betancourt

I’m a 12th grader at Channel Islands High School. I’m dedicated to school and like to keep my grades up. My goals for the future is to attend a 4 year university right after high school. I would like to pursue a career as a vet because i enjoy working with animals. I joined UBCI because I need the guidance to be successful in high school and to help me achieve my goal of going directly to a 4 year university.

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Pedro Calderon

I am in 12th grade at Channel Islands High school and my favorite subjects are science and mathematics. My dream college is UCLA or Stanford; my future career goals are to get accepted to either of my dream colleges and to become a Mechanical Engineer. I chose to be in Upward Bound because Upward Bound is a guide to all students to be successful on getting to college. Upward Bound is amazing and it offers so much help and I also get to have a lot of fun while learning many great things at the same time.

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Valeria Cardenas

I'm in the 12th grade at Channel islands High School. I have lived in Mexico and in Oxnard. I have two siblings, a brother and a sister. I chose to join Upward Bound because they help you with your grade, classes and how to get into college. I would like to be an architect when I grow up. I would like to attend UCSB or Harvard University.


John Casiano

I am entering my senior year of high school at Channel Islands High school. My favorite subjects from last year was biology and I am interested in many things: computers, video games, drawing, physics, astronomy, and biology to name a few. I chose to join Upward Bound to gain more insight on colleges and universities. In the near future, I hope to get a Bachelor's degree or higher in a STEM field while attending an Ivy league college, a University of California, or Stanford and Caltech. I am hoping for a STEM career where  get to use my skills.

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Juana Cazares

I am a 12th grader at Channel Islands. I would like to go to the University of San Diego. I would like to be an elementary school teacher or police officer. I love to play tennis at school. The reason I chose to join UBCI is because I heard it can help me get to college. I need help with this because I am the first person in my family to go to college.


Evelyn Chichil

I am in the 12th grade. I lived with my grandma for as long as I can remember but moved just recently. School is a place where everyone goes to lean and I personally love biology and anything that has to do with science and English, two very distinct school subjects that I’m not even sure go together. My dream school has been UC Davis because i want to be a veterinarian. The reason I joined Upward Bound was because I wanted someone to always check up on me and guide me in the right direction and I feel content knowing that I’m not alone.   

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Yael Escalona

My name is Yael, some of the things I am or was involved in at CI are soccer, football, asb, and I plan on being in baseball this junior year. I am also currently looking for a job this summer. Also, music is a big part of my life. I like to do everything with music shower, clean, work, homework, etc. Road trips and traveling is something I like to do a lot with my friends. Making new “friends” is hard for me because I don’t like to open up to anyone or trust anyone. I want to go to Chico university and after that I plan on becoming a firefighter.

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Amy Estrada

I'm in the 12th grade. I've lived in Oxnard most of life. I was born in Ventura. For the part of my life that wasn’t spent here, I lived in Bakersfield. I have 5 sisters and 1 brother. My two oldest siblings are attending college/university. One of them is attending UC Davis and the oldest one goes to Taft College, which is in Bakersfield. I have a pet dog and his name is Kiko. Some of the things I enjoy doing are going to the beach, playing basketball and hanging out with my friends. I am also an aspiring rapper.


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Mary Jane Franco

I'm in the 12th grade. I come from a Latino household and am very proud of my Latino roots. I try to embrace them as much as I can to others. I am the oldest and only girl in my family, Being the oldest brings a lot of responsibilities but I manage it. Everything I do is to be a good role model for my parents. Going to college is something I am working hard towards, I know I am capable of succeeding. I joined Upward Bound to get future help with college and financial aid, being in the program will benefit me as a student and person in life.


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Jocelyn Gutierrez

Hi my name is Jocelyn Gutierrez. I am in 12th grade at Channel Islands High School. In my free time I like to play soccer and go to dance practices. My reason why I stayed in Upward Bound is because this year feels like it’s going to get harder, like I am going to have more tests, homework, and projects. Another thing why I decided to stay was because two years ago it helped me with my AP class that I had failed first semester but Upward Bound was always on my back and they helped me raise up my grade for second semester.



Melanie Lopez

I am a 12th grader at Channel Islands High School. My dream career is to be a Doctor. I joined Upward Bound so that I can know what kind of university would be good for me and to help me get good grades all through high school. The reason I choose to be a Doctor is because I would always be seeing my family struggle with health issues and that motivated me to be a Doctor to help others who are in need of help. Ever since I was a child, I would always have in my mind that I wanted to be a Doctor and i have never changed my mind. I don't want to make a bad decision and choose the wrong college/university and that's why I know Upward Bound would help me find a great path. Also I can learn so much from this and I can know what to do when the time comes for college/university and how to pay for it. I am so lucky I found you guys (Upward Bound) so it can help me know what way I'm going to lead in.

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Cynthia Macias

I am a 12th grader at Channel Islands High School. In school I am involved in a club called California Scholarship Federation(CSF) and in EAOP(Early Academic Outreach Program). I enjoy volunteering and doing as much community service as I can. I have been given the opportunity to join Upward Bound. This is my first year and I joined in hope for better help towards my academic learning. My goal is to attend UCSB with the help of UBCI and pursue in a biology major.

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Jacqueline Macias

My name is Jacqueline Macias and I am a senior at Channel Islands High School. I am involved in clubs and programs such as the Early Academic Outreach Program, California Scholarship Federation, and Upward Bound. I decided to join Upward Bound to take advantage of their great resources and opportunities offered such as the academic enrichment courses, tutoring, and volunteer openings. What I most enjoy about Upward Bound is the college board environment and excursions to universities and museums. My goal is to attend a four-year university such as UCLA or Stanford University. I hope to achieve a career as a biomedical engineer.

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Miguel Macias

I am a 12th grader at Channel Islands High School. Channel Islands has given me the chance to join CSF(California Scholarship Federation), EAOP(Early Academic Outreach Program), and the Upward Bound Program. An interesting fact about me is that I am a triplet. I joined Upward Bound because I believe that this program is very beneficial for my future success. My goal is to attend UCSB or SDSU.


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Yazil Mejia

I am a senior at Channel Islands High School. I like to draw, paint, and do anything related to art. I would like to go to UCLA when I graduate. My future career goal is to become a nurse practitioner or an actual nurse. The reason I joined Upward Bound was because my friend told me about it and I believe it can help me reach my goals.

Eduardo Mendoza

Eduardo Mendoza

My name is Eduardo Mendoza and I'm in 10th grade. I joined UBCI through my older brother. Something I like to do is listen to music. My favorite subject in school is music/band. An interesting fact about me is that I never learned how to ride a bike.

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Guadalupe Mendoza

I am a senior at Channel Islands High School. My career goal is to be a lawyer. I chose to be in Upward Bound because I want to have a good future. Right now my future college is CSUCI. My favorite subject is Spanish.

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Melissa Mendoza

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Jesse Mora

I am a 12th grader at Channel Islands High School. My hobby is cooking and it would also be something I want to do as a job. For a career I would like to be an executive chef or a head chef. The college I would like to attend is either Santa Barbara College, ICE (Institute of Culinary Education), or CIA (Culinary Institute of America). I chose Upward Bound because I was interested in what the program does and provides.


Primitivo Reyes

I am in 12th grade at Channel Islands High School. My favorite subject is math because I enjoy doing it and I am good at it. I’m not sure which one is my future college yet but I would like to go to good college. My future career goals is a Lawyer, Judge, or an Architect because as a lawyer I could help people and architect because I could design and build stuff. I chose to join UBCI because I need help going to college and because my cousin told me that it would be fun.

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April Rivera


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Joselyn Texis

I'm in 12th grade. At Channel Islands High School I play soccer as an extracurricular activity. I chose  to join Upward Bound because I got told that hey help you with your classes and they show us ways to get into college. My future college and career plans are to be a ob/gyn. I would like to attend Harvard University and university of San Francisco.


Maria Texis

I am a senior at Channel Islands High School. STEM is one of my biggest interest at school. I would like to work at NASA or become a dental hygienist. I am currently doing a sport which is cross country. I am the second eldest in my family but I am usually in charge of taking care of my two younger siblings. I chose to be in Upward Bound because it is a helpful program that will help me succeed during my remaining time in high school.

Liliana Valdez

Liliana Valdez

My name is Liliana Valdez and I am a sophomore at Channel Islands High School. I joined UBCI because my older sister was in it and it would show not only support, but guidance. My sister wasn't always school oriented, but being in UBCI made her more social and her grades change dramatically. After joining she would show more effort and stability in her studies. This change for my sister made me inspired to join! I am not sure on what I want to do for my career, but with the help of UBCI I have been able to experience different career options. As of right now I am exploring the field of medicine. My favorite subject in school is Biology and English. Something random, but interesting about me is that I used to collect erasers as a child, the ones that looked like real food and everyday items.


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Marcos Vargas

I am in the 12th grade and I live in Oxnard California. I am very fortunate to live the life I live. I am so thankful that my parents came here to the United States to give their children an opportunity they never had. My parents especially my mom are very supportive of how I do and what I do in school. They are giving me an education they never got. I always want to try my best because I want to go places. I want to go where my parents haven't gone I want to see the places they never got to. I want to reach dreams they never achieved. I am not just doing this for myself but i am doing this for my family. I want to show my younger relatives what they can be capable of and much more.