Aminah is a junior at Newbury Park High School and a huge advocate for bilingual education. She is most passionate about Dual Language Learning programs and thinks they should be implemented in all school districts, especially Conejo Unified School District! Aminah believes programs like DLLs encourage youth to learn about the many languages and cultures that make up the United States. Aminah wants to positively impact as many lives as she can through a future career in either psychology or medicine. She is president of Future Health Leaders of America and Chief Explorer of the Ventura County 911 Medical Post. At school, she tutors at the Writing Center, plays on the varsity tennis team, and sings in the Advanced Women’s Choir. She enjoys working as a medical intern at Westminster Free Clinic, which she considers her second home. Aminah is thankful for her family and all of her amazing teachers at Newbury Park High School.
Emma is a senior at Newbury Park High School. She’s been playing the piano since she was in the fourth grade and finds it to be a therapeutic activity. She can never thank her piano teacher enough for not only helping her to find passion in playing the piano, but for all the useful life advice and guidance. She will be attending California State University Channel Islands next year to major in liberal studies with a teaching and learning emphasis. Emma hopes to become an Elementary School teacher. After volunteering to tutor Elementary School children with the Thousand Oaks Teen Tutoring Program, she fell in love with the gratification she got from helping kids learn. Emma hopes she can help children find the same love for learning that she has found.
Esther had Diffuse Large B-cell Lymphoma Stage 2 Cancer when she was 13 years old. After four rounds of chemotherapy, she was cancer free. Esther has learned the meaning of hope and who she is as an individual through her cancer journey. Even years after her treatment, she still tends to reflect back on her cancer past from time to time while being busy with her classes at Westlake High School. Along with her studies, she is the principal cellist at her school’s Chamber Orchestra and also volunteers at Los Robles Hospital and Cancer Support Community. She is planning on still being an advocate for people who undergo cancer and helping kids and teens in the medical world in her near future. Esther motivates herself to inform others what it is like to deal with cancer as a teenager and just as a human being. She hopes to lead a life worth living, express her perspective, and impact the lives of others.