Staff Bios 2011-2012
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Ricardo Ayala is a senior in the Math, Science & Technology Magnet Academy at Theodore Roosevelt High School. He is vice president of his class and plays the xylophone in the marching band. He wants to attend university in California or New York.
Stephanie Baylon is a senior in Roosevelt’s Math, Science & Technology Magnet Academy. She enjoys writing about people’s lives and the community’s culture. Her favorite hobbies are taking photos and reading. She wants to become an ob/gyn or a pediatrician.
Alejandro Rojas is a freshman at Pasadena Community and one of the founders of Boyle Heights Beat. He graduated last June from Mendez Learning Center, where he was a member of the Decathlon Team. His favorite hobbies are reading and writing short stories and a historical-fiction novel inspired by his favorite authors, Harry Turtledove and Arthur Clarke. He dreams of becoming an engineer and collecting crystals from every continent.
Emmanuel Bravo is a senior at Mendez Learning Center. He enjoys meeting new people, watching movies, playing guitar, socializing, and traveling. He hopes to attend Boston University and major in civil engineering or psychology.
Omar Durán is a senior at Roosevelt’s Math, Science & Technology Magnet Academy. He loves photography, playing the Halo Reach video game and swimming on his school swim team.He plans to go to college so he can help his mom “finally rest and enjoy life” and he can buy his dream car, a Lamborghini.
Cinthia González is a senior at Roosevelt High School and one of the founders of the Boyle Heights Beat. She loves to dance, read, and take walks around Boyle Heights. She plans to attend university in the fall and work for the Community Rights Campaign.
Lesly Juárez is a sophomore in Roosevelt’s Math, Science & Technology Magnet Academy. During her free time, she enjoys writing, reading, traveling, eating, and running. She hopes to attend UCLA and become a journalist.
Jennifer Lam is a junior at Francisco Bravo Medical Magnet High School. She enjoys writing about community and health issues. She has a passion for the sciences, and her favorite hobbies include reading, writing, and running. She plans to attend college and major in a science and minor in journalism. Erick Luján is a senior at Mendez Learning Center. He enjoys making people laugh, making new friends, and skateboarding. He enjoys writing about the culture in Los Angeles, especially in Boyle heights. He would like to major in business at a good university and eventually own a clothing company. Kevin Martínez is a senior in Roosevelt’s Math, Science & Technology Magnet Academy. He enjoys discovering new music, playing soccer on his school team, and traveling. He hopes to major in sociology at Boston University or somewhere in the East Coast. He plans to visit the 50 states before he turns 25.
Melissa Martínez is a sophomore in Roosevelt’s School of Law & Government. She is one of the founders of Boyle Heights Beat, for which she’s written about domestic violence and the Boyle Heights Music School. Her hobbies are reading and music.
Yazmin Núñez is a sophomore at Roosevelt’s School of Law & Government. Yazmin is one of the founders of the Boyle Heights Beat and enjoys writing about people’s lives. She hopes to attend one of the campuses of the University of California and return home to serve her community.
Jonathan Olivares is a senior at Roosevelt. He has a passion for photojournalism and also enjoys writing about people’s lives and their impact on society. He would like to major in multimedia journalism and political science in college and then start his own multimedia family newspaper.
Andrew Román is a senior at Roosevelt’s Math, Science & Technology Magnet Academy. He spends his free time playing guitar, reading, making new friends, and studying. His favorite hobbies are photography, writing, and exploring the city. His goals are to study journalism, communications, and media. He hopes to become a photojournalist and work for the L.A. Times. Rosa Solache is a junior at Roosevelt. She is a founder of the Boyle Heights Beat, for which she has written on the economy and Homegirl Café, a gang intervention program. She enjoys biking, writing, and cooking. She would like to go to law school or continue to pursue journalism.