Gavrielle Thompson '15: A Student Rising Above

SHC congratulates Piro Scholar Gavrielle Thompson ’15 for her acceptance into the Students Rising Above Program! Founded by local news anchor Wendy Tokuda and Community Relations Manager Javier Valencia, SRA began as a scholarship program that supported outstanding Bay Area students who were “beating the odds.” Today, SRA is a comprehensive program dedicated to supporting students through tutoring, mentoring, paid summer internships, career coaching and job training, access to health care services and financial assistance. [caption id="attachment_369977" align="alignright" width="240" class=" "]Gavrielle Thompson '15 (right) visits Rushmore Monument with fellow Kiva Service Learning Project student-leaders. Gavrielle Thompson '15 (right) visits Mount Rushmore National Memorial with fellow Kiva Service Learning Project student-leaders.[/caption] SRA selects students during their junior year of high school and connects each student with an advisor and mentor, both of whom will support the student for the next several years: from high school, through college and beyond.
As a De Marillac graduate, she has understood very early on that her Lasallian Vincentian education is in partnership with others.
For first-generation students, wrap-around services such as these make a tremendous impact on their success as they navigate higher education. Director of Student Support Angel-Max Guerrero shares, “Gavrielle’s accomplishment demonstrates her ability to successfully access resources. As a De Marillac graduate, she has understood very early on that her Lasallian Vincentian education is in partnership with others. Her acceptance into SRA is a testament to her ambition and initiative.” Now a senior, Gavrielle has participated in Yearbook, the SHC Wrestling Team, and now as a Kiva Service Learning Project student-leader. She is the second SHC Piro Scholar to garner acceptance into SRA, following Raymond Fisher-Travis ’13.    

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