Denise's academic achievements are impressive. She has maintained a very high GPA, received distinguished honors and awards, and been involved in manyextracurricular activities. However, it is her passion for public policy and social justice that truly sets her apart.

During high school, she was a member of Upward Bound, a US Department of Education initiative that assists low-income, first-generation, and limited English proficient high school students in their preparation for college. This incredible program allowed Denise to explore 7 campuses across California, discover museums, and experience various attractions. She recalls “Through the trips and workshops, I gained a wider perspective of California outside of the Central Valley, which I believe has allowed me to become a more well-rounded, aware individual.” 

Denise is the first in her family to attend college and has been accepted to Yale University’s prestigious Ethics, Politics, and Economics program, with plans to focus on modern public policy strategies. She aspires to leverage this education in a career dedicated to legislative advocacy for underrepresented communities at the county and/or state level.