El Rancho High School student and Generation 1st Degree - Pico Rivera member Bethania Perez had the privilege of being one of 17 students chosen nationwide, only one of 2 representing the State of California, to be a part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Better Make Room Student Advisory Board.
A year ago, as part of her Reach Higher initiative, the First Lady announced a new public awareness campaign, Better Make Room, to target Generation Z, or young people ages 14–19, to celebrate education, change the national conversation, and reach students directly where they are and give them a space to create content while also navigating the college-going process. Now, Better Make Room needs students to help Mrs. Obama build this movement from the ground up. As a result Better Make Room Student Advisory Board was created and 17 student members were appointed to the board.
Making up one of the 17 spots on the board is El Rancho High School Senior, Bethania Perez. Bethania is currently the president of El Rancho’s California Scholarship Federation organization, which promotes scholarship and service and raises funds for scholarships and field trips. She is also a Link Crew member, a peer advisor, the captain of her school’s girls’ varsity soccer team, and a member of her school’s Athletic Council.
Bethania is a first-generation Latina student from a low-income household who aspires to become a biomedical engineer and strives to make a positive impact for females in the field of STEM.
Bethania will be working with the Board to carry out its mission to (1) create a college-going, college-persisting, and college-graduating culture at their schools; and (2) connect fellow students to any information and resources they might need to succeed.
The 2017 Inaugural Board has twelve high school students and five college students. Two-thirds of the Board members are, or will be, the first in their families to attain a postsecondary degree. Two-thirds of the high school student Board members currently attend Title I high schools and come from all over the nation, representing 13 states.
To begin the year, the Board had the opportunity to travel to Washington D.C. to attend First Lady Michelle Obama’s School Counselor of the Year Ceremony.
Congratulations to Bethania Perez for all her hard work and dedication.