Why Education Matters Essay Winners

Celebrating Success In Public Schools

Each year the F3 Student AwardsTM recognizes talented student writers in the "Why Education Matters" contest.

High school seniors enrolled in California public schools submit original essays that provide their perspective on the role of education in reaching their goals.

It has been our honor to present each finalist with a $1000 award. We join our partner, the California Association of Latino School Administrators (CALSA), in congratulating these winners.


2018 Winners

Elizabeth Rojas Gallegos, Mission Vista High
"Moving to the United States when I was nine years old from Chihuahua, Chihuahua Mexico, a small town filled with poverty and gunshots, my parents were very aware of the difficulties that come with life’s journey." READ MORE
Marielena Rodas, Berkeley High
"When I was eight years old, the short memoir Cajas de Carton by Francisco Jimenez changed my life." READ MORE
Gabriella Maitland, Dublin High
"As I begin my post-secondary education I recognize I do not know every component or the exact steps to take as I put my strategic plan into motion; however, along the way I perform copious amounts of research and communicate with my school counselor and teachers as they serve as instrumental resources who have mentored and promoted me throughout my primary education." READ MORE
Jaqueline Estrada, Montgomery High
"Education is crucial for humans to engage and open doors of success on the long run." READ MORE
Isabella Venegas, Oak Hills High
"Education is a realm ready to be entered only if the scholar is willing to continue their journey." READ MORE


2017 Winners

Avera Asera, Davis Senior High School
Diana Gonzalez, Santa Monica High School
Ashlesha Govande, Santa Susana High School
Jacqueline Lam, El Monte High School
Jacob Toney, Buena Vista High School


2016 Winners

Nathan Alvarez, Dos Pueblos High School
Jessica Bouchard, Dublin High School
Alonso Casas, Olympian High School
Alexis Juarez, Ramona High School
Cassidy Scott, Vista Del Lago High School


2015 Winners

Diana Ethaiya, Silverado High School
Yanet Ibarra, Rancho Buena Vista High School
Krystal Lau, Davis Senior High School
Jennifer Macedo, San Marcos High School
Maria Rios, Valley High School


2014 Winners

Elden Arellano, Victor Valley High School
Brittany Krone, Victor Valley High School
Christopher Lan, San Gabriel High School
Madison McCarter, Oak Hills High School
Lindsey Mendez, Oak Hills High School


2013 Winners

Monica Alvarez, Dos Pueblos High School
Isabel Chen, Davis Senior High School
Emma Knowsen, Davis Senior High School
Even Morter, Nordhoff High School
Samuel Carrillo, The Preuss School


2012 Winners

Felix Magana, Buena High School
Laura Marsen, Rosamond High School
Catherine Mitchell, Guajome Park Academy
Ross Valeikas, Vista High School
Taya Zoormandan, Academy of the Canyons


2011 Winners

Melissa Carroll, Foothill Tech High School
Thanh Mai Chu, The Preuss School
Claudia Flores, Diamond Ranch High School
Patricia Gomez, Santa Paula High School
Lourdes Rumbo, Fremont High School
June Tong, West High School


2010 Winners

Timothy Bui, Northwood High School
Elizabeth Hernandez, Advanced Path High School
Megal Morales, Redlands East Valley High School
Juan Vasquez, Desert Mirage High School
Allison White, Grossmont High School


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