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Oliver Rodriguez

  • Gender: Male
  • Hometown: Temecula
  • State: California

Where do you hope to attend college?

The University of Chicago

What do you plan to major in?

Political Science

What extracurriculars are you involved in?

Boys Varsity Soccer, captain; Club Soccer; Mock Trial; Science Olympiad, historian; Math Club; Students Demand Action, treasurer; Chess Club, treasurer; Southern California Youth Liberty Club, executive board member; Debate, captain.

What achievements, recognition, and/or awards have you received?

Athlete of the Month, Temecula Valley High School Victory with Honor, Principal’s Honor Roll (5x), Scholar-Athlete, California Youth Think Tank participant, Chicano Latino Youth Leadership Project participant, AP Scholar with Honor, National Society of High School Scholars, California Scholarship Federation

Biggest hurdle you’ve overcome?

The biggest hurdle I have overcome was attending an elementary and middle school where I was the only native Spanish speaker and person of Latinx descent. The only other person who natively spoke Spanish was the janitor. I learned to distinguish myself through my academic ability and quickly learned that even when I worked hard, others would still only see my skin color and background.

What are your plans for the future?

Attending law school and then working for the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office. Afterward, if I am able to, I would like to represent my fellow Latinos and Chicanos in Congress.

What HSF Events have you attended?

2020 (virtual) Youth Leadership Institute – University of Southern California