Mountain View High School, Mountain View
Melanie is a leader and student activist. In her sophomore year, she organized the student-led protest against state educational fund cuts. She galvanized others so that it grew to include 20 schools, 1000 students and numerous legislators rallying against the reduction. She founded the Vision New America High School Chapter which promotes civic participation among Asian Americans; she also founded her school’s Peer Mediation program. Melanie plans to attend University of California at Los Angeles, majoring in economics with an emphasis on political science and international relations. She plans to become an attorney in the future.