Local high school student gets accepted into Harvard University

GONZALES, Calif. - More than 130 students walked across the stage this year for the Gonzales High School graduation. One of them was Cecilia Trujillo, who has been accepted into one of top universities in the nation.

“I will be going to Harvard University in the fall," said Trujillo. 

Trujillo isn't just brains. The valedictorian with a 4.5 gpa is also an inspiration. She is an English language learner who comes from a migrant family and is the first to go to college. 

“I'm feeling proud that I accomplished what it is that I wanted to do," said Trujillo.

In high school the 17-year-old excelled in sports and academic programs, even took night classes at Hartnell College. 

"I'm really, really happy and proud of my daughter because she's a great student," said Cecilia’s father Jose Trujillo. 

Trujillo is not the only one who got into a reputable college. Other students will attend UCLA, Berkeley and Davis this fall.

"Excited, I get to leave now,” said Gonzales High School graduate Anthony Avila. “It's been a great time but college is going to be a much more challenging experience."

School officials said about 65 percent of the students will go onto to a university or community college.

"We have close to 96 percent Latino, Mexican American, Latino first generation students, so this is huge for us,” said Gonzales High School Academic Counselor Miguel Malagon.

Trujillo said she's getting a full ride to Harvard where she'll major in applied mathematics and will go on to medical school to become a dermatologist.

"Just as you can decide what you want to do with your life, you can also have an impact on what happens in your community and in your country," said Trujillo.

Dozens of other students also received scholarships from more than 20 different organizations. 

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