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#BulldogSTRONG Student Spotlight: Nayeli Camacho

Student: Nayeli Camacho
Year in School: Senior
Plans After High School: Has applied to Stanford, USC, and UCLA. Nayeli would like to attend Stanford and major in Public Policy. 
What Makes Nayeli #BulldogSTRONG: In her entire academic career at Golden Valley High School, Nayeli Camacho's lowest grade in any class is an A and due to the number of Honors and AP classes that she has taken, her GPA currently stands at 4.5. Camacho always gives 100% in all that she does. Beyond great success in the classroom, Camacho is active in a number of ventures, whether they are academic or serve the community of Bakersfield. As a junior, Camacho was part of Hispanics Organized for Political Equality where she was one of four students that went to Sacramento and presented to congressmen about health access for Hispanics. During the summer, Camacho was selected to attend a Stanford University Summer Session in which her and other students around the country studied international human rights. This year, Camacho was selected to the Jim Burke Education Foundation Dream Builders program and along with other students around the Kern High School District, they have created posters centered around mental health in order to help students that may be struggling with mental health issues. This year, Camacho was part of the GVHS We The People team that finished in 2nd place in the 21st Congressional District and ended up travelling to Sacramento for the state competition. Along with her laundry list of accomplishments, Camacho is part of the AVID and French Clubs and for two years participated in the Golden Valley folklorico program. Furthermore, Camacho has been a three year member of the girls golf team and for the past few years, she has been the Bulldogs number one golfer. In addition to her extremely busy schedule, Camacho also teaches elementary students how to cook through a 4-H Cooking Academy.    
What #BulldogSTRONG Means to Nayeli: "Being #BulldogSTRONG means inspiring others to do their best. It also means that you should never think that you are greater or better than somebody else. #BulldogSTRONG has taught me to follow my passions and take PRIDE in where I come from. In addition, it means that I should strive to SERVE the community through respect towards others."
What Teachers Think of Nayeli: 
"Nayeli is the essence of #BulldogSTRONG. She has a passion for learning that shows in her desire to constantly do better, be better, and grow as a person. She shows relentless PRIDE for her school and community through her involvement in athletics, academic clubs, AP classes, and working with her church. Naylei is a quiet yet humble student who shows grace and respect towards her peers and the Golden Valley staff alike. It is a joy to be her teacher and observe her kindness and positive attitude day in and day out, and I know she will only continue to lead by example and represent what it means to be #BulldogSTRONG in her bright future." - Madison Bush, English Teacher, Golden Valley High School.
"Nayeli Camacho literally embodies Growth, Pride, and Service in the Classroom, on Campus, and in our Community. While in my We the People class, Nayeli demonstrated the ability to engage in higher level thinking and learning. As our team qualified for the state competition, Nayeli helped anchor her unit and demonstrated an in-depth knowledge of the complex issues surrounding the creation of the American Constitution and how it relates to many modern issues as well. Because of her leadership in class and in the other activities she has divested herself in on campus, I nominated her for the Dr. Jack Brigham Outstanding Citizenship Award which is given to not just the top student of each We the People team but to the student who most embodies the value of civic virtue in our community. In addition, her leadership among her peers not only helped her classmates, but was a tremendous relief for me as the teacher knowing I could always rely on her to go above and beyond my own expectations. Without a doubt Nayeli Camacho is one of the most outstanding students I have had the joy of getting to teach and getting to know in the classroom." - John Hansen, History Teacher and We The People Coach, Golden Valley High School