High School: Castle Park High School
College: University of California, Berkeley
In a world so often defined by labels and distinctions it is rare and refreshing to meet someone for whom unity is a way of life. Through every word and action it is clear that Lissa Garcia sees one common human vision—a vision that destroys injustice and fosters respect and tolerance. Her work in the Social Justice Club, Asian Pacific Student Alliance, athletics and throughout her school reflects Lissa’s profound understanding that we are not single-issue beings and that we better our world by connecting with one another. Lissa’s globally unifying mindset is complemented by an equally ardent dedication to her local community where she succeeds at showing others the power of their own voice. Lissa’s revolutionary spirit will flourish as she works towards social justice at the University of California, Berkeley.