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Posse students in their own words

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Daniel Zamora, 24
High School: Belmont
Major at Grinnell: Studio art
Plans: Take year off to work on his art in Los Angeles, then seek master’s in fine art, specializing in drawing or multimedia.
Goal: Artist Play interview clip (Duke Helfand / Los Angeles Times)
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Jessica Starling, 21
High School: Middle College
Major at Grinnell: Psychology
Plans: Seek social work training through county Department of Children and Family Services; attend training program in phlebotomy at Cal State Long Beach.
Goal: Public health or social worker Play interview clip (Duke Helfand / Los Angeles Times)
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Nakeyia Poitier, 22
High School: Middle College
Major at Grinnell: Left before declared
Plans: Work at Long Beach check-cashing outlet; enroll in Long Beach City College while living with mother and sister
Goal: Elementary school teacher Play interview clip (Duke Helfand / Los Angeles Times)
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Steven Johnson, 21
High School: Westchester
Major at Grinnell: Sociology
Plans: Seek master’s in urban policy at New School in New York
Goal: City manager or health policy analyst for seniors Play interview clip (Duke Helfand / Los Angeles Times)
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Valentin Jimenez, 22
High School: Garfield
Major at Grinnell: Spanish
Plans: Take year off, then seek master’s in education through the Los Angeles Unified School District or Teach for America.
Goal: High school counselor in Los Angeles Play interview clip (Duke Helfand / Los Angeles Times)
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Sandra Herrera, 22
High School: Carson
Major at Grinnell: Psychology
Plans: Seek master’s in education, teaching credential from Pepperdine
Goal: Elementary school teacher or school psychologist Play interview clip (Duke Helfand / Los Angeles Times)
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Nikisha Glenn, 21
High School: Locke
Major at Grinnell: Physics
Plans: Seek master’s in education, teaching credential from Pepperdine
Goal: Elementary school teacher Play interview clip (Duke Helfand / Los Angeles Times)
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Evelyn Gándara, 21
High School: USC/MAST Magnet High School
Major at Grinnell: General science with chemistry concentration; sociology
Plans: Apply to medical school, work for Jesuit Volunteer Corps
Goal: Pediatrician or obstetrician in developing country Play interview clip (Duke Helfand / Los Angeles Times)
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Lauro Franco, 22
High School: San Fernando
Major at Grinnell: Religious studies
Plans: Work for a grass-roots organization in Los Angeles; seek master’s in education
Goal: High school history teacher; religion or history professor Play interview clip (Duke Helfand / Los Angeles Times)
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Na Hee Bae, 22
High School: Belmont
Major at Grinnell: Biochemistry; Chinese
Plans: Attend nursing school
Goal: Registered nurse

Play interview clip

 (Duke Helfand / Los Angeles Times)
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