This past February, student representatives from all Bellevue high schools attended the LEAP conference in Olympia, WA. The annual conference promotes, motivates and inspires Latino/a students to pursue educational careers beyond high school.

While at the conference, students had the unique opportunity to meet their legislators and advocate for undocumented students in the state of Washington. Students worked on letters to the Senate and House of Representatives for HB 2801: Expanding Higher Education for Certain Students. If approved by the legislature, HB 2801 would allow certain undocumented students to be eligible for the College Bound Scholarship.

Students attending the LEAP Conference: Brandon Rodriguez (Bellevue), Paige Urenda (Bellevue), Sofia Skubisz (Big Picture), Johanna Perez (Newport), Gabriel Donovan (Newport), Ergil Lopez (Interlake), Luz Ascencio Reyes (Interlake), Jennifer Mariely Gomez (Sammamish), Jesus Garcia Miramontes (Sammamish), Alessandra Barros Barreto (International)

The Bellevue School District acknowledges that we learn, work, live and gather on the Indigenous Land of the Coast Salish peoples, specifically the Duwamish and Snoqualmie Tribes. We thank these caretakers of this land, who have lived and continue to live here, since time immemorial.