Student Stories

This Spring, local high school students were asked to showcase their writing skills and uncover the unsung heroes in their community in Lookout’s first journalism scholarship. Students across the county submitted profiles of local unsung heroes who are making positive differences in our community, inspired by our popular “Unsung Santa Cruz” series. Our editing team read and reviewed the submissions, choosing the top ten stories to publish and the top three receiving a $500 scholarship each. Read these stories below.

Any high school student can participate in this program individually, or it can be assigned as a class project. If you are a teacher and want your class to participate next year, please reach out to Jamie Garfield,

Martín Zepeda, an RSP teacher at Alianza Charter School, is an unsung hero who selflessly helps kids with learning...

DJ Nolten, a well-known educator in the Pajaro Valley School District, has led a colorful life filled with diverse...

Salud y Cariño is a nonprofit organization that helps middle school girls in the Live Oak community thrive through...

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