Jocelyn Cuevas, 18, is a senior at Golden Valley High School. After graduating high school, she plans on going to college to study to become an engineer or a nurse. In her spare time, Cuevas enjoys drawing and painting fantasy related art. She joined South Kern Sol in order to be able to express herself in opinion pieces.
Randy Villegas is South Kern Sol’s Program Associate and Reporter. Villegas is a senior at Cal State Bakersfield, where he is majoring in political science and history. In his spare time, Villegas likes to play the drums and perform as well as play his favorite video game, Halo.
Amalia Lopez is a 17 year old junior at Arvin High School who plans to attend San Diego State University in order to become a writer. In her spare time, Lopez enjoys playing the trumpet with the Arvin High Bear Brigade. She decided to join South Kern Sol because she enjoys writing and would like to use her skills to report on issues important to South Kern.
Lynette Layus, 16, is a Junior at Arvin High School. She plans on attending UCLA to major in Journalism. In her spare time, Layus likes to volunteer at San Joaquin Hospital where she restocks supplies for the ER and prepares mom packets in the maternity ward. When she isn’t volunteering or working at South Kern Sol, she likes to watch her favorite show, The Walking Dead. Lynette joined South Kern Sol because it gives her experience so she can become a better writer.
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Yessenia Aguilar is a 18 year old, she is a senior at Arvin High School, she plans to attend Dartmouth University after high school where she plans to major in Econ and Political Science. She likes to volunteer at San Joaquin Hospital, restocking supplies and helping new mothers in the maternity ward. In her spare time, Aguilar likes to watch her favorite show, One Tree Hill. Aguilar joined South Kern Sol because it lets her express her opinions about the community and makes her feel like someone is listening to what she has to say.
Reyna Olaguez is the Program Manager and Editor for South Kern Sol, a program of New America Media. She was born in Durango, Mexico and has since been a lifelong resident of the Central Valley. She attended California State University, Bakersfield where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science, and a Master’s in Public Administration. Olaguez has always enjoyed working with her community. While in college, Olaguez volunteered with the United Farm Workers’ (UFW) Freeze Relief Program in Porterville, California. After college she completed an internship with Radio Campesina in Bakersfield and later became the radio station’s Community Outreach Director, where she continued to work closely with the UFW and other community-based programs. Olaguez went on to serve as a Legislative Aid to California State Senator Darrell Steinberg of Sacramento. Just prior to joining New America Media, Olaguez served as a U.S. Census Partnership Specialist for Kern County, where she was responsible for the overall administration of U.S. Census public relations activities in Kern County.