The Bahena-Esquivel Family is building a future around scholastic achievement

Angelica Bahena and Juan Esquivel’s eldest son, 18-year-old Juan Jr., graduated high school in May with a 3.8 GPA and multiple honors, including the Ronald Reagan Presidential Leadership Award, President Obama’s Volunteer Service Award, and three scholarships. Juan’s younger brother Alejandro attends Fort Miller Middle School, and is completing advanced level math. He also finds time to translate for monolingual participants at community meetings and to keep up with his baseball team. Sisters Virginia and Sheyla are 9 and 4 years old respectively. Virginia is currently in the third grade at Edison Bethune Charter School and plays the violin, while Sheyla is participating in the First 5 program at Steven Gordon Preschool.

Angelica is active in parent clubs and consistently tutors her children at home. Juan attends ESL classes at Clovis Adult School while working as a welding contractor. He was recently nominated for president of the ILAC program.