When Julian Parrish starts his senior year at San Leandro High, he'll have enjoyed a recent trip to Washington, D.C., and a paid internship with Junior Achievement of Northern California.
Parrish, who turns 17 soon, was one of five East Bay students who won those opportunities from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation.
He is a member of San Leandro High's Black Students Union, and has served on the city's Youth Advisory Commission. Raised in San Leandro, he attended Roosevelt Elementary School and Bancroft Middle School before going on to San Leandro High. Among other extracurriculars, he has run track.
Parrish was one of 225 students nationwide who gathered in the Capitol for what BofA called a Student Leadership Summit.
The other East Bay winners were:
- Cara He, a recent graduate of Oakland's Skyline High School .
- Sricharana Muppidi, a Pleasanton resident and incoming senior at Amador Valley High School.
- Sai Kosaraju, a San Ramon resident and incoming senior at Dougherty Valley High.
- Zhenzheng Hu, a recent graduate of Fremont's Irvington High School.
"They are gaining valuable real-world experience that will help them develop further as leaders," said Janet Lamkin, Bank of America President, California.