James Monroe High School Law & Government Magnet

Law and Government Graduate Earns Truman Scholarship

Yesenia Ayala is a third-year Posse Scholar from Los Angeles double-majoring in sociology and Spanish with a Latin American studies concentration at Grinnell College.  Throughout her college career, she has engaged students around education-inequity issues in the United States through her work as a service-learning work study student and a Student Government Association cabinet member.  Yesenia has worked with Al Éxito (“to success”) in Iowa, inspiring Latino youth to cross barriers beyond their socioeconomic barriers, and with underrepresented low-income youth with Breakthrough New York.  Yesenia hopes to continue her studies upon graduating from Grinnell and ultimately influence education policy, ensuring underrepresented voices are heard and that public policy benefits all students in our nation.