Garden Grove High School Class of 2017 graduate Marissa Garcia will move to Cambridge, Massachusetts to attend Harvard University in the fall. The school’s co-valedictorian plans to major in Integrative Biology and English to chase her two passions, marine biology and writing. Her dream is to pursue a career as a marine biology professor.
Garcia attended Garden Grove Unified School District schools from kindergarten through high school, including Stanley Elementary School, Peters 4-6 Elementary School for its GATE (Gifted and Talented Education) program, Ralston Intermediate School, and Garden Grove High School.
“Marissa is a shining example that anything is possible when you work hard,” said Lan Nguyen, Garden Grove Unified School District Board of Education president. “The Board is committed to ensuring that all students, including high-achieving, highly-motivated students like Marissa, are equipped for lifelong success when they leave GGUSD.”
During high school, Garcia earned Summa Cum Laude in the National Latin Exam, interned at the Ocean Institute, was named a Shining Star through Disneyland Resort’s Dreamers and Doers program, and played cello in Garden Grove High School’s chamber orchestra.
Watch our video to learn more about Marissa Garcia’s story.