Determined, Passionate, Kind

"Change will not come if we wait for some other person or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek."

- Barack Obama



During her six years in the 49ers STEM Leadership Institute, Anita has honed her leadership and communication skills. Currently, she is the president and founder of the Youth Activists Club at Santa Clara High School and acts as the Santa Clara Branch Director of the Book Bank Organization. In her free time, Anita loves performing, theater, and competing in pageants, and has been acting since she was ten years old. With passions in politics, social justice, and debate, she hopes to study political science and attend law school with the intention of eventually running for public office.

What's in our Water?

Synopsys Science Fair, 2017

District Science Fair, 2018

The 2017 project tested pollution and toxicity levels of water from various water sources in the Bay Area. The 2018 project built on the 2017 findings, testing whether household water filtration methods remove common urban water pollutants from water.

Sleep n' Store (2017)

Europa (2018)

Maker Faire, 2017 & 2018

Sleep n' Store was a portable storage unit that expands into a makeshift bed frame. Europa was a continuation of Sleep n' Store, was intended to provide affordable and environmentally conscious housing in various habitation situations.


The 49ers STEM Leadership Institute (49ers SLI) provides multi-year, year-round academic support, STEM enrichment, skills training, and leadership opportunities to students in middle and high school. Students, who are with the program for six years from 7th through 12th grade, commit annually to 300+ hours of program learning time in addition to their typical school hours. By cultivating student mastery in STEM subjects and in key skill areas, the program prepares students for college and empowers them to pursue their passions; so that they may become the well-rounded leaders of the future. The 49ers STEM Leadership Institute is made possible by the strong partnership between Silicon Valley Education Foundation, 49ers Foundation, Chevron, and the Santa Clara Unified School District.

Special Thanks To...

49ers SLI students Danielle B, Stephanie K, & Jennifer L for designing and building this website.

49ers SLI students Iris C, Sriya S, & Lauren L for editing photos for this website

Photographers Thomas Hayes, Barry Fiedler, & Karen Lee Thompson for taking headshots of 49ers SLI seniors

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