Spirit, Optimism, Friend

“I absolutely promise to dedicate my life to my dreams no matter what.”


-Pooja Pallavi



Having participated in the 49ers STEM Leadership Institute since 7th grade, Laila has challenged herself to dive into every aspect of STEM learning, including engineering, robotics, coding, and graphic design. Over the years, she has grown in terms of both hard and soft skills. While she has cultivated an appreciation for the program's nine core values, the ones that have impacted her the most are passion, leadership, collaborative spirit, and initiative.
Outside of the lab, Laila serves as a leader in student government and organizes many events for the Santa Clara community. She leads a variety of clubs on campus that bring students together through dance, religion, community service, and spirit. While she hasn't yet settled on a career choice, her experience working alongside her peers has inspired Laila to pursue a future career centered around people.

Motivate Award

FIRST Tech Challenge, 2017

Presented to team Gophor Robotics

Elected ASB Spirit Commissioner

Santa Clara High, 2018-2020

Served as a leader in student council, organizing and hosting school events


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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