Mayra Aguilar, an incoming senior at Turlock High School, recently was selected as one of 30 teens to attend the Future Latinos Law Camp in Washington, D.C.
The nine-day camp put on by the Hispanic National Bar Association teaches young Latinos about professions in law and motivates them to pursue careers in the legal field. Her admiration for Supreme Court Justice Sandra Sotomayor inspired her to apply.
The application process began in March, with multiple essays, transcripts and letters of recommendation. She learned of her acceptance over spring break and will be flying to the East Coast in July to participate.
The camp features tours of the Supreme Court, Department of State, U.S. Capitol, Pentagon, Department of Justice, DEA Museum, White House and other government agencies. It also includes courses taught by law professors that emulate law school classes. At the end of the week, participants team up and participate in a mock trial.
Aguilar hopes to attend Bowdoin College in the fall of 2014 to pursue a degree in pre-law before attending law school to become an immigration attorney.
Natalia Lima is a graduate of Turlock High School and a member of The Bee's Teens in the Newsroom Program.