2024 Goleta Graduates

The City of Goleta is proud to extend its heartfelt congratulations to all #GoletaGraduates. Whether you are graduating from college, high school, junior high, or elementary school, your achievements are a testament to your hard work and dedication.

We want to shine a spotlight on two Dos Pueblos High School graduates in particular, Jessica Avila-Ruiz from the City’s Public Engagement Commission (PEC) and Grace Hu from the City’s Parks and Recreation Commission. Jessica and Grace have not only excelled academically but have also demonstrated exceptional dedication to serving our community as Youth Commissioners.

“What I like best about my commission is how thoughtful and kind my other commissioners are,” said Jessica Avila-Ruiz, a first-term PEC Commissioner.

Grace Hu, serving her second term on the Parks and Recreation Commission said “I loved engaging with the grant process that support local organizations, and learning more about the diverse initiatives happening in our community.”

Both Jessica and Grace want to use this opportunity to encourage other Goleta youth to get involved in city government. “It’s really important for you to always stay prepared, prioritize generosity, and never let yourself feel overwhelmed with stress,” said Jessica. “I know it’s said often” Grace added, “but getting involved really can help in developing a better understanding of the local community and is a great way to connect with other community members.”

Jessica and Grace were both highly involved in other community projects and non-profits. Jessica is a frequent volunteer for Beautify Goleta events, Foodbank of Santa Barbara County food drives, and other community festivals, while also being an active member of the Dos Pueblos High School Cheer Program and Leadership Class. Grace has a leadership role with the Dos Pueblos Engineering Academy, is heavily involved with music, singing, and running the local student led nonprofit YouthMuze with other teen musicians.

The future looks bright for both commissioners. Jessica has committed to the University of California at Santa Barbara and Grace will be attending New York University Shanghai this fall. Jessica intends to pursue a major in marketing, highlighting her aspirations to find a career that ignites her passion and allows her to connect with people while embracing opportunities for versatility and growth. Grace wants to build upon her passion for working with others and will pursue a business or law degree in the future. We wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors.

To all our #GoletaGraduates, we celebrate your accomplishments! This milestone marks the beginning of an exciting new chapter in your life. Congratulations to the Class of 2024!

The City is always looking for outstanding youth to join our boards and commissions. If you are interested, please visit https://www.cityofgoleta.org/boardscommissions.

Pictured: Jessica Avila-Ruiz (left) and Grace Hu (right)