Emily Fernandez grew up in Rohnert Park, graduated from Rancho Cotate High School in 2007; attended Sonoma State University for two years before attending the Santa Rosa Junior College. In January of 2011, she began MyCollegeDiscounts.com with partner Kacee O'Daniel. The site lists the Sonoma County restaurants, beauty shops, and other retailers that offer special discounts to college students.
Sara Bei Hall became the first Californian to ever win four individual cross country state titles as a high school athlete. Today she is a professional athlete who is seeking ways to give back to others. Her husband, Ryan Hall, and she have created the Hall Steps Foundation. The photo from her days competing for Stanford University was taken by my colleague, Kent Porter.
At age 26, Chris Fisher is in his second year as the play-by-play announcer for the USC Trojans men's basketball team. Los Angeles Daily News columnist Tom Hoffarth said the Cardinal Newman High grad has a "polished, steady delivery that usually comes with years of practice." The newsman was even more inspired by Chris' perseverance.
Kathryn Anderson went from working as an attorney at a large law firm in South Bend, Indiana to doing advocacy work at the United Nations on issues affecting Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. She is close to completing her year of service with the Mennonite Voluntary Service and is working with World Vision International's United Nations office.