Student Board Members 20-21

The RUSD Board of Education is honored to introduce the 2020-2021 Student Board Members to our greater RUSD community. In a year unlike any other, these three students have a unique set of responsibilities and challenges to tackle alongside their fellow board members. Our student board members have the distinct honor and responsibility of representing the voice for all students across the district in a historic moment. Their invaluable input from the student perspective will help in decisions that guide the district to serve nearly 42,000 students.

Vanessa Orozco

Vanessa Orozco from Riverside STEM Academy
Serving Term 1: September - November

Vanessa is a first generation Mexican-American raised in the city of Riverside. Her parents immigrated from Michoacàn, Mexico looking for a better life. She attended Hawthorne Elementary School and then transferred to the Riverside STEM Academy in 7th grade.

Vanessa is very passionate about being involved with her community and her school, she is the ASB President and the Vice-President of the Pre-Med club, she is a Youth Opportunity Center Volunteer and is part of the Project Bridge Podcasts with Parks and Recreation. She takes pride in the time she devotes to her school and community, and she does all of this while maintaining a 4.0 average grade point average.

Vanessa is the first Miss Riverside City’s Outstanding Teen 2020 and has moved onto the preliminary level for the Miss California Outstanding Teen 2021 for the Miss America Scholarship Organization. She loves her family and friends, who have been great supporters of her journey. As a first generation student, she hopes to attend a 4-year university and inspire the rest of her family to follow in her footsteps.

After high school, Vanessa plans to major in Molecular Biology and then attend Medical school. Her dream is to become a Cardiovascular Surgeon and help those who need medical attention but don't have the means to access it, both inside and outside of the country. Her favorite time of the week is when she teaches dance to her “little ballerinas” at her home studio and she is a dancer on scholarship, apprentice, and instructor at the Inland Empire Dance Center. She is very humbled and honored to be a Student Board Member and hopes to serve her term to the best of her potential.

Rhea Mistry

Rhea Mistry from Riverside Polytechnic High School
Serving Term 2: December - February

Rhea is the President of the Special Needs Integration Club, Bear Pals at Poly High School. She was born in Riverside, and attended Castle View Elementary School, Matthew Gage Middle School, and is currently a senior at Poly High school.

Rhea has a long academic history and is ranked at the top of her class at Poly High School. She is a member of the National Honor Society and is involved in Link Crew and AVID. In addition to her academic accomplishments, Rhea is a tennis and track athlete and has been recognized by organizations such as Riverside’s 25 Most Remarkable Teens and the Future Leader Scholarship.

Outside of the academic environment, Rhea is the founder and president of Bundles of Care, a 501c3 non-profit organization which serves to provide foster children and low-income families with school and hygiene essentials “bundled” in a backpack.

Rhea plans to attend USC to study Communicative Sciences and Disorders, Childhood and Special Education, and Gender and Sexuality. She hopes to combine these interests to help others and become a psychiatrist specializing in the treatment of special needs patients.

Micah Dailey-White

Micah Dailey-White from Ramona High School
Serving Term 3: March - May

Micah is the Vice President of the Black Student Union and is also a three year member of the 100 Black Men Saturday Academy: Inland Empire Chapter. He has been a part of Riverside Unified School District since 2019, attending Ramona High School for his eleventh and twelfth grade year.

Whether it is academic, extracurricular, or group activities, Micah prospers in every category. Last year, he obtained a 4.0 GPA as a result of completing three AP courses, as well as two dual enrollment college courses. He is the 2020 second place winner of the Southern California Leadership Conference Annual “Building Dr. King’s Beloved Community” oratorical contest and received an academic scholarship.

Micah’s plans for this year as a member of the RUSD Student Board include hearing the voices of parents, staff and students district-wide. He is also looking forward to collaborating with the district school board as well as his fellow student board members. Micah would like to propose new guidelines, policies and stratagem in order to make this unique method of schooling a more smooth and adequate transition for all.

Micah plans to attend a four-year university after high school, where he will major in historical studies. He desires to earn a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree, as well as a teaching credential to become a high school history teacher. During his time of leisure, Micah enjoys producing music, drawing, reading articles, historical information, socializing with friends and family, and thinking creatively as an artist.

  For any board of education questions, please contact:

 Beth Martin Image Beth Martin
Executive Assistant II to the Board of Education | Ext: 80417