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Bellarmine and Presentation Students Recognized by California State Senate

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A group of students from Bellarmine College Prep and Presentation High School were recognized by the California State Senate during a ceremony held at the State Capitol Chamber in Sacramento on April 15.

The recognition is the result of the Bellarmine Advocacy Project and the Bells’ partnership with Presentation High School in advocacy and policy work.

“Throughout our collaboration, the dedication, passion, and professionalism exhibited by the students have been truly commendable,” noted Manny Cárdenas, Bellarmine’s assistant director of Christian Service for Justice and Advocacy. “Their commitment to effecting positive change and their ability to navigate complex policy issues with maturity and insight have been inspiring to witness.”

In his remarks at the State Capital, Senator Dave Cortese (D) San Jose, himself a Bellarmine alumnus, praised the students for their advocacy, especially related to matters of mental health among youth. “These students are passionate, critical thinkers, and I’m inspired by their initiative,” he said.

“From conducting research to engaging with stakeholders, the students have demonstrated exceptional initiative and leadership in advocating for meaningful policy reforms,” noted Mr. Cárdenas. “Their collaborative spirit and willingness to tackle challenging issues reflect not only their intellectual capabilities but also their deep sense of social responsibility.”