Berenice noticed the trend of increasing high school dropout rates in her South Central Los Angeles neighborhood, while her school, consisting of grades 6-12, is the highest ranked school in Los Angeles and 117th in the nation. Berenice took action by collaborating with a few parents in the community and becoming the founder, president, and main mentor of a small tutoring organization now known as LACES-Huntington Park Study Groups. She has recruited other student leaders to serve as mentors, and they have witnessed a drastic improvement in their mentees’ grades. LACES has spread to students outside of their school district and continues to thrive. Berenice has served as a Research Assistant for the Caltech Summer Research Connection. She plans to pursue a career in biomedical engineering.