Ukiah student works to repay immigrant parents for their sacrifice
Rodrigo Portillo has had more responsibilities than many teenagers. His parents were born in Mexico but immigrated to the United States in hopes of providing a better life for their children. Rodrigo flooded his schedule at Ukiah High School in Ukiah Unified School District in return; aware that his success was what their struggle was all for. Juggling multiple AP courses, participating in the MESA program, soccer practice, and a job at a local restaurant where his mother also works as a dish washer, Rodrigo’s work ethic soon caught the attention of many educators at Ukiah High. Despite the obstacles, Rodrigo found a way to do it all. This fall, after graduating with a seal of biliteracy, he became the first person in his family to go to college when he enrolled at Mendocino College. He says, it's his way to show his parents how much he appreciates their love, support and sacrifice.