Award-winning filmmakers Katie Galloway and Kelly Duane de la Vega follow 21-year-old SNC environmental studies student Sonya Hernandez as she pursues her dreams and conquers her fears in Yosemite National Park.

I came from a poor rural town with little promise of a better life. If you’d told me back then that I would wind up devoting my life to sustainability, I would have said you were crazy. I had never even seen a mountain, a waterfall, the snow.
Sonya Hernandez ’13, Sustainability Club President, First Generation Club Member

Katie Galloway and Kelly Duane de la Vega care about tomorrow. They strive to bring awareness to national and global issues while “motivating audiences to learn, to engage and to act.” This project was done in conjunction with /answers, presenting human stories about technology, told by renowned filmmakers. Powered by Siemens.

5 Responses to “Detour to the Top:
Student Sonya Hernandez’ Powerful Story”

  1. CJ

    Wow!! This edit was a great expression of the school and an amazing student.

  2. The Truth

    What a joke! A fictional story of an underachiever. Napa is not a rural 3rd world country, nor is getting free housing/food on campus considered a struggle, especially while attending essentially a designer college. What has been created through the spreading of such lies is a person who accepts no responsibility for their own lives and will continue to expect handouts along the way. Anyone who knows Sonya and her exploits thus far at SNC must get some humor of such a twisted tale. What would be interesting to see is who paid for such a summer trip, what’s her GPA, and what has she accomplished by herself without the assistance and doting of SNC?

  3. April Agranoff

    The comment made by “The Truth” seems petty and unnecessary. I am a good friend of Sonya’s and can vouch that she is an intelligent and well-intentioned young woman. I am very proud of Sonya’s accomplishments. “The Truth,” I am not sure why you have written something so negative and hateful about this student. Please take down your comment or at least have the integrity to use your name when you write something so judgmental about another person. I don’t see why someone would write something like this except to be mean.

  4. Jaynie

    Sonya is a passionate student with a huge amount of ambition and an incredible personal story. I know Sonya personally, and she is an extremely interesting person with enough inner strength and positive energy to set the world on fire! I feel that “The Truth” is using online bullying tactics as a way to hide his or her own self hate. Go Sonya!


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