Daphne Gallegos has been a GEAR UP student since 7th grade, back in 2008. She has also been a GEAR UP ambassador for Pasco High School since 2013. Gallegos one of 52,000 students that applied for the scholarship was currently awarded a Gate Millennium full ride Scholarship. In 2009 Gallegos mother became very ill. With no proper diagnose from Doctors, Gallegos and her father began researching her mothers symptoms. After two long years, Gallegos came to the conclusion her mother suffered with a rare condition called relapsing polychondritis. This is an episodic and incurable autoimmune disease. She continues to work closely with her mother’s doctors. This has influenced her decision to major in Molecular and Cellular Biology with emphasis in Bioethics and a minor in French. Gallegos is one of three Pasco School Board student representatives and also one of five valedictorians in her senior class. After narrowing her top three choices of Willamette University, Whitman College, and University of Puget Sound, she has decided to attend Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA. Pasco High GEAR UP is proud to have such an amazing and bright young student in our OVP II cohort!