Young Senator Scores Near Perfect on SAT

High School Junior Scores 1580, Interested in Attending Top Universities

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) is proud to announce that Sebastian Figueroa, a current participant in the 20th State Senate District Young Senators Program, has earned an almost perfect score on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT).

With an SAT score of 1580 out of a possible 1600, Sebastian joins an elite group of high achieving students that are on a path to academic and professional success.  Currently a junior at Martin Luther King High School in Riverside, Sebastian took the SAT exam in March 2017 and intends to study political science and music composition during college.  He plans to apply to top ranked schools across the nation, including both public and private California universities (UC Berkeley, UCLA, Stanford, University of Southern California) and Ivy League universities (Harvard, Yale, University of Pennsylvania).  Sebastian’s mother Carol Diaz is an elementary school teacher in the Riverside Unified School District and his father Julio Figueroa is Director of External Relations at AT&T.

“Team Leyva is so proud of Sebastian and we know that he has a very bright future ahead of him,” Senator Leyva said. “Scoring a 1580 on the SAT is no easy feat and I know that Sebastian put in many nights and weekends of hard work and studying to accomplish this impressive achievement.  Since joining our 20th Senate District Young Senators Program late last year, Sebastian has distinguished himself as a strong student, program participant and community member.  I offer many congratulations to Sebastian and his family and look forward to him continuing to make all of us in the Inland Empire proud.”

The primary objective of the 20th State Senate District Young Senators program is to provide high school students from throughout the region with leadership development opportunities, as well as to promote educational, professional, life skills and personal development.  Through monthly meetings and workshops, the program’s firsthand experience offers participants a better understanding of how representative government works and greater knowledge about the legislative process and civic involvement.