Mt. Pleasant Students Win Film Award

Sergio Conriquez in the film, "Into Sergio" holding a photograph of his father.

“Into Sergio” Wins Big In Real to Reel Global Youth Film Festival in Hollywood, CA

San Jose, CA – – Mt. Pleasant High School, part of the East Side Union High School District, has a historically strong, award-winning Multimedia academic pathway that cultivates the next generation of young creators and filmmakers. Students from the Multimedia program have won several film festivals throughout the years on a local, national, and now international level!

A team of four high school students, Tommy Cabral, Sergio Conriquez, Adam Nguyen and Mariah Barreda, continued Mt. Pleasant’s legacy by winning Best Biography in the Real to Reel Global Youth Film Festival, an international film festival that took place in Hollywood, California, the capitol of the film industry, on October 8, 2016.

The students also received the United States Congressional Recognition for the film.

The film centers around Sergio Conriquez’s family, growing up in East San Jose, and his personal opportunities for college and breaking barriers to enter Silicon Valley’s technology industry as a software engineer, while knowing that Latinos represent less than 3% of employees in the tech industry.

“We wanted to make a film that spoke to a broader audience about the East Side of San Jose and the Latinos who live here, like me, and the challenges that we face and concerns that we have about our future, including college and career prospects,” said Conriquez.

“I am very proud of our students, all of their work and dedication to the film,” said William Cavada, Mt. Pleasant High School’s New and Emerging Media Arts teacher. “Most importantly, our students are producing professional work that will help further their education and career prospects.” 

View the film, “Into Sergio”, at <>.