Annaliese Martinez

Bachelor of Arts: English & Ethnic Studies

Honors

Summa Cum Laude
Brother Leo Meehan, FSC
George Robert Milliken

Hometown

Stockton, California

Award Bio

Annaliese Martinez is an English and Ethnic Studies double major from Stockton, California. During her time at Saint Mary’s, she served as a student leader with the Intercultural Center, La Hermandad, and the Afro-Latinx/Latinx/Indigenous People's Action Subcommittee. Annaliese helped plan the English colloquium "Re-Imagining the Narrative: Centering BIPOC Voices in Literature" and wrote for the Office of College Communications. She hopes to pursue an advanced degree in Comparative Literature.

My Greatest Supporters

I’d like to thank my remarkable professors in the English Department and Ethnic Studies Program for instilling in me the power of language, storytelling, and social justice. I also want to acknowledge the Intercultural Center, La Hermandad, and ALLI-PAS for helping me find my voice as a leader.
Most importantly, gracias a mi familia y a mis antepasados por darme poder y fuerza. ¡Sí se pudo!

Favorite Saint Mary's Memory

Traveling to Cuernavaca, Mexico for Jan Term 2020! Not only did I have an amazing time immersing myself in the many cultures of Mexico and eating delicious food, but I learned about Mexico’s rich history, and discovered more about my identity and place in the world as a Mexican American. It’s an experience that I’ll always look back on and continue to learn from!

My Next Chapter

I’m looking forward to taking some much needed time off to focus on myself and work before pursuing an advanced degree! Wherever I go beyond Saint Mary’s, I hope to always create community and continue my commitment to being a lifelong learner.

Clubs and Activities

Intercultural Center: Administrative Assistant, Intercultural Development Leader
La Hermandad: Co-President, Diversity Dance Representative
Afro-Latinx/Latinx/Indigenous People’s Action Subcommittee (ALLI-PAS): Student Co-Chair
Office of Communications: Student Writer

Favorite Quote

We die. That may be the meaning of life. But we do language. That may be the measure of our lives.
— Toni Morrison

Aaron Cuellar

Bachelor of Arts: Politics

Minor

Creative Writing

Hometown

El Dorado Hills, California

My Greatest Supporters

My Aunt Rosie
My mom and dad
My girlfriend, Rachel Barrantes
And her dog, Yoshi
And my dog, Indy the Hound

Favorite Saint Mary's Memory

I saw him once, and behold looked into the heart of darkness as the Geat Albino Racoon stood on its hind legs. The great white trash panda against the backdrop of the night; its shadow shimmering in the orange street lights. Its black eyes pierced my soul, looking past all the physical crude matter onto my very being. And on that day, I understood. He's the hero we need, not the one we deserve.

My Next Chapter

Wouldn't you like to know, weather boy?

Clubs and Activities

I existed.

Favorite Quote

“Too many people have opinions on things they know nothing about. And the more ignorant they are, the more opinions they have.” -Thomas Hildern, Fallout: New Vegas

"Law School? I prefer to make my living honestly." - Arnold Rothstein, Boardwalk Empire

"The only Seminar book anyone reads is Allegory of the Cave and Maus." - Anonymous Professor, English 5