Central Coast Region
Chapter 666 – Saint Francis High School, Mountain View CA
Adviser MaryLynne Rodriguez
Briana Gaskill is a student at Saint Francis High School in Mountain View. Briana is a board member in her CSF chapter. With CSF she tutors multiple subjects, and has worked as a CSF photographer, videographer, fair representative, and spokesperson.
Beyond CSF Briana is active in the National Honors Society, National Society of High School Scholars, Lancer Changemakers Student Leadership Group, and Campus Ministry. She has been the Junior Varsity Football Manager, the yearbook staff photographer, and a part of the A Capella Performing Arts group. Briana’s club memberships include the Business Club, Entrepreneurship Club, Financial Literacy Club, Career Club, Interact, and the Mind Body Spirit Club. In her community Briana is a Girl Scout, earning both her Silver and Gold Awards. She has been a teen leader at vacation Bible School, an assistant director with Helping Hands Volunteers, and a Eucharistic Minister in her church. Briana’s numerous awards include the President’s Volunteer Service Award, the Saint Francis of Assisi Award for faith and service, and the Brother Eamon Schaffer Award for Service.
MaryLynne Rodriguez, Brianna’s school guidance counselor, describes her as “…a bright light…a true leader…[who] exemplifies our CSF ideals 100%. Always going the extra mile, whether it be in her academic studies, or in her community, she can be counted upon to show up and lead.”
The president of Hope’s Corner, Leslie Carmichael wrote in her letter of recommendation, “Briana has demonstrated initiative, perseverance, and follow-through in activities she has led. Briana has managed to excel in academics as well as make time to follow her heart to contribute to the community.”
Briana begins her personal statement with a story of a small mosaic kit her mother had given her, and compares that mosaic to her life, “As I grew my mosaics grew with me, becoming more complex and beautiful. My life is a collection of experiences, and each experience is like a tiny mosaic piece, and each piece is placed together to composed the mosaic of my life, and I learn from those experiences. I add beautiful pieces to my mosaic as I do service for others. My greatest life’s work is to share my time, talent, and treasure with others. As I look to the future, I am in awe of the bright mosaic before me.”
Briana has been accepted to Santa Clara University where she plans to study Business Management and Law.