Mauricio Pliego is an 18-year-old senior attending Redlands East Valley High School. He joined journalism because of his interests in writing and photography with hopes of one day becoming an immigration lawyer or joining the political world for the state. This past summer, he attended Boys State where he competed against boys across the state of California and enjoyed the time he spent with them. Pliego plans to attend the University of California, Los Angeles, or the University of California, Berkeley. His childhood superhero is Spider-Man and enjoys movies related to the Sci-fi genre.