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who are the commoners of 2019?

  1. They have integrity: They won’t back down or be silenced - they know what’s right and what’s wrong. Even if it means losing points towards the Commoner Crown.

  2. They have spirit: Never have we heard such beautiful singing in the boys’ showers, and we’re glad that the tunes made their way all the way to the camp fire. First two rows.

  3. They support one another: They own up to their behavior when they make mistakes. They admit when they’re working on improving themselves, whether paying attention or controlling their temper. And they are there for one another - and will continue to be!

But to really get who they are…take a look below at their portraits and at the candid photos of their problem-solving, team collaboration, and overall shenanigans here.

Alejandro Rojas- Arriola  Oakland SOL (School of Language)

Alejandro Rojas- Arriola

Oakland SOL (School of Language)

Azari (Naasir) Abram  Oakland SOL (School of Language)

Azari (Naasir) Abram

Oakland SOL (School of Language)

Daniel Alvarez  EBIA (East Bay Innovation Academy)

Daniel Alvarez

EBIA (East Bay Innovation Academy)

Evelyn Monjaras  Gateway Middle School

Evelyn Monjaras

Gateway Middle School

Isaac (Richard) Harmiel  University Middle School

Isaac (Richard) Harmiel

University Middle School

Isabelle Pierce  Chico High School

Isabelle Pierce

Chico High School

Joseph Flores-Gonzalez  Urban Promise Academy

Joseph Flores-Gonzalez

Urban Promise Academy

Nevaeh Robinson  Anna Yates (Emeryville Unified)

Nevaeh Robinson

Anna Yates (Emeryville Unified)

Paulo Martinez  Kennedy Middle School

Paulo Martinez

Kennedy Middle School

Rogelio Arroyo  Unity Middle School

Rogelio Arroyo

Unity Middle School

Sean Hutchens  Aspire Lionel Wilson College Preparatory Academy

Sean Hutchens

Aspire Lionel Wilson College Preparatory Academy

Alejandro Torres Bravo  Greenleaf Elementary

Alejandro Torres Bravo

Greenleaf Elementary

Christian Valdivia  Oakland SOL (School of Language)

Christian Valdivia

Oakland SOL (School of Language)

David Martinez  Summit K2

David Martinez

Summit K2

Gabriel Lopez Ortiz  KIPP Excellencia

Gabriel Lopez Ortiz

KIPP Excellencia

Ishmael Gossett-Salahudeen  Head-Royce School

Ishmael Gossett-Salahudeen

Head-Royce School

Jazmyn Vigil  Lincoln Middle School

Jazmyn Vigil

Lincoln Middle School

Katherine Lopez  Oakland SOL (School of Language)

Katherine Lopez

Oakland SOL (School of Language)

Nelea Del Toro  Oakland SOL (School of Language)

Nelea Del Toro

Oakland SOL (School of Language)

Rasselas Robinson  Madison Park Academy

Rasselas Robinson

Madison Park Academy

Samara Nuno  Oakland SOL (School of Language)

Samara Nuno

Oakland SOL (School of Language)

Zariyah Ario  Anna Yates (Emeryville Unified)

Zariyah Ario

Anna Yates (Emeryville Unified)

cabin photos

Left to Right: Jazmyn, Katherine, Ava, Samara, Zariyah, and Joules (Counselor)

Left to Right: Jazmyn, Katherine, Ava, Samara, Zariyah, and Joules (Counselor)

Cabin Name: Melvin’s McNuggets  Left to Right: Rasselas, Christian, Rogelio, Ish, Jorge, and Melvin (Counselor)

Cabin Name: Melvin’s McNuggets

Left to Right: Rasselas, Christian, Rogelio, Ish, Jorge, and Melvin (Counselor)

Cabin Name: Baby Blue  Left to Right: Kylah, Evelyn, Pyper, Nevaeh, Izzy, Nelea, and Saniya (Counselor)

Cabin Name: Baby Blue

Left to Right: Kylah, Evelyn, Pyper, Nevaeh, Izzy, Nelea, and Saniya (Counselor)

Cabin Name: The Lil Sleep Peeps  Left to Right: Dragon, Alex, Paulo, Danny, David, and Erasmo (Counselor)

Cabin Name: The Lil Sleep Peeps

Left to Right: Dragon, Alex, Paulo, Danny, David, and Erasmo (Counselor)

Cabin Name: The Seven Sons of Steve  Left to Right: Omarian, Alejandro, Azari, Isaac, Joseph, Gabriel, Leneil, and Evan (Counselor)

Cabin Name: The Seven Sons of Steve

Left to Right: Omarian, Alejandro, Azari, Isaac, Joseph, Gabriel, Leneil, and Evan (Counselor)






Who are the commoners of 2018?

These Commoners are ground-breakers! 23 "year 1s", they were the first to be mentored by "year 2s" who were returning to camp for their second summer. These Commoners represented over 15 middle schools, including military academies, art schools, small private schools and large public schools, and coming from as far away as Los Angeles. They really raised the bar on what a "plan for disruption" looks like, and the analysis of social norms based around identity. We are so proud of them and looking forward to supporting them as they disrupt norms back at their schools.

Addison Liang, Oakland Military Institute, San Leandro

Addison Liang, Oakland Military Institute, San Leandro

Alex Davis, Summit K2, El Cerrito

Alex Davis, Summit K2, El Cerrito

Ava Brewer, Bidwell Jr High, Chico

Ava Brewer, Bidwell Jr High, Chico

Gabriel Johnson, Emeryville Center of Community Life, Oakland

Gabriel Johnson, Emeryville Center of Community Life, Oakland

Gavin Wehrmeister, Valley View Middle School, Concord

Gavin Wehrmeister, Valley View Middle School, Concord

Isabel Rodriguez, Gateway Middle School, San Francisco

Isabel Rodriguez, Gateway Middle School, San Francisco

Jaden Banks, Pinole Middle School, Richmond

Jaden Banks, Pinole Middle School, Richmond

Jhayda Moran, Dale Jr High School, Anaheim

Jhayda Moran, Dale Jr High School, Anaheim

Kylah Vigil, Roots International Academy, Oakland

Kylah Vigil, Roots International Academy, Oakland

Logan Perkins, Park Day, Oakland

Logan Perkins, Park Day, Oakland

Nolan Obinyan, Making Waves Academy, Antioch

Nolan Obinyan, Making Waves Academy, Antioch

Owen Knowlton, East Bay Innovation Academy, Oakland

Owen Knowlton, East Bay Innovation Academy, Oakland

Racquel Pratt, Dale Jr High School, Anaheim

Racquel Pratt, Dale Jr High School, Anaheim

Aymen Khelifi, Summit K2, Richmond

Aymen Khelifi, Summit K2, Richmond

Gavin Small, Kennedy Elementary, Newark

Gavin Small, Kennedy Elementary, Newark

Gus Andrien, Oakland School for the Arts, Oakland

Gus Andrien, Oakland School for the Arts, Oakland

Izzy Andrien, Edna Brewer Middle School, Oakland

Izzy Andrien, Edna Brewer Middle School, Oakland

Jaliyah Moran, Dale Jr High School, Anaheim

Jaliyah Moran, Dale Jr High School, Anaheim

Jorge Rojas Celis, KIPP Excelencia, Redwood City

Jorge Rojas Celis, KIPP Excelencia, Redwood City

Leneil Washington, Delta Charter Middle School, French Camp

Leneil Washington, Delta Charter Middle School, French Camp

Merit Onyekwere, REALM Middle School, Richmond

Merit Onyekwere, REALM Middle School, Richmond

Omarian Eksouzian, Oakland Unity Middle School, San Leandro

Omarian Eksouzian, Oakland Unity Middle School, San Leandro

Pyper Baker, Summit K2, Richmond

Pyper Baker, Summit K2, Richmond

Cabin and Whole Camp Photos

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 Who are the commoners of 2017?

We are proud of our 2017 Commoners (what we call our campers). This rag-tag cohort came together through some tough challenges, and came to appreciate each other, knowing they will be in touch for years to come. At school, they may be of this group and that group, 'popular' or loners, on sports teams or gamers, but at camp, they made sure everyone was welcome. Our 2017 Commoners broke new ground by each leaving camp with a concrete 'plan for disruption' to enact in their schools when they return in the fall. We look forward to seeing them during the year, and working as a community to figure out how to disrupt social norms in our communities that exclude people for aspects of their identity!

Ah'Maya Parker-Alexander, Gateway Middle School, San Francisco

Ah'Maya Parker-Alexander, Gateway Middle School, San Francisco

Aliyah Williams Devereaux, John Muir, Oakland

Aliyah Williams Devereaux, John Muir, Oakland

Andrew Neilson, Hidden Valley Elementary School, Concord

Andrew Neilson, Hidden Valley Elementary School, Concord

Benji Santana, Lazear Charter Academy, San Leandro

Benji Santana, Lazear Charter Academy, San Leandro

Daniel Rodriguez, Gateway Middle School, San Francisco

Daniel Rodriguez, Gateway Middle School, San Francisco

Emily Farley, Lincoln Middle School, Oakland

Emily Farley, Lincoln Middle School, Oakland

Emma Redding, Austin Creek Elementary, Occidental

Emma Redding, Austin Creek Elementary, Occidental

Gavin O'Loughlin, Rincon Valley Middle School, Santa Rosa

Gavin O'Loughlin, Rincon Valley Middle School, Santa Rosa

Jaelyn Williams, Roots International Academy, Oakland

Jaelyn Williams, Roots International Academy, Oakland

Jeff Arroyo Jr., Fairview Elementary, Castro Valley

Jeff Arroyo Jr., Fairview Elementary, Castro Valley

Joaquin Solis, East Bay Innovation Academy, Oakland

Joaquin Solis, East Bay Innovation Academy, Oakland

Leah Zwetsch, Summit K2, Pinole

Leah Zwetsch, Summit K2, Pinole

Sanaiyah McGhee, Roots International Academy, Oakland

Sanaiyah McGhee, Roots International Academy, Oakland

Stella Rubin-Moore, Gateway Middle School, San Francisco

Stella Rubin-Moore, Gateway Middle School, San Francisco

Victor Cruz, Roots International Academy, Oakland

Victor Cruz, Roots International Academy, Oakland

Aiko Odell, Summit K2, Richmond

Aiko Odell, Summit K2, Richmond

Andrea Martinez, Schilling, Newark

Andrea Martinez, Schilling, Newark

Ariana Armstrong, Oakland Unity Middle School, Oakland

Ariana Armstrong, Oakland Unity Middle School, Oakland

Damian Altamirano, Life Academy, Oakland

Damian Altamirano, Life Academy, Oakland

Eliana Goldstein, Contra Costa Jewish Day School, Concord

Eliana Goldstein, Contra Costa Jewish Day School, Concord

Emily Posada, Roots International Academy, Oakland

Emily Posada, Roots International Academy, Oakland

Fernanda Palacios, Gateway Middle School, Oakland

Fernanda Palacios, Gateway Middle School, Oakland

Indigo Eatmon, Redwood Day School, Oakland

Indigo Eatmon, Redwood Day School, Oakland

Jaiden Humphrey, Longfellow Middle School, Berkeley

Jaiden Humphrey, Longfellow Middle School, Berkeley

Jelani Lewis, East Bay Innovation Academy, Oakland

Jelani Lewis, East Bay Innovation Academy, Oakland

Jose Fonseca Martinez, Lazear Charter Academy, Oakland

Jose Fonseca Martinez, Lazear Charter Academy, Oakland

Samuel Pereira, Lawton Alternative Public School, San Francisco

Samuel Pereira, Lawton Alternative Public School, San Francisco

Smriti Mapchan, Bret Harte Middle School, Oakland

Smriti Mapchan, Bret Harte Middle School, Oakland

Taesuan Jones, Summit K2, Richmond

Taesuan Jones, Summit K2, Richmond

Xavier Marsh, Monte Vista Middle School, Tracy

Xavier Marsh, Monte Vista Middle School, Tracy

 

who are the commoners of 2016?

We are inspired by these Commoners. As the inaugural class, they set the tone for Camp Common Ground's culture evermore. They earned Commoner medallions (like Leadership, Empathy, and Understanding), they shared vulnerably and trusted one another, they hung together even when things got tough like in the Commoner Color War, and they laughed and swam and played and had a lot of love for one another and the community. They showed us all what Commoners are really made of.

 

Alan Inda, EPIC Middle School, Oakland

Alegria Jeremias-Lin, Aptos Middle School, San Francisco

Blanca Herrera, Summit K2 Public School, Richmond

Daphne Balona, Montrose Leadership Academy, Oakland

Dragon McCoy, King Middle School, Berkeley

Emmanuel Porter-Honicky, Albany Middle School, Santa Cruz

Johnathon Kelly, Longfellow Middle School, Berkeley

Julius Frauenheim, Gateway Middle School, San Francisco

Keana Howard, Summit K2 Public School, Herculues

Lily Martin, Summit K2 Public School, Kensignton

Maryah Hickman-Lewis, Stockton Collegiate, Stockton

Omri Elhasid, Contra Costa Jewish Day School, Concord

Robby Fuimaono, Tehiyah Day School, Lafayette

Veronica Becerra, St. Edward Catholic School, Newark

Alexis Ayala, Coliseum College Prep Academy, Oakland

Amarri El, Elmhurst Community Prep, Oakland

Corinne Fuller, Summit K2 Public School, Antioch

Corinne Fuller, Summit K2 Public School, Antioch

Diego Barragan, Longfellow Middle School, Berkeley

Dylan Carraher, Summit K2 Public School, El Cerrito

Izabella McClintock, Willard Middle School, Berkeley

Joseph Bean Jr., Elmhurst Community Prep, Oakland

Justeis Mae Saephan, Summit K2 Public School, Rodeo

Lauren Nelson, Longfellow Middle School, Pinole

Makhi Bates, Longfellow Middle School, Berkeley

Nacia Russell, Life Academy, Oakland

Percy Brooks, Elmhurst Community Prep, Oakland

Sabriel Shane, Montera Middle School, Oakland

Cabin and whole camp photos

Cabin #9 A.K.A Savage Spartans

Cabin #8 A.K.A. Wild Fetty Waps

Cabin #4 A.K.A Shady Savage Hearts

Cabin #3 A.K.A. Watermelon Unicorns

Commoner Class of 2016

 

 


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