Fernando Rocha

H-B Woodlawn High School

Class of 2017

What extracurricular activities and hobbies do you enjoy?

I enjoy film making mainly. My friends and I have a film organization that produces films for non profits and creates documentaries about local issues, and compete in festivals and grants.

If you could have dinner with anyone from history, who would you pick? Why?

U.S. President John Kennedy. I've always admired his work, and would very much enjoy dinner with him. He was progressive on all fronts, both domestic and foreign and a very admirable man.

What has been your proudest moment?

When Arlington County Board member Walter J. Tejada liked my documentary about affordable housing.


If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?

To professionally run an international non-profit organization.

What would be the title of your autobiography?

Fernando Rocha: Life Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness 

Why are you committing to the Inspired Year?

Because I strongly think the teenage vote should increase, especially because we are more responsible for dealing with the future than other voter categories.

What does civic engagement mean to you?

Participating in local issues and having your voice heard on issues that can impact you as directly as a county issue can.

What's your favorite thing about Virginia?

The willingness to move forward. I know that Virginia has been conservative for a long time but that does not mean it is a barrier for Virginia to move forward on certain issues, such as immigration, women's rights, and education.

Where would you like to see Virginia in 20 years?

I would like to see more voters registered, more work on immigration(VACOLAO), and more work on state college tuitions.

If you could tell Governor McAuliffe one thing, what would you tell him?

I would tell him schools are the best possible investment and he should continue and increase his support for them. 

Is there anything else you would like people to know about you? 

I have entered films into the White house film festival, the All American National High School film festival, Bryton London Youth film festival, and worked with VOICE on changing the housing issue in Arlington through film.