Senior Spotlight Series: East End, Beginning of the Year Goals & Dreams

In our Senior Spotlight Series, we will follow YES Prep seniors as they set goals for their futures, apply for colleges, and make one of the biggest decisions of their lives. In each installment, you’ll meet seniors from one of our eight campuses with graduating classes.

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YES Prep East End, August 31, 2016

East End 1-15Meet Zosimo Garcia

Zosimo is a member of National Honor Society, National Art Honor Society, Class Council, and Interact Club. He plays men’s varsity volleyball and is a student ambassador. He has his first group interview for Posse next week. Right now, he’s trying to decide between applying to small colleges like Colby and large universities like UT-Austin. He is researching IMPACT institutions because of financial assistance opportunities. In college, Zosimo is considering studying education because he likes to teach. He’d also like to play volleyball recreationally and join an honors society.

“One obstacle I faced in my YES Prep career was having older siblings and parents that were unable to help me when I had questions about academics. My parents had a limited education and I didn’t have anyone around the house that could help me with homework. At YES Prep, I learned to ask teachers and friends.”

East End 1-13Meet Kelsey Julien

Kelsey is a member of National Honor Society and Class Council. She also plays varsity basketball and volleyball and is a student ambassador. Over the summer, she was part of the Amigos De Las Americas leadership program and traveled to Ecuador. Like Zosimo, Kelsey hopes to be a Posse Scholar.  Her top colleges right now are Colby and Carleton. She also likes Washington & Jefferson and Oberlin. In college, Kelsey wants to study physics, astronomy, or aerospace engineering. She is interested in space and building things like lunar modules, planes, and space crafts.

“This year, I want to make an impact on younger students. I want to teach them about diversity and other cultures.”

East End 1-17Meet Emmanuel Mata

Emmanuel is a student ambassador and class council member. He also plays varsity basketball and volleyball. Emmanuel has an older brother who is an alumnus of YES Prep and thus knows the importance of financial assistance. His top schools right now are IMPACT institutions, Sewanee and Trinity. He wants to be in Texas and not too far from home. Emmanuel is not yet sure what he wants to study in college, but he knows that it will be in math or science. He especially loves biology.

“In college, I want to play sports recreationally. I like to work with other people and be a part of a team.”

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