Senior Spotlights: West, Beginning of Year Hopes & 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. Check out our last installment, YES Prep North Central

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YES Prep West, September 9, 2016

Meet Adesola Apetuje

Adesola is on yearbook and Student Council. She wants to attend SFA, UNT, UTSA, Sam Houston State University, or University of Texas at Arlington. In college, she wants to major in biology and participate in a pre-med program. Outside of class, she’d like to join an African Student Association and sororities.

“I want to attend a school where I can see people who are like me. I want to see myself in the community.”

Meet Eliezer Ibarra

Eliezer is a student ambassador and member of the Senior Leadership Council, the Otaku Nation, PALs, and chess club. Over the summer, he has participated in Kinkaid’s Engineering, Math & Science Institute, and has traveled with an educational tour to Spain. He wants to live in Boston and dreams of attending Boston University or Harvard. In college, he wants to major in biochemistry or molecular biology.

“I want to work for the CDC so I can help people by eradicating sickness.”


DSC_8639Meet Chit Khin

Chit is a student ambassador and a volleyball player. He is also a member of the Senior Leadership Council and the chess club. His top schools right now are Davidson College, which has a liberal arts program he loves, and Trinity University because he believes there is a good representation of people who share is ethnicity in San Antonio. UH-Main is his alternate because of its proximity to home and cost. In college, he would like to study sociology, architecture, or education. He wants to be able to help people who are illiterate or who live in poorly-built houses. Outside of school, he wants to play intermural sports, study abroad, and do community service.

“This year has had a stressful beginning with the search for scholarships and colleges and concerns about money. I do still expect to have a wonderful year as I face what will come after senior year.”

DSC_8512Meet Keidy Leiva

Keidy is on the soccer team and is involved with her church. Two of her top colleges are Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Texas Women’s University. Keidy hopes to become an aerospace engineer and loves physics. This year, she aims to improve her public speaking skills and to participate more in class projects to prepare for college.

“I am interested in STEM subjects. I want to study the wonders of the universe.”

DSC_8544Meet Kelly Liu

Kelly is involved in the Senior Leadership Council, Name that Book Club, Chinese Youth Society, and Le Loi USA. She has attended summer programs such as Duke TIP, Summer Institute for the Gifted, and Emory’s Pre-College Program. Right now, she’d like to attend Rice University, Emory University, or University of California: Los Angeles.

“I’m not sure yet what I’d like to study, but I think it will be STEM-related. I like learning about anything that’s interesting to me, and right now, that’s STEM fields.”

Meet Ranferi Sierra

Ranferi is on Student Council, serves as an office aide, and plays volleyball. His reach school is Rice University, and he wants to study something related to engineering or business. Outside of school, he’d like to play volleyball and join a fraternity.

“One goal for my senior year is to graduate in the top five of my class.”

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