Senior Spotlights: Gulfton, Beginning of the 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 Southeast.

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YES Prep Gulfton, September 14, 2016

Gulfton 1-15Meet Edwin Cruz

Edwin is a student ambassador, volleyball player, and member of the feminism club. Over the summer, he participated in the National Outdoor Leadership School. For college, Edwin is considering UT San Antonio and UH-Main. Edwin is passionate about education and wants to major in English education.

“My goal is to become a teacher and come back to teach at YES Prep… One teacher told us that her purpose was to give us a purpose. I’d love to say that to my own students one day.”

Gulfton 1-12Meet Molly Ferreira

Molly was a member of National Honor Society in 10th grade and played volleyball in 10th and 11th grades. She likes working on yearbook and taking photos. Next year, Molly wants to attend UT-Austin, UH-Main, NYU, or BU. She thinks she will major in pre-law or business management. If she majors in pre-law, she’d eventually like to go to law school and study corporate or business law. She’d also like to be involved in politics.

“I’d like to get more involved this year. I want to be a bigger part of things, so that I can look back and say I tried everything and didn’t miss out.”

Gulfton 1-22Meet Luis Gomez

Luis is a member of National Honor Society and is the president of the environmental club. As president, he coordinates the club’s community service efforts as well as their kayaking and camping trips. He’d like to study computer science and environmental sciences at MIT or Sewanee. Eventually, he’d wants to work in software development.

“I think about the companies that have changed the world in many ways. For example, Apple and Microsoft have integrated technology into our society. I want to change people’s lives and help protect the environment through software. I want to find answers to problems.”

Gulfton 1-19Meet Jaisa Swasey

Jaisa is the president of Student Council. This year, she’s already organized community service events such as the Louisiana Flood Drive and the Blood Drive. Over the summer, she traveled to Belize and volunteered at a school. Her top three schools are Vanderbilt, UT-Austin, and UH-Main. She’s especially interested in Vanderbilt because it is home to the Peabody School of Education. After college, she’d like to join Teach For America and address educational inequities.

“I want children to believe they can and will succeed. I’ve had people encourage me, and I want to encourage others. There’s not a YES Prep everywhere, and every child needs at least one teacher who shines bright for them and shows them that they can be great.”

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