Senior Spotlight Series: Countdown to Senior Signing Day with Gulfton

In our Senior Spotlight Series, we’ve followed YES Prep seniors as they set goals for their futures, applied for colleges, and made one of the biggest decisions of their lives. What does Senior Signing Day mean to YES Prep Gulfton seniors, Edwin, Molly, Luis, and Jaisa? Where will they go to school next year? Find out now.

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Edwin Cruz

Ever since 6th grade, I’ve attended Senior Signing Day. It’s been my dream for it to finally be my time to go up in front of everyone and announce my school. I’d like to thank my mother and my counselor, Ms. Henneke. I wouldn’t be where I am without them. Ms. Henneke helped me at every step along the way. She supported me as a student and as a friend. My mom always kept me on top of my game and asked me to do better and improve myself. I’m excited for closing my high school chapter and starting that new stage in my life. It’s a new beginning and I want to meet new people and have new experiences. Next year, I’ll attend my dream school, UTSA.

Molly Ferreira

My parents are super excited for Senior Signing Day. They keep talking about it and asking if they can bring more people. One of my parents finished high school with a GED and the other didn’t finish. They’re super proud of me and my sister for accomplishing things in our lives, and Senior Signing Day is a special moment for demonstrating our commitment to knowledge. I’d like to thank my college counselor, Ms. Henneke. She helped me a lot. And my mom motivated me to continue school. I’m excited for having control over my time next year, choosing my classes and deciding what’s best for me. Next year, I’ll attend University of Houston.

Luis Gomez

Senior Signing Day is the day where I’ll proudly announce what college I’ll attend. I will be the first one to attend college in my family. I think the event is important for YES Prep because it encourages lower-classmen to keep going with their high school education, and it gives them something to look forward to when they become seniors. I want to thank my college counselor, Ms. Henneke. Ever since the beginning of the year, she’s been a great supporter. I know she cares for me, and she truly made my college application process easier. One of the things I am most excited for is taking courses related to my major, Computer Science. I also can’t wait to join a student organization at my university. I know it will be a huge change, but it will also be a great adventure. I plan on coming back to Houston after I get my Computer Science degree, but studying out of state is a great way of getting out of my Houston bubble. Next year, I will attend Emory University.

Jaisa Swasey

Senior Signing Day is an important event because it’s broadcasted widely. There are people that come from the same background as us that will see us announcing where we’ll go to college. It shows them that the goal is attainable. I want to thank Ms. Villafranca for pushing me and helping me with a lot of the college process. I also want to thank Ms. Henneke for being there when I had no one else. For college, I’m excited for being on my own and creating a somewhat new identity. I want to meet new people and do a lot of things on my own. Next year, I will be the first student in my family to attend college. I’ll be going to Whitman College.

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