Senior Spotlight Series: East End, 2017 Goals & Dreams

In our Senior Spotlight Series, we 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 ten campuses with graduating classes. Below, you’ll meet seniors from our East End campus.

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Jeanette CruzMeet Jeanette Cruz

Jeanette is co-director of PALS, an organization where older students mentor younger students on campus. She’s also involved in Interact Club, student council, and class council. Jeanette is interested in applying to IMPACT partner schools such as Salem, Claremont McKenna, and Sewanee. In college, she wants to study criminal justice, criminology, or psychology because she dreams of a career in law enforcement, crime scene investigation, or the FBI.

“I want to make an impact on the world and mentor others– especially kids from low-income communities– so that they can succeed.”

EE-34Meet Jack Hernandez

Jack’s goal for senior year is to graduate with higher grades than in previous years. He plans to apply to Sewanee and St. Olaf as an IMPACT scholar. In college, he wants to major in physics and minor in astronomy so that he can pursue a career at NASA. Outside of school, he hopes to be involved in community service organizations.

“I want to go to a small school so that I can have more opportunities for one-on-one time with professors.”

EE-12Meet Keyni Lira

Keyni is the director of PALS. She also plays varsity basketball and does community service around campus. Keyni is interested in applying to IMPACT partners, Sewanee, Hamilton College, and the University of Rochester. Currently, Hamilton is her top choice because the environment is accepting and supportive. Keyni hopes to become a social worker or a special education teacher. In college, she wants to travel to other countries.

“I want to go out of state for college and have new adventures and experiences. I think going out of state will help me to be independent.”

EE-28Meet Mauro Rojas

Mauro plays varsity soccer and is a member of student council, class council, and the National Honor Society. Mauro plans to apply to Sam Houston State, Texas State, and University of Houston. In the future, Mauro hopes to become a nurse and likes Sam Houston State’s program and proximity to home.

“I want to stay active in college by playing sports and doing community service. College is a good time to try out different things and help people in any way I can.”

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