Senior Spotlight Series: Counting Down to Senior Signing Day 2018 with Southwest

In our Senior Spotlight Series, we’ve followed YES Prep seniors as they set goals for their futuresapplied for colleges, and made one of the biggest decisions of their lives. What does Senior Signing Day mean to YES Prep Southwest seniors, Delia, Axel, and Destinie? Where will they go to school next year? Find out now.

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Delia Benitez

Delia BenitezMy parents came to the U.S. looking for better opportunities for us, and now I’m graduating and going to college. That means that they didn’t come here for nothing. It’s an accomplishment for both of us. I want to thank my counselor, Mr. Olympia, for helping me get to Senior Signing Day. I came to his office so many times, asked him to edit essays, and asked him a ton of questions. I know that I was probably annoying, but he has been such a good help to me. I’m excited to meet new people in college and see what my journey will look like. I want to travel and learn about different cultures. Next year, I’ll be attending the University of Houston.

Axel Palapa

Axel PalapaSenior Signing Day is a chance for me to make a statement that an immigrant can go to college and get an education. I have the same potential as anyone else. I want to thank my aunt for introducing me to YES Prep. Even though she doesn’t know the in’s and out’s of the college process, she’s been pushing me to make sure I got there. I’m excited to attend a liberal arts university and be able to explore whatever I want– from ethics, to politics, to philosophy. Next year, I’ll be studying computer engineering at Claremont McKenna College with the Phi Beta Kappa and Rowlinson Awards.

Destinie York

SW-13Senior Signing Day is a chance for me to say I’ve made it. I’ve been pushing myself these last six years so that I can declare my school in front of the whole community. I want to thank my cheer coach because she’s molded me into the young lady I am today. She has been pushing me to be a better leader. I’m excited to study accounting and marketing and get more insight into those fields. I want to learn more about the business world and how I can make an impact on it. Next year, I’ll be attending the University of North Texas on the Emerald Eagle Scholarship.

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