Senior Spotlight Series: Countdown to Senior Signing Day with East End

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 East End seniors, Zosimo, Kelsey, and Emmanuel? Where will they go to school next year? Find out now.

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Zosimo Garcia

Senior Signing Day symbolizes the accomplishments and efforts of our academic journey. It’s important for YES Prep to have this event because it gives us the opportunity to celebrate the mission and values of the organization. I want to thank my peers and teachers for helping me get to Senior Signing Day. I especially want to thank all of the college counselors for guiding me through the process when I was unsure where I wanted to go. I’m most excited for the friendships I’ll make in college. I truly believe that I will be able to explore and truly find my identity in college while also learning new and exciting things in rigorous classes. Next year, I’ll be going to Sewanee as an IMPACT scholar.

Kelsey Julien

All along, YES Prep has been saying that we’ll go to college and succeed. On Senior Signing Day, we show that it’s really happening. We’re making a public commitment to that college. I really want to thank my parents and teachers. My parents have done such a great job teaching me the life lessons I need to know. My teachers have allowed me to grow and checked up on me. In college, I’m excited to do internships and explore different programs that will help me decide what I want to do in the future. Next year, I’ll be attending Washington & Jefferson as an IMPACT scholar.

Emmanuel Mata

Senior Signing Day is an event to show off your accomplishments and what you’ve achieved. It also sets an example for the grade levels below us, to say to them that– no matter what happens, you can succeed. I want to thank my family for helping me get to Senior Signing Day. My brother was a role model for me because he graduated from YES and went to college. It was a big inspiration for me to keep pushing myself to work harder. I’m most excited about being in a new environment and meeting new people in college. I want to do things I don’t normally do in Houston. Next year, I’ll be going to Sewanee as an IMPACT scholar.

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