Senior Spotlight Series: Countdown to Senior Signing Day with North Central

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 North Central seniors, Brianna Hays and Joanna Zamarripa? Where will they go to school next year? Find out now.

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Brianna Hays

I’ll be the first in my family to graduate from YES Prep, so my family is very excited for Senior Signing Day. They believe that high school is a great stepping stone toward being an adult. I want to thank my parents for pushing me. At first, my mom wasn’t set on me leaving Houston– let along the state. But she’s been supporting me and wants me to live my dream. My dad always wanted me to go to his alma mater, TSU, but he’s just happy I chose somewhere good for my future. I also want to thank my little brother. He’s excited to come visit me or have video game time with me when I’m away. Next year, I’ll be attending Oberlin. I’m excited to go live somewhere that is very inclusive and to learn more about people and their cultures. It will be interesting to be outside of Houston and to live somewhere that has snow. I’ve never even seen real snow.

Joanna Zamarripa

Senior Signing Day is a moment of pride for my parents. My mother graduated from high school, but she didn’t get the chance to go to college. It’s their dream come true for their kids to advance. Next year, I’ll be attending Scripps College. I really want to thank my parents for getting me to this point. My mom was my number one supporter throughout the process. I was scared to commit to Scripps, but my mom said, if you really love it, do it.  All my teachers supported me and provided resources for me too. I also really appreciate Breakthrough Houston. YES Prep introduced me to them, and they’ve been a huge support system for me and really ignited my passion for education. I’m excited and nervous to be by myself in California with no family nearby. But a lot of people I know have been connecting me with people in California, so I feel like I have a great safety net. And my mom encouraged me to participate in organizations and extracurriculars when I’m there, so that I don’t feel as homesick.

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