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

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 Forest seniors, Anthony, Celeste, and Janie? Where will they go to school next year? Find out now.

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Anthony Birden-Williams

Senior Signing Day represents a celebration of all my hard work and all the time and support that my family has invested in me. I want to thank God for helping me get to this point. He has blessed me in unimaginable ways with a supportive family and all my gifts and talents. Next, I would like to thank my family who has always been behind me in everything I’m involved in. Without God and my family, nothing would have been possible. I’m excited to network in college, access doors to opportunity, become closer to God, make my family proud, and become successful in my career. No one can stop you as long as you’re happy. Next year, I will be enrolling in Howard University’s business program.

Celeste Carl

Senior Signing Day is a commitment you’re making to graduate from college. I’ve been looking forward to it since my sister graduated from YES Prep East End. I love the chants and the excitement. I’d like to thank Ms. Alfred, who helped me get the scholarship that will give me a full ride to college, Ms. Snodgrass, who taught me to persevere and be dedicated, and Mr. Gilbert because, if I hadn’t come to this school, I wouldn’t be going to college on a full scholarship. Next year, I’ll be attending Alleghany College with the Bonner Scholarship. I’m excited to see what it’s like to live in a small town, to have different experiences, and meet new people. I’m also really excited for chemistry and biology labs and to do community service.

Janie Saldivar

Senior Signing Day is a reminder that all I’ve done and worked for is reality. I’m actually graduating and going to college. Yes, I’m taking a different path than people may have expected of me, but I believe in myself and I will follow the plan. I want to thank my parents because, without them, I wouldn’t be where I am. I also want to thank Ms. Miller because she gave me the support I needed, and I don’t know where I’d be without her. I’m ready to leave high school, and, as sad as it is, I believe we’re all ready to fly on our own. Next year, I will be the first in my family to attend college. I will attend University of Houston-Downtown.

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