Senior Spotlight Series: Countdown to Senior Signing Day 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, Gerardo Cabrera, Jose Salgado, and Mayra Velasquez? Where will they go to school next year? Find out now.

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Gerardo Cabrera

Senior Signing Day is crucial because I will be announcing where I want to spend the next four years of my life. It’s also a way of celebrating all the hard work and effort I have put in into my education. I want to thank my teachers, counselors, family, and friends. My teachers and counselors have always pushed me to strive for better opportunities. In addition, they have provided me with support and encouraged me to make wise decisions. I thank my family for all the sacrifices they have gone through just so that I can have a great education. Without their support and love, I wouldn’t be the person I am today. Finally, I want to say thank you to my friends for helping me throughout my struggles and for bringing me a lot of joy on Monday mornings. The thing that excites me the most about transitioning to college is the freedom and independence. I’m also excited to meet new people. Next year, I will be the first in my immediate family to attend college. I’ll be going to Texas State University.

Jose Salgado

Senior Signing Day means that all the effort and hard work is finally paying off. The goal of going to college is now a reality and we’re going off to a bigger and better future. I want to thank my counselor, Peter Olympia, for always helping us with our decisions. He provided so much support. I’m excited to prepare myself for my future career and for one day leaving an impact on the world. Next year, I’ll be attending the University of Houston.

Mayra Velasquez

Senior Signing Day is a new step and responsibility. Two of my sisters have already gone to college, and I’m following in their footsteps. I want to thank my mom for bringing me to this school. I know that YES Prep has an expectation that its students will go to college. If I’d gone to another school, I wouldn’t have been positively influenced into taking that opportunity. I’m excited to meet new people and have opportunities like internships. I want to broaden my perspective and take advantage of things like theater, music, and swimming. Next year, I’ll be attending Rhodes College as an IMPACT scholar.

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