In our Senior Spotlight Series, we follow YES Prep seniors as they set goals for their futures, apply for college, and make one of the biggest decisions of their lives. In each installment, you’ll meet seniors from one of our ten campuses with graduating classes. Below, you’ll meet seniors from our Fifth Ward campus.
Jasmine Carroll is a student council leader and member of National Honors Society, G.E.M.S, and Key Club. She’s passionate about social justice and would like to major in criminal justice so that she can help address issues such as police brutality. Her dream colleges are Howard and Spelman because she wants to attend a historically Black college where she can learn more about being a leader. Once in college, she’d like to do community service abroad, get involved in color guard, and join a Black Student Union.
“I’d love to join the Black Student Union because, here at 5th Ward, we have a club with our Black female teachers where we talk about confidence and feeling good about yourself as a Black woman.”
Angel Cixco is a member of National Honors Society, Key Club, and student council. He has also participated in Outward Bound, Oxbridge summer program, the Youth Adventure program at A&M, and more. His dream colleges are the University of Texas- Rio Grande Valley and University of Houston because of the diversity of the schools. In college, he’d like to study psychology and work to raise awareness on issues important to the Latinx community including DACA and deportation.
“I want to major in psychology and work in teenage mental health because I have a background in facing anxiety and depression. I think this will help me to understand adolescents and teens who are facing something similar and be able to give back.”
Leo León is the president of student council. Over the summer, he has participated in Duke TIP and the Texas Governor’s School. His goal for the year is to get as close to a full ride to college as possible. His top choice is the University of Chicago because he likes the school’s emphasis on finding unique applicants and because Chicago has a lot of diverse communities. His second choice is Washington University in St. Louis because it is similarly diverse and offers study abroad programs to students. Eventually, he’d like to study business or biomedical engineering.
“I want to study abroad because life is pretty short and there’s a whole world out there. I don’t want to spend my life in one place.”
Alberto Partida is a member of Key Club, yearbook, National Honors Society, No Place for Hate, and the cross-country and track teams. Over the summer, he has interned with Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital. He’d like to go to Texas A&M because of the strong science programs or University of Houston because it offers great research programs. In college, he’d like to join student government and a service group that focuses on environmental awareness.
“I think I’d like to study microbiology with a minor in psychology. I’m interested in how the immune system works and I’d like to pursue opportunities in that field.”
Bree Rodriguez is the treasurer of student council and member of G.E.M.S and Key Club. She also participated in NSLI-Y to learn Mandarin abroad. Bree is passionate about community service and wants to hit over 150 hours of service by the end of her senior year. Her top choice for college is Spelman because she loves how close-knit the campus is and feels that the all-women environment will help her find herself. She is interested in studying international affairs or business. Outside of school, she hopes to study abroad, continue volunteering, and join the Alpha Kappa Alpha (AKA) sorority.
“When I was younger, a lot of AKA women would come and do service. It made a huge impact on me and is the reason I got interested in doing community service at YES.”