Senior Spotlight Series: Counting Down to Senior Signing Day 2018 with East End

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 East End seniors, Jeanette, Jack, Mauro, and Keyni? Where will they go to school next year? Find out now.

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Jeanette Cruz

Jeanette with her momSenior Signing Day is important to me and my mom because it shows that our hard work has paid off. I’ll be the first in my family to go to college, so this is a huge accomplishment. My mom has been my number one supporter. She was always checking in to see if I had everything or if I needed any help. She said, “Go where you will get the best education, and I’ll support you.” I’m so excited for this next chapter of my life. Next year, I’ll be studying criminal justice at Sam Houston State University.

Jack Hernandez

EE-61When my big brother walked across the stage at Senior Signing Day, I dreamed of being up there myself and knew that my family would be just as proud of me. This experience will validate everything that me and my family have fought and worked for. I will set an example for my younger brother and sister and show them that it will pay off if you tackle something with zest and grit. My mother has pushed me so many times to do my best, and my counselor, Ms. Gonzalez, has also helped me get to this point. Even though I was struggling, she never gave up on me. Next year, I’ll be attending University of Houston-Downtown.

Keyni Lira

Keyni Lira with motherSenior Signing Day means I made it and that I’m making my family proud. It means I will be a role model for my younger brother, who is a freshman here. I want to thank YES Prep for getting me here. I’m glad my mother and fifth grade teacher encouraged me to come here. If I’d attended the same school as my older brother, I don’t think I would have done very well or be heading to college. My mom helped me learn to do things on my own, and Ms. Gonzalez, my college counselor, guided me through this process. Next year, I will be attending the University of Houston.

Mauro Rojas

Mauro RojasSenior Signing Day is the marker that one mission is accomplished— getting to go to college— and another mission is beginning—graduating from college. I will be the first in my family to attend college, but my mom has always believed in me. In elementary school, she told me, “You’ll go to college; you have what it takes.” She planted that seed in me early on. I’m excited about learning in a new way in college. I want to own my learning and be more responsible. I’m still finalizing my decision. Sam Houston State University has a good nursing program but University of Houston is offering me more financial support and is close to home.

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