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SISD seniors celebrate postsecondary plans at Gen TX events

 Pebble Hills and El Dorado students at Gen TX event

El Dorado and Pebble Hills high school celebrated seniors who are going off to college, technical school or joining the armed forces at the 2019 Generation Texas Decision Day events.

The celebrations featured district and campus administrators, family and friends, representatives from higher education institutions, and U.S. military branches.

“This is an exciting time for students and their families,” said SISD Superintendent José Espinoza, Ed.D. “They have worked hard very hard to get here and in a few weeks they will be walking the stage at graduation. The Class of 2019 has a bright future. I can’t wait to see what they accomplish!”

Students were excited to celebrate the GenTX day and eager to begin the next chapter of their lives.

“It’s college decision day and I’m celebrating that I earned a scholarship to Our Lady of the Lake University,” said Riley Perez, a senior at El Dorado High School. “It’s nice to be recognized for all of this. We’ve put in a lot of work into high school, applying to college, and getting scholarships so I’m excited to see what we are going to do and how we’re going to succeed.”

Graciela Gutierrez, a senior at Pebble Hills High School, also appreciated that her hard work was being recognized. Gutierrez was accepted to 12 institutions, including the University of Texas at Austin, University of Oregon, and Boston College. As she looks ahead to pursue plans to become a doctor, she said she is grateful that her teachers and counselors were there to guide her.

“It’s great that they are recognizing us for the hard work we’ve put in the last four years,” she said. “The college application process is very lengthy. We have to write so many essays, submit a lot of letters of recommendation, but our counselors and teachers were extremely supportive during this process.”

Like Gutierrez and Perez, seniors districtwide received assistance on the college enrollment process from their teachers and counselors at FAFSA nights, college forums, and Operation College Bound events.

“The district organized a lot of events to give our kids the opportunity to register for college,” said Carla Leyva, a parent of a student at Pebble Hills. “I registered for college a long time ago, and the process now is very different to what it was back then. We had a lot of hurdles along the way, but counselors were always very helpful in guiding all students to pursue an education after high school.”

Published May 21, 2019

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