Sharpstown High School senior wins a car at school’s Academic Signing Day

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Other events held at campuses across HISD to celebrate seniors’ commitment to colleges of their choice

Thanks to Joel Rogers Classic Chevrolet, a lucky senior will be driving to college. Sharpstown High School’s Academic Signing Day Celebration ended with a drawing, and Joshua Baffoe won a Chevrolet Sonic.

As part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s #ReachHigher Initiative, she sponsored #CollegeSigningDay on Tuesday, April 26, 2016. Most HISD high schools have been holding Academic Signing Day events since late April, and they are continuing almost until graduation.

Sharpstown’s fifth annual signing day was May 16, but it was the first year they gave away a car. College Success Advisor Danilo Ronquillo and College Access Coordinator Albert Wei organized the event, which included keynote speaker Marlon Lizama, scholarship awards, drawings for dozens of gifts (including two laptops), and an opportunity for seniors to sign a certificate of commitment to the college of their choice or the military on stage in front of both the senior and junior classes.

“You are guests of the senior class today,” Principal Rob Gasparello told the juniors. “In just 12 months, this will be you!” And to the seniors, he said, “Don’t forget to thank those people who helped you along the way. You worked hard, but you didn’t do it alone.”

More than 215 Sharpstown seniors will be attending some 45 colleges and universities next year (seven more than last year), and six seniors are going into the U.S. Army and Navy. Fourteen seniors are going out of state and two are going out of the country. The universities they will be attending include Brandeis, Columbia, Prairie View A&M, Texas A&M, Texas Southern, University of Texas at Austin, and Sam Houston State.

As for scholarships, the Class of 2016 has been offered $4,217,189 so far, and many seniors are still applying.

Here is a selected list of HISD high schools that have held or will have Academic Signing Day celebrations:

  • Bellaire High School: Tuesday, April 26
  • Jane Long Academy:
  • Madison High School: Friday, April 22
  • North Forest High School: Tuesday, April 26
  • Reagan High School: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, May 18
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  • Waltrip High School: Monday, May 16
  • Wheatley High School: Tuesday, May 17
  • Worthing High School: Friday, May 13