Before Mykayla Clark-Jolivet could begin her high school
career at Middle College High School at HCC Fraga, her home was destroyed by
Hurricane Harvey. This was the first of many challenges she would face on her
way to graduating.
Clark-Jolivet and her family left their mold-ruined house to
live in a hotel for three months.
“I left a lot of memories behind,” Clark-Jolivet said. “I
was constantly late to school because the hotel was across town.”
As Jack Yates High School senior Ernest Russell sat on the
school’s football field for the citywide senior celebration recently, it was far
more than an event honoring his graduation from the historic school.
The celebration — marked by colorful Yates High School
masks and chairs spaced at a proper social distance — represented the
culmination of a trying journey that was marked by the loss of his father and homelessness.
“I don’t really have a word to describe it. But, if I had to
come up with one, I’d say it was challenging,” Russell said.
Houston Independent School
District Interim Superintendent Grenita Lathan will surprise 10 high school
seniors with 2019-2020 HISD Superintendent Scholars Awards during surprise
visits to their homes.
This is the third year the
scholarships will be awarded to graduating seniors who have exemplified great
character and resilience in the face of adversity.
Moved by their tenacity and
inspiring journeys, Lathan personally selected the 10 students she will
surprise from among 45 HISD seniors who were nominated by their principals or
With the shift to online learning due
to the COVID-19 pandemic, HISD seniors have had to adjust to the abrupt interruption of
what should be the most memorable year in the course of a student’s academic
Because of this, HISD has designated
next week, May 11-15, as Senior Spirit Week to uniquely celebrate the Class of
Each day will be designated with a different theme, and everyone – whether you’re a Class of 2020 senior or a parent or teacher – is invited to take part in the daily recognition of our seniors.
Benjamin Brown has adjusted to his new online
classroom routine but says he would prefer to go
back to in-person classes to utilize his “full potential.”
Benjamin wakes up 30 minutes prior to his
first virtual class, has breakfast, and logs into the portal where the class
will take place. Afterward, he immediately gets started on the work for his
dual credit and high school classes.
“One of the two of the main challenges I am
experiencing with virtual schooling is waking up on time,” he said. “The second
is definitely an increase in the amount of work from my dual credit classes.”
Mariela Banda was looking forward to celebrating the end of
her high school years in person with her classmates at Milby High School.
“Being a virtual valedictorian is unfortunate since we will
not be able to fully close this chapter of our lives before we continue with
the next one,” she said. “It’s heartbreaking not to be able to share the joy of
graduation with my class. Instead, we have to worry about the
future. Being a virtual valedictorian is both challenging and stressful,
but I feel certain my class will continue to move forward.”
Mariela is still reaching out to motivate members of her
HISD aired a live virtual
town hall meeting on Tuesday, April 28, to assist students pursuing
postsecondary education options during the COVID-19 crisis.
The virtual town hall, which aired
in English and Spanish, opened with remarks from HISD Interim Superintendent
Grenita Lathan and featured experts in college admissions, scholarships and
financial aid, testing requirements, and enrollment.
Dr. Lathan thanked everyone
for their patience during this difficult time, saying, “Our goal is to give you
access to knowledgeable individuals who can provide up-to-date information,
resources, and answers to any questions you might have.”
In response to the unique challenges presented by COVID-19,
the Houston Independent School District is excited to announce that 100 interns
will be hired to tutor students remotely.
The HISD Virtual Student Leadership Program will offer online
instruction and lessons to students in need, delivered by student interns. To
promote social distancing and properly plan, the focus of HISD’s Summer Student
Leadership Program has been shifted from in-person internships within
departments to online virtual tutoring services.
In addition to providing high-quality virtual academic
instruction, the district remains committed to ensuring that students have
access to competitive summer employment opportunities. All students who applied
for the Summer Student Leadership Program will be notified of the change and are
invited to apply for a paid internship tutoring students virtually.
Voters in Harris County may want to remember the name Mercedes Sotelo. The Eastwood Academy senior has some serious goals – and clearly likes to have options.
Sotelo, who is a proud lifelong resident of Houston’s East End, has been accepted to 25 colleges across the nation. States with universities with her name on their acceptance lists range from Hawaii to Maine. On top of that, her scholarship offers totaled a whopping $559,000.
The choice wasn’t easy, but Sotelo ultimately chose to stay
home, in Texas. In the fall, Sotelo will attend Concordia University in Austin,
where she will pursue a degree in Political Science and Government.
Completing your FAFSA is the first step toward getting many different types of financial aid for school, and finishing the FAFSA early is the best way to maximize college-award packages.
Even though the federal government doesn’t have a firm deadline as to when FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) applications need to be completed, all 50 states do, and for Texas, the priority deadline is Jan. 15, 2020.