Yonkers Public Schools summer seniors are ready and eager to reach for graduation and obtain their ultimate goal: college. The students, who are attending the District’ s Secondary Summer School to complete final requirements needed to graduate, participated in a college fair on July 25th. Yonkers Public Schools hosted the event in conjunction with Berkeley College, The College of Westchester and State University of New York (SUNY).
“This is an incredible opportunity for our students,” said Natalie Davy, Director of District Guidance. “By participating in the application process at the college fair, these seniors have the advantage of early acceptance to college upon their graduation in August.” As a special incentive, colleges represented at the fair agreed to waive their admission application fees for students who attended the event.
“I want to go to college to study business, maybe marketing,” said Geraldo Gonzalez, a senior from Gorton High School. “I’ve seen what a college education has done for my brother, who is a sales representative for a pretty big company. I want to be like him; I want to get to the top!”
Edwin Quezada, principal of the District’s summer school program, inspired applause from the 225 assembled seniors in the Yonkers Middle/High Arena. “You will graduate. You will go to college. But you have to believe it. I wish I could do it for you, but it’s up to you, and I expect to see all of you walk across the stage in August as proud graduates.”
Also addressing the aspiring college-goers was New York State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, who spoke of the opportunities a post secondary education presents to those who reach out to claim it. “If you don’t have an education, when the opportunities knock, you’ll find it harder to walk through the doors they open…the more education you receive, the more choices you have. The more choices you have, the more you can do for yourself. The more you can do for yourself, the more you can do for your community and the people around you.”
Seniors and college presenters engaged in lively conversation about various college degrees, programs and campus life activities. Students enthusiastically shared their transcripts with college admissions officers. “This program is great,” said Haydeelee Roman, a senior from Gorton High School. “I’m really glad Yonkers made this available to us. It makes applying easier than it otherwise would have been; I wouldn’t wanted to have done it alone.”
Yonkers summer seniors are ready to start the next chapter of their life: college. Opportunity and success are within their grasp when they graduate on August 23rd during a ceremony held at Yonkers Middle/High School.