Ninety graduating seniors at Cypress Springs High School celebrated their commitment to colleges and universities during the school’s first annual Decision Day on Tuesday.
The luncheon celebration was organized by Cypress Springs college adviser Aaron Rodriguez, who has helped promote a college- and career-ready group of graduates during 2012-2013 through the Advise TX College Advising Corps—made possible by the GenTX grant.
“We wanted to recognize these students for their academic accomplishments,” says Rodriguez, a 2007 Cypress Creek High School graduate. “They’ve been asking about this and trying to see if they’re on the signing list. There’s a buzz going around and they’re excited about it.”
Students signed with universities as local as the University of Houston or Prairie View A&M University and as far away as Cornell University. Senior Beatriz Barros plans to study public policy at Cornell.
“The interest in college has skyrocketed at Cy Springs this year,” says principal Travis Fanning. “At last check, we were at about $2.5 million in financial aid that our students are receiving, and we should set a record this year.
“I think an event like this is a big deal because, a lot of times, the students who excel academically don’t get this level of recognition. I think it’s also creating an awareness for some of our underclassmen that this is the goal they should be striving for.”
Cypress Springs senior Markerius Jackson won a printer during the raffle at the Decision Day celebration on Tuesday. College adviser Aaron Rodriguez, left, with the Advise TX College Advising Corps organized the first annual event.