• We present "Stories of Success"

     

    A spotlight on the District 6 graduating Class of 2019 

  • Guadalupe Nabor

    Posted by KIM DESMOND on 5/23/2019 8:00:00 AM

    Guadalupe Nabor

     

    Guadalupe Nabor used to be a shy, insecure person who wasn't very invested in her education or community. But when she discovered all of the opportunities and programs she could access as a freshman at Greeley West High School, her perception changed. She enrolled in the IB program to challenge herself and make new friends. 

     

    "I really liked IB English and Art because I got to express myself in different ways," Guadalupe said. "It was a safe space for our thoughts so we would all share."

     

    She also joined AVID, a national school-based program that helps close the achievement gap by providing academic support and professional development opportunities for students.

     

    "It provided me different opportunities that I will take into college like studying tips, organization [skills] and professional connections," Guadalupe said. "I also got the opportunity to go to the Capitol to talk about the impact that AVID has on me because of the equity they are trying to achieve for their students."

     

    Now Guadalupe's hard work has finally paid off. She will attend the University of Northern Colorado next fall. 

     

    "Sometimes it feels surreal that this is all happening because you wouldn't think that a student like me would be able to accomplish all these things," Guadalupe said. "I wouldn't have been able to do it without AVID and IB and all the teacher support and confidence in me." 

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  • Neyver Soto Velasquez

    Posted by KIM DESMOND on 5/22/2019 8:00:00 AM

    Neyver Soto Velasquez

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    For Neyver Soto Velasquez, Greeley Central High School has become his second home.

     

    Now, the graduating senior hopes to make the Colorado School of Mines his new home. He will attend the school in the fall to study mechanical engineering. It’s his dream soon to become his reality. And, he’s ready for this new chapter of his life.

     

    “It’s a little scary, but I’m excited,” said Neyver.

     

    Neyver credits his parents, counselor and teachers who have supported him on his educational journey. He graduates with a 4.3 GPA.

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  • Alijah Cortez

    Posted by KIM DESMOND on 5/21/2019 8:00:00 AM

    Alijah Cortez

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Alijah Cortez wants to be an agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation someday. Her dream is to study Criminal Justice next year at San Diego State University, if she can save enough money to afford the tuition.

     

    Alijah knows how crime can rip apart families and lives. It nearly destroyed both for her when her father murdered her stepmother when she was a young girl. She struggled through adolescence and finally realized her resiliency and determination would help her forge a new path for herself and her siblings. Now, she wants to help prevent serious crimes from impacting the lives of others.

     

    Alijah will graduate from Northridge High School Friday with a 3.9 GPA and a bright future.

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  • Adriana Munoz

    Posted by KIM DESMOND on 5/20/2019 8:00:00 AM

    Adriana Munoz

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    At the beginning of high school, Adriana Munoz did not like school. She attended five Greeley high schools and struggled to understand the value of attending class and doing homework.

     

    "[As a] freshman, I was thinking 'let me get out of this charter school...I don't want to be here, I'm surrounded by all kinds of people I can't relate to," Adriana said. "I was just worried about, like, fitting in and I want[ed] to be a cool kid."

     

    After attending a charter preparatory school for one semester, she transferred to Greeley West High School.

     

    "From [Greeley West], I got a taste of public school life...and from there I kind of started missing school and having fun instead and ended up going to all the schools in the district," Adriana said.

     

    After Greeley West, Adriana attended Greeley Central and Northridge. In the middle of her junior year, she transferred to Jefferson High because she needed to get her grades up in order to graduate on time.

     

    "I didn't want to waste my time anymore," Adriana said. "I realized that my time was really, really precious and there's only so much I could do with it so I need to make the most of it."

     

    At Jefferson, Adriana's science teacher, Dan Stubbs, helped her focus on what really matters.

     

    "[Dan] has this way of explaining things...it's just like 'Boom!' he's grasping your attention," Adriana said. "He really made me like science and that too was like 'ok, if I want to do this and I want to do that, then I can't be doing this."

     

    Adriana began to take schoolwork seriously and developed a strong interest in environmental science. She also helped start a recycling program at Jefferson High. Next fall, she plans to work and attend Aims Community College with the goal of transferring to Colorado State University to study astronomy, environmental science, or wildlife biology.

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