The Path to Success: Saul Sanchez, Northridge High School
Our students have faced many challenges, especially over the past two years.
That’s why we celebrate their successes, their resiliency, their grit and their many accomplishments. Reaching high school graduation is an important milestone. The journey may not be direct and it may have a few detours, but reaching the destination is significant.
Here are features on a sampling of graduates from each of our non-charter high schools. We wish them - and all our District 6 graduates - continued success and happiness. May all your dreams come true!
For his first two years of high school, Saul Sanchez didn't take his coursework very seriously.
"My first two years of high school were a struggle. I was really lazy and I wasn't the best student," the Northridge senior said. "It is a lot more challenging to get my GPA where I want it to be because of those first two years. But I am getting a lot of support."
In particular, Sanchez found the Student Recovery Program and getting involved in AVID - Advancement Via Individual Determination - to be the best programs for helping him with motivation and taking charge of his own success.
These programs also taught him how important it is to create positive relationships, both with teachers and with students.
"AVID helps me so much because we do these peer-lead study groups. We put problems on the board, and we, as students, work through it," he said. "People come up to me with questions for math and science, I take them step-by-step on how to do it and they always thank me for it."
He said now he is better at putting his own priorities first.
"It all just hit me at once," Sanchez said. "I am not doing it for anybody else. It's for me. It's for my future. If I am not putting the effort into it, no one will."
A Greeley native with two older sisters who attended college, Sanchez now hopes to become an electrical engineer, first attending Aims Community College and then hopefully the University of Wyoming for his bachelor's degree.
"I love learning new things," he said. "I am a very curious person."
Sanchez said although his journey has been difficult at times, he is proud of all he has accomplished and is ready to step into his future.
"I just turned my life around and I am really proud of that," he said. "Even my parents didn't think I was going to make it through high school. I got a 4.0 my junior year. And here I am now."