Two participants of the Young Achievers Program at Rhodes Middle School spent part of their summer out of state attending college classes. Sergio Arumbula and Gonzalo Ovalle were awarded the Duke Tip Scholarship for their outstanding efforts in the program. The scholarship provided the funds needed to participate in a three-week program of their choice at participating universities.

Sergio, who is a freshmen this year at Burbank High School, attended a mini medical school at the University of Georgia. Aside from the health-related topics covered in his pharmacology class, Sergio had an opportunity to get a taste of college life by embracing the experience of living on a college campus. Sergio shared one of the most valuable lessons he walked away with was learning to use time wisely. He states, “Time Management became my friend and helped me spend the necessary time to learn a demanding new subject. Pharmacology was a challenging science course that introduced me to new concepts, language and ideas.”

Read more about Sergio’s experience at the University of Georgia.

Gonzalo Ovalle is also a freshmen this fall at Travis Early College. He chose to attend the University of Kansas to study Myths and Legends, an intensive writing course. In a reflection essay, he stated working with different groups of students and making presentations gave him the edge he needed to be successful in high school and college.

Read more about Gonzalo’s experience at the University of Kansas.

The Boys & Girls Club of San Antonio has made a tremendous impact on inner-city youth through the Young Achievers Program. The program, which began in 2007, helps students prepare for college and successful careers with workshops, college field trips, SAT testing opportunities and a 10-week mentoring program. The Young Achievers Program is currently partnering with San Antonio ISD Rhodes Middle School and Harlandale ISD Terrell Wells Middle School.

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