Congratulating them for never giving up despite challenging circumstances, Superintendent Dr. José Espinoza, their parents and members of Team SISD honored the latest cohort of Options High School graduates earlier this month.
“You have done it,” Dr. Espinoza said. “You worked hard and you never gave up. You have developed a great foundation at SISD. You are now ready for the next step.”
William Serrata, president of El Paso Community College, and Angelica Haro, Region 19 director of strategic planning and education, were the guest speakers at the event. The students were reminded that high school graduation was the start of their adult life.
“It is very exciting that you have reached this point,” Serrata said. “Commencement, that is what this is, means beginning. This is the beginning of your journey. If you want to provide a life for your family or work a living wage, you have to further your education. A high school diploma is not enough. Believe in yourself.”
It is the mantra that helped Fernando Esparza finish high school. Esparza plans to earn a degree in criminal justice and then get a job with the El Paso County Sheriff’s Department.
“Starting today, I am high school graduate,” Esparza said. “There were people who told me I would not make it, but I focused on what was important and settled on what was my goal.”
Carlos Morones knew he could not give up on his education. Now the high school graduate wants to attend EPCC and UTEP. He still hasn’t decided on his major.
“This is a really great feeling,” he said. “I will keep going forward.”
Dr. Magdalena Aguilar, principal at Options, said the high school has done its job by getting the students ready for their next phase: a post-secondary education.
“Each one of these students has a story that is so powerful, it makes you appreciate their accomplishment, their journey,” Aguilar said. “I am so proud of them.”
To view SISD’s photos of the event, click HERE