Desert Southwest Students leave for college at early age

Desert Southwest Students leave for college at early age

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By: Mauricio Marin

San Luis, AZ --  Junior High Students leave to study at colleges around the nation.

They're only in junior high and already heading off to college.    Students from Southwest Junior High in San Luis headed to get a real world college experience. 

 Its part of the John Hopkins Center for Talented Youth Program and will give students a first hand college experience at a young age says Southwest Junior High Counselor Homero Chavez, "They go for three weeks, they stay in the dorms, and they live a college life like any other student that is going to college."

Chavez says students were selected based on their high scores on the ACT test, "the majority of these kids that pass theses tests have exceeded in state tests as well." 

There are more than 80 students who will be going to various colleges from California to Pennsylvania.

Junior High student, Karen says she just cant wait to go already, "I just really want to arrive and I know I'm going to meet new people from different places." 

Evelyn Guerrero also attends Southwest Junior High and says she chose to study in Pennsylvania and is ready to mature saying, "I'm ready to just get to know more people and grow up as a person." 

Luz Pina is a third student from Southwest Junior we spoke to and is heading off to U. C. Santa Cruz to study and could not be more excited saying, "I want to experience college life, I would like to experience how that will be in the future." 

Luz's mom says she is proud of her daughter, "Even though I know it's only three weeks, I still feel that she will be away from home, but I'm pretty confident in her.  She's very mature and I know she's going to do good." 

These kids are looking to their futures.



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