Five Trevor Browne Seniors Spend Final Days of High School Teaching Others How to Get to College

Posted by Community Relations on 5/25/2016

Five Trevor Browne seniors spent their final days of high school teaching others how to get to college. Addressing junior AP students throughout the day, teacher Stephanie Dudley called the seniors the “Panel of Awesomeness.”  They were all going off to prestigious universities, with tuitions covered. It could have been called the Million Dollar Panel. Student Body President and Salutatorian Octavio Orozco Ibarra came up with the idea. The Gates Millennium Scholar will attend Bowdoin College in Maine next year, with the college providing $257,000. Jesus Ramirez is going to Tufts in Massachusetts ($224 K). Valeria Aguilara is headed to Bryn Mawr in Pennsylvania ($253 K), Jessely Enriquez is going to Smith College in New Hampshire ($244 K) and Felipe Becerril has a full ride to Pomona College in California ($258 K).

The panelists talked about the application process, financial aid, community service and school engagement, letters of recommendation, personal statements, campus visits, and the many resources available to students both at Trevor Browne and with other organizations, such as STEP: Student Expedition Program that provides pivotal leadership experiences to promising low-income high school students in order to direct their lives towards higher education. 

The 30 students per class asked questions throughout the presentation, comfortable getting advice from peers. Trevor Browne seniors amassed $6.5 million in scholarship offers this year.