The School Zone: News

Forty-five district seniors participating in the EMERGE program for the past three years have either made decisions, or will soon make them, involving highly select colleges and universities nationwide where they have been accepted.

The EMERGE program operates in Spring Branch ISD along with several Houston-area public school districts. The program helps prepare high-performing students from underserved communities to apply to, attend and graduate from nationally recognized colleges, including many well-known Ivy League institutions.

From sophomore through senior year, EMERGE program students receive added support, including after-school programming focused on building understanding and knowledge about college, workshops for families, individual college advising, standardized test preparation, and summer college tours.

This year, SBISD program seniors include three Posse Scholars and a QuestBridge Scholar. Posse Scholars are Andres Brachol Valles and Angela Douglass, both of Stratford High, and Sarah Villagomez of Westchester Academy for International Studies. The QuestBridge Scholar is Jadon Lau of Stratford High.

Posse and QuestBridge are national scholarship programs where students must apply, and then successfully move through rounds of review before selection. A Posse scholarship includes a four-year, full tuition scholarship; QuestBridge also has a full, four-year scholarship component.

As might be expected with the fluid COVID-19 situation, several program seniors are still considering their college-going options at this time and have not made a final decision. EMERGE has set a goal for final decisions by June.

At this time, EMERGE has announced a virtual Senior Celebration to be held June 24 where each of its students will announce where they will soon attend college.

EMERGE student decisions at this time by SBISD high school:

Memorial High School

·       Isabel An, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pa.

·       Ana Daza Walter, Wellesley College, Wellesley, Mass.

·       Grace Lee, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pa.

·       Aida Pourmousa, University of Houston Honors College, Houston, Texas

·       Nika Rezanour, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas

·       Ruby Zhou, Davidson College, Davidson, N.C.

Northbrook High School

·       Mireya Ascencio, Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, Pa.

·       Susana Bulnes, Brandeis University, Waltham, Mass.

·       Alondra Duenas, St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minn.

·       Sara Garcia, Emory University, Atlanta, Ga.

·       Tania Guzman, St. Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Ind.

·       Yamilette Lobos, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, N.C.

·       Tony Luna Silva, Babson College, Wellesley, Mass.

·       Cristobal Martinez, Earlham College, Richmond, Ind.

·       Julio Medina, Reed College, Portland, Ore.

·       Angie Oviedo, Northeastern University, Boston, Mass.

·       Jacqueline Romero, Earlham College, Richmond, Ind.

·       Danna Sandoval, Connecticut College, New London, Conn.

·       Gabriela Sandoval, University of Houston, Houston, Texas

Spring Woods High School

·       Anamika Alam, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas

·       Aylin Atzin, Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vt.

·       Vaniah Barrera, To Be Determined

·       Kevin Bulux, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas

·       Cinthia Cardenas Rodriguez, To Be Determined

·       Cristian Garcia, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pa.

·       Erandi Lopez, University of Houston, Houston, Texas

·       Alexis Maldonado, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas

·       Leonardo Osario, Carleton College, Northfield, Minn.

·       Lorena Tenorio, Connecticut College, New London, Conn.

Stratford High School

·       Katy Aguilar, University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas

·       Fatimah Al-Jaburi, University of Houston, Houston, Texas

·       Samuel Barbarawi, Brandeis University, Waltham, Mass.

·       Andres Bracho Valles, Carleton College, Northfield, Minn. (Posse Scholar)

·       Lauren Davis, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, Calif.

·       Angela Douglass, Wellesley College, Wellesley, Mass. (Posse Scholar)

·       Alexander Hong, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas

·       Jadon Lau, Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill. (QuestBridge Scholar)

·       Melissa Rupley, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, N.C.

Westchester Academy for International Studies

·       Mia Garcia, Babson College, Wellesley, Mass.

·       Janine Garcia Garcia, Brandeis University, Waltham, Mass.

·       Juan Mata, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pa.

·       Madison Phan, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas

·       Juan Tovar, To Be Determined

·       Sarah Villagomez, Colby College, Waterville, Maine (Posse Scholar)

·       Spring Zong, To Be Determined