Harlandale HS seniors reach for higher education

Loud cheers and excitement filled the Harlandale High School gymnasium during the school’s seventh annual College Decision Day on April 26.

A total of 160 seniors proudly proclaimed their higher education plans in front of their administrators, teachers, peers, family members and friends. Juniors filled the gym bleachers to cheer on their fellow HHS Indians and even got pumped up for their own higher education plans. 

HHS Principal Alfred Anthony kicked off the event by congratulating all the seniors and thanking them for their time spent at Harlandale HS.

“It’s hard to believe we’re six weeks away from graduation seniors, you’ve given us four great years, we thank you, we’re proud of you,” he said. “This is just another way for us to show some gratitude towards you, so thank you for being an Indian!”

During the event, the Mighty Million Dollar Band from Indian Land and the HHS Cheerleaders brought great energy and pumped up the crowd.

Nearly 20 college representatives were on hand to personally congratulate and welcome their future students, including San Antonio College, Palo Alto College, Our Lady of the Lake University, St. Mary’s University, Texas A&M University- San Antonio, Texas Lutheran University, UT Austin, UTSA, University of the Incarnate Word, as well as the U.S. Army, U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Navy.

Twenty lucky seniors received a free “HHS College Basket” filled with college essentials, including a pillow, blanket and décor items for their dorms.

Students also heard from special guest Palo Alto College President Dr. Michael Flores, who congratulated the Class of 2018 for making a commitment to continue their higher education.

For HHS Head Counselor Denise Flores, College Decision Day is a great opportunity to celebrate seniors for all of their hard work and to motivate juniors to follow in their footsteps.

“We’re excited for our seniors,” she said. “They’ve been hearing about college probably since elementary school, and it’s great for them to be here and see the support from their community, teachers and parents. It’s also a good way to inspire and encourage their peers to go beyond high school.”

The event was followed by a College Fair in the library to expose juniors to different career options available around the country.

“I feel that students don’t know a lot about universities, especially outside of San Antonio,” HHS College Advisor Julia Cottle said. “So, we’re trying to promote different colleges and universities and give students the opportunity to explore more options.”

Way to go, HHS Indians!

 HHS Decision Day 2018

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