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UHS seniors share plans for the future

Posted May 18, 2015

More than 200 students and their families gathered Monday morning for University High School's Senior Declaration breakfast.

The seniors proudly sported t-shirts from the colleges, universities and programs that they will be heading to after high school.

Some of the nearly 50 schools students will attend are close to home: The University of Arizona, Pima Community College, Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Grand Canyon University. Further away: Stanford, California State, Colorado Christian. And further still: Harvard, Duke, Northwestern, Princeton, Purdue, Penn State, Yale.

Gustavo Andrade, who won a Gates Millennium Scholarship, chose Duke after looking at small liberal arts schools and larger elites. He said he chose Duke because he likes the bigger campus. He will attend the Pratt School of Engineering there.

He said he was at a poetry slam at a university in California when he got a text from his mom with the news that he earned the Gates scholarship, which covers all four years of his education.

"People were on stage pouring out their emotions, so I couldn't jump up," he said, "I sat there until it was over and then called my mom. I was speechless."

Tyler Glasser spent a good bit of his time at the breakfast taking photos with the boys volleyball team, which had a remarkable season, finishing 34-5 for the season and ranked 11 in the state.

Tyler played soccer, volleyball and golf during his time at University High School, and he will miss playing sports when he moves on to the University of Arizona, where he plans to study psychiatry.

His mom, Debbie Glasser, said she is absolutely thrilled for her son. "I'm very proud," she said.

Carmen Hernandez, UHS learning supports coordinator and sponsor of the Class of 2015, said she remembers when some of the students in the room didn't think they would make it this far.

"Some of you came to me and said, 'I don't think UHS is for me,'" Ms. Hernandez said. "Look at you now. You did it. You are doing it."

University High School's graduation will be held Thursday night at Centennial Hall on the University of Arizona campus.

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