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GEAR UP Senior reflects on Prescott High School Years and Plans for Future

Prescott will say good bye to an exemplary student Friday at graduation. Erik Sandoval has been at our school since the third grade. He said that his experience at Prescott has been fantastic.

GEAR UP played an important role in his success. Erik attended Cougar Quest in the 9th grade, an opportunity he would not have had if GEAR UP funds were not available. “GEAR UP completely changed the direction my life was going.” said Erik of GEAR UP. “If I would have graduated at all, I certainly wouldn’t be looking at college.” Erik is enrolled at WSU in Pullman. He and his brother will attend next fall, live off campus and keep jobs to help with the costs. Both Erik and his brother Alberto are extremely interested in business administration. Erik was nominated to go to Washington DC during the summer before his junior year. During that trip he was able to visit Columbia University, NYU, and Georgetown. In all, Erik has visited 16 college campuses because of the GEAR UP grant. Erik was also invited to go to Business week and Health Care week at Gonzaga University his junior and senior years respectively. It was at Business week that he changed his occupational goal of aeronautical engineering to business. “I may change my mind again,” he said, “but that is ok because at least I know I am going to college and will have so many more options as an adult than I might have.” GEAR UP has also provided many of the students with laptops to use during school hours. Having access to technology has made all the difference.

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