In the News
Nikita Grezlik is a 15 year-old
sophomore at Crockett High School who attends Naval Junior Reserve
Officer Training Corps at Travis High School in the afternoon. A
member of the honor guard, Nikita is considering a career in the military
after graduating from collage. She was exited to learn the collage
ROTC experience will allow her to enlist as a Second Lieutenant.
and her sister, Tiffany Grezlik, joined the Hispanic Mother-Daughter Program
at the insistence of their mother, Noelia Wolverton. Nikita was recommended
for the program by a teacher who recognized her tremendous potential.
When asked what she likes best about the Hispanic Mother-Daughter
Program , Nikita says, ''Everything is fun, but I really like learning what
college will be like.''
found the Program to be as big a source of support for as for the
girls. ''The first year, I was concerned about the physical
and emotional changes any girls were going through. But all the moms
were going through the same thing. It was a big relief! We really
helped each other.''
Program's career days have both girls contemplating their futures . Nikita
is determined to remain in the Hispanic Mother-Daughter Program throughout
high schooled to graduate from collage so she can show other girls
the program works. Ants and insect life are Nikita's passion, and
she hopes to receive a scholarship to collage where she will study entomology.
Tiffany has her sights set on Duke University's pre-med program and is
already looking forward to Duke's summer programs for high school students.
Leticia & Monica
one can ever accuse the Guerra women of being quitters. Now an 11th grader,
Monica Guerra joined the Hispanic Mother-Daughter Program as a6th grader
at Covington Elementary. A job opportunity for the girls' father took
the family to Lytle, a small town near san Antonio. Monica and her mother,
Leticia Guerra, enjoyed the Program so much that they remained involved
and now drive two hours each way from Lytle to attend Program events.
when The Junior of San Antonio began operating a Hispanic Mother-Daughter
Program last year, Monica and Leticia decided to stay with the Austin
Program. "I just love Miss Rose9the director) and I feel so welcome
here," says Monica.
Monica and sister, Sarah Guerra, have always known that college is in
their future. Excited about the possibility of joining ROTC, Monica already
has her school choices prioritized- Loyola, NYU, and Southwestern top
her list. Law or undercover crime investigation interest Monica, but Sarah,
a 4th grader at Lytle Elementary, has her sights set on being a brain
surgeon or maybe a veterinarian. "She can do it, too," mother
Leticia says gravely. "I have no doubt."
of Monica's favorite Hispanic Mother-Daughter Program memories is a weekend
she spent in Jester as a 6th grader, meeting new people who, like her,
are high achievers. Sarah will be creating new memories when she enrolls
in the Austin Program as a 6th grader. Leticia doesn't seem to mind seven
more years of driving to Austin. "It's worth it-it's such a great
program," she says. "We just make the drive our special time
to talk and catch up."
- The Valencia Family - Celina
always wanted to do even better on my school work, always working for
even better grades," says Fabiola Valencia about why her 5th
grade teacher, Ms. Canales, referred her to the Hispanic Mother- Daughter
Program. Now a 7th grader at Bedichek Middle School, Fabiola has been
in the program for two years .
the Hispanic Mother -Daughter Program, Fabiola had no thought much
about college. "I thought I was too young to even think about it,
but now I know I'm not." Although she wants to be a chef or maybe
a dentist, Fabiola has many talents to explore once she is college- bound.
An accomplished violinist, she joined the school orchestra at the suggestion
of a friend who plays cello.
Valencia, a newly single mom, says her motivation for participating in
the Hispanic Mother Daughter Program is her love for her daughter and
the opportunity to spend time with Fabiola, which has brought them closer.
Celina thinks so highly of the program that she want to get her two other