Thursday, May 29, 2014

Northbrook High Decision Day

More than 280 seniors at Northbrook High took part in a Decision Day Event to recognize soon-to-be graduates who have either been accepted into colleges and universities, plan to enlist in the military, or are pursuing technical certifications and training.

The morning event, held May 1, was the third senior gathering of its kind and the largest ever at Northbrook.

In addition to breakfast and music provided by the Northbrook High Band, Spring Branch ISD Superintendent of Schools Duncan F. Klussmann, Ed.D., encouraged the seniors to chase their dreams – and more education in the form of either a two-year or four-year degree, technical certification, or a military degree.

By a show of student hands, Principal Randolph Adami noted that the counselors and others at Northbrook High had provided incredible support to the senior class. As contacted, counselors and academic advisor will provide summertime help.

Tania Sustaita, a Class of 2010 Northbrook High graduate, told seniors that only a determined, ambitious young person rises above circumstances, including personal immigration status. She will graduate next year from Texas A&M University in College Station with bachelor and master’s degree in business and management information systems.

She recalled driving through downtown Houston with her mother as a young child, looking up at a tall building downtown. “That’s where I want to work,” Tania said. This summer, she will intern in that tall building downtown. 

At the end of the program, all Northbrook High seniors came forward and declared where they plan to enroll. Students read, then signed a certificate pledging to finish their future endeavors and to better themselves and their communities.

“The best part about Decision Day for me was to see students walk to the podium and announce where they would be attending school this fall,” Tanisia Hoye said. She is the school’s college transition facilitator.

“To see some students who were not even able to articulate the difference between a two-year community college and a four-year university last fall make a definite decision about where they will spend the next two to four years and  understand that they’re taking a step toward ensuring a better future for themselves and their families was really special.  I am so proud of the class of 2014!” she said.

The top colleges and universities for Northbrook High students this year are:
  • Houston Community College
  • Lone Star College
  • University of Houston
  • University of Houston-Downtown
  • Texas A&M University in College Station
  • University of Texas at San Antonio


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