Some in Class of 2019 will be first in family to attend college
Cypress Springs is known for its diverse student body, and high-performing seniors. About 50 percent of students in America attending college are the first in their family to achieve higher education according to First Generation Foundation.
“Honestly, I hear a lot of people saying that graduating high school is not much to celebrate because high school should be a requirement, but you never know what these people’s circumstances are,” said senior Janna Persson. “For me, my entire family grew up really fast, and decided not to continue their education. I can’t help but feel accomplished knowing that I’m going to walk across the stage. I can’t wait to see my family afterward and know that I made them proud and that their sacrifices meant something.”
A Twitter poll from CSHSJournalism estimated that of the 2019 senior class 67 percent based of those who took part in the survey will be the first in their family to walk across the stage.
“I saw the struggles that my parents went through after not completing their high school career and decided at a young age that I would never willingly put myself in their shoes. I was going to make them proud,” said senior Alexis Reyes. “Now I know that I’m gonna graduate, I’m really excited for my future. I plan on going into the medical field and am incredibly grateful to have received an education that will prepare me for my plans for the future.”