Seven Pasadena Unified School District students attended the Pre College Enrichment Institute at Prairie View A&M University in Texas. Over 125 students from Texas, California, Tennessee and Louisiana attended the program. Dajonies Solomon, Bryana Aranda-Perryman, Tamia Robinson, Angelique Mc Grue, Holly Harris, Troy Hunter and Heather Edwards were selected for the two week residential summer program for talented high school students. Four of the students selected are members of the John Muir's Softball Team. Fred Law, coach of the Muir's Softball Team was instrumental in encouraging the members of the team to attend.
For two weeks (June 26-July2) the students were engaged in programs in math, English, science and computer science, test-taking, communication and leadership skills. They were also participated in several leisure and professional field trips away from the campus. Workshops and seminars were led by Prairie View University Faculty and Master Teachers selected from Texas secondary schools.
According to Dajonies and Bryana, they learned a lot about test taking and are confident that this experience will help them prepare for the SAT test next year. Angelique believes that her experience will help her do better in math and help her pursue her goal of going to college. To enable all of the selected students to attend the Institute for Pre College Enrichments, a group of Pasadena residents who have established mentor relationships with some of the students helped them prepare for the trip by meeting with students, their parents, and the school to ensure that they got their applications and letters of recommendations in on time and proof read their essays. They also helped with transportation to and from the airport.