2005 marks the School’s 32nd Year of Graduating At-Risk Youth
One-Hundred and five George I. Sanchez Charter High School graduates took on the challenge and overcame obstacles such as teen pregnancy, academic deficiencies, language barriers, dropping out, job responsibilities and in some cases a history of drug abuse or gang involvement. Their achievements will be celebrated during George I. Sanchez’ 32nd annual graduation ceremony at:
Saturday, May 28, 2005
AAMA’s Multipurpose Education Center
6001 Gulf Freeway
Houston, TX 77023
“In light of discouraging statistics and the weight of the obstacles faced - obstacles that most other high school students didn’t have to deal with - our graduates have even more reason to be proud of,” said AAMA’s Education Chair Raul Dominguez.
Whether they are among the 12 parenting students like Diana Camargo, who overcame the struggles of not one, but three children and a part time job; or like Salutatorian Rodrigo Lara who came from Monterrey Nuevo Leon two years ago and faced high school without the English language (ESL student) - yet managed not only to overcome the barrier but also earned the honor of graduating second in his class - Sanchez’s 2005 graduates worked hard and reached deep within themselves to meet their responsibilities day after day, year after year.
Like Saul Hernandez and Bruno de la Rosa, many who will walk down the stage to collect their diplomas, had already given up and dropped out but found a welcome sign, a second chance and the support to succeed at Sanchez.
Others like Mayra Isidro, Sarai Rodriguez and Irbin Hernandez, who rank among the top 10 percent of their class, took on yet another challenge, to complete the feat in three years.
“The Sanchez High School succeeds with highly at-risk youth like no other school in Houston,” notes Gilbert Moreno President/CEO, “We won’t give up on any youth that wants to better his situation and future livelihood”.
Joining the 75 George I. Sanchez graduates, are 40 youth who earned their GED through AAMA’s adult literacy program, Adelante (To Move Forward) and will also celebrate their significant accomplishment.
Founded in 1973, AAMA’s George I. Sanchez Charter High School proudly celebrates it’s distinguished approach to education that has earned the school a 32-year legacy of successfully serving at-risk youth and turning would-be dropouts into high school graduates and promising leaders.