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AHS Senior Wins $10.000.00 Scholarship for Top Video Essay !


Posted Date: 05/27/2021

AHS Senior Wins $10.000.00 Scholarship for Top Video Essay !

Recently, Alexander High School (AHS) senior Yulissa Rodriguez (daughter of Juan and Ritha Rodriguez), was surprised and delighted when she was presented with a $10,000.00 university scholarship after winning a video essay contest sponsored by "Students Paying It Forward". The contest was open to all local public school seniors who were the top 35 percentile of their class. The assignment was to submit a video that illustrated how the COVID pandemic had impacted their  prospects of attending a college or university in the near future. The winner of the contest was determined by a committee of judges.  

The concept of "Students Paying It Forward" began with Alexander High School students Kiandra and Mario Andre Dominguez. The siblings had observed the plight of numerous 12th grade students, whose families were left financially strained by the COVID pandemic of 2020-2021. They sensed an urgency  to help one of their peers, and consulted with their parents Mario Dominguez and Michelle Quintanilla, who in turn, helped them establish the non-profit initiative. "My sister and I saw what was happening, so we wanted to get involved and help a fellow student. The generosity of our friends and family members enabled us to meet our goal of raising $10,000.00. We are extremely happy for Yulissa", said Dominguez.

 "This is such a big surprise. I want to thank my parents, counselors, teachers and friends who have helped me along the way.  I am also very grateful for what Kiandra, Mario Andre and their family have made possible. I feel amazed and honored to receive this scholarship" said Yulissa . The future veterinarian has been admitted into the honors program at Texas A&M University in Bryan, Texas.

students with a big check

"Students Paying It Forward" founders Kiandra and Mario Andre Dominguez reveal the $10,000.00
check to video essay winner Yulissa Rodriguez. 

L-R: Yulissa Rodriguez, Kiandra Dominguez and Mario Andre Dominguez

student holding up a big check

Scholarship winner Yulissa Rodriguez

family in front of big check

L-R: Mario Andre Domniguez, Mario Dominguez, Michelle Quintanilla, Yulissa Rodriguez and her 
parents, Ritha Rodriguez & Juan Rodriguez; Kiandra Dominguez.

student and school administrators holding a big check

L-R: Melissa Ramirez, UISD Director of Counseling and Instructional Accountability; AHS Counselor
Martha Cavazos; AHS Health and Science Magnet  Dean Elvira Gaona;Yulissa Rodriguez;
Kiandra Dominguez, Mario Andre Dominguez and AHS Principal Ernesto Sandoval Jr.   

student next to school mascot holding a big check

student and parents and school administrators

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