Maria, Academy Scholar, Aurora Central High School, Class of 2020

Studying at the Academy

When I started high school, I was worried about many things. It never even occurred to me to worry about drowning! But I couldn’t swim. Only two short years later, I am proud to say that I made it to the APS Championships for my backstroke as a part of the Aurora Central High School swim team.Being on the swim team is one way that I have felt like a part of the ACHS community. It has become one of the proudest achievements out of all my time here in high school, and BHGH helped me get there.

When I was an 8th grader, I walked up to the Boys Hope Girls Hope table at North Middle School and learned about the program for the first time. Ryan explained to me everything that BHGH offered students. Community Service. Book Club. College Tours. Tutoring. Scholarship help. Field trips. Career Panels. My goal was to attend college, and Boys Hope Girls Hope was going to help me get there.

Flash forward to my junior year. I am very proud to say that I am more involved around my school than ever before. In addition to being on swim team, I’m also in our speech and debate team, our thespian group, Junior Class Leadership Committee, and National Honors Society, and I’m in our school’s choir. Although I am a part of many different programs at my school, I have been able to stay on track and maintain good grades through this whole year, thanks to BHGH.

The tutors that BHGH has provided me with have helped me with different subjects such as math, and biology which have helped me maintain an A in classes such as math and biology.

In addition to academic support, BHGH has helped me explore my future.  I have been able to take several college visits, which have provided me with an idea of where I want to go after graduating high school. I completely fell in love with the University of Northern Colorado, for example. BHGH has also helped me decide which possible careers might be best suited for me by providing careers panels every month. For instance, I got the opportunity to meet and talk to a Special Education Teacher in our last career panel. This made me realize that Special Education is something I’m really interested in and would like to further explore in college. My goal is to graduate college. I know I’ll be able to do this with the help of my family, friends, and teachers, but most importantly with the help of BHGH.