Pasadena Early College High School Students Continue to Excel

Pasadena Early College High School Students Continue to Excel
Posted on 04/29/2016
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From left to right: PECHS seniors Rita Pinales, Sarah Juarez, Mariana Prado and Marlene Aguilar.

Mariana Prado, early college high school student of the year with Nicole Barnes, Dual Credit Director at San Jacinto College Central Campus.

Pasadena Early College High School seniors continue to makes strides in breaking education barriers, winning awards and earning grants and scholarships.

Mariana Prado was named Early College High School Student of the Year, April 27 at the San Jacinto College Student Awards Ceremony.

“I thank God, my family, friends, fellow classmates and everyone who has supported me through this journey at Pasadena Early College High School,” Prado said. “I’m very thankful and excited to be part of this program and I’m honored to have received the award.”

Prado was chosen out of the more than 40 members of PECHS’s second graduating class. That number is double the size of the inaugural graduating class of 2015.

Students enrolled in the PECHS program will receive their associate’s degrees one month before their high school diplomas, giving them a head start in their college careers.

Prado along with three of her classmates have already started to see the fruits of their labor through sizeable scholarship awards.

The scholarship recipients are:

  • Marlene Aguilar, who won $20,000 in the Dell Scholarship. 
  • Prado, who has been offered $78,000 in the New Hawk full ride scholarship (tuition, fees, housing, books) from the University of Houston-Clear Lake.
  • Rita Pinales, who has been offered $77,000 in the Presidential Scholarship, First Year Scholarship and TEG grant from the University of Saint Thomas.
  • Sarah Juarez, who has been offered a full ride in scholarships and grants from Texas A&M.

The PECHS program continues to grow and is slated to expand to all five Pasadena ISD high schools by the 2017-2018 school year.