Source: Valley Roadrunner

The Jaguars’ Spot

by Alina Gonzalez

April 24, 2014

Dr. Seuss wrote, “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.”

It’s been years since this classic children’s tale has been read to many of our 2014 Jags, but “Oh, the places we will go” is a literary anthem for the seniors this time of year.

As May 1 approaches, seniors need to set in stone their college decisions and make their choice of where they will spend their next four years.

A page on Facebook called “Oh the Places Jags Will Go!” was created for the class of 2014 to share their college ventures and it seems like Jags are going just about everywhere to learn and pursue the things they love!

Melina Much and Kenya Paiz will both be headed east to follow their achievements in sports.

Melina was scouted by Francis Marion during a national soccer showcase and is headed to play Division I on a full-ride scholarship. Kenya will be venturing to Davis and Elkins College in West Virginia to swim on their Division II swim team and study pre-veterinarian sciences and business.

Some other students received academic scholarships that helped with their decision.

Billy Mayor is going even father west to study at Hawaii Pacific University and major in diplomacy and military studies. A major, he says, that is very unique and offers much needed hands on experience.

From west to east some kiddos are landing smack down in the middle of the nation.

Jose Alfaro is attending the Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology to major in nondestructive testing and quality control. Pretty rad, huh?

Our Class VP, Jason Blasius, plans to go to the United States Air Force Academy and work with intelligence once he’s graduated and serve his country.

And he’s not alone, as many other Jags want to serve their country as well.

“I like the discipline,” says Evan Smith, who is joining the Navy. “I want to serve my country and I want to have the benefits and the traveling opportunities.”

Some kids, like Kyle Talbot, are planning on doing two years at Cal State San Marcos and then transferring to a UC. Kyle plans to study biological sciences and attend Med School to ultimately work a three-year residency in pediatric medicine.

Others are also staying local and planning on going to Palomar or Mira Costa while also maintaining jobs.

I personally applaud these kids because it is so smart to go to a community college to get your general education done before transferring. The costs of a CC per year total about $2,000 as opposed to $20,000 or more at a four-year university!

But wherever our Jags go and whatever college their heart takes them to, they are bound for great things.

In the words of Dr, Seuss, “Kid, you’ll move mountains. Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So…get on your way!”