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By Jacqueline Saucedo and Estela Reyes

            Most students stop playing sports following their senior year, but this will not be the case with SGHS Senior, Jamaal Neal. This upcoming fall he will be enrolling in the University of Las Vegas where he will be majoring in business with a focus on Apparel.

            When asked what advise he has for underclassman he responded, “Take advantages of resources and opportunities offered. Watch what you post on social media, spend more time doing what you have to do rather than what you want to do.”

            Jamaal was contacted by the university and recruited three hours later after they watched his highlights and accessed his transcripts. They offered him a full-ride scholarship. He was excited to have received this opportunity because it is not offered to many individuals. He admitted, “I was highly relieved and excited for the opportunity. I was not expecting it.”

            Estela Felix, a senior at South Gate High School, will also be experiencing going out of state. Estela will be attending Green Mountain College – a private environmental liberal arts college located in Vermont, across the country from her home. Estela Felix was rewarded for excelling on and off the court, she won numerous awards such as Gro Harlem Brundtland Global Sust. Award of $4,000 every semester that she attends the school and GMC Authentic Sustainability 2020 Grant which gives Estela $9,500. She will be playing volleyball for the Eagles next fall, and is enthusiastic and hopeful for her future in the East Coast.

            Recalling the excitement she felt receiving a prestigious scholarship for academics and sports “I was very excited, I knew that my hard work finally payed off and will continue to pay off at Green Mountain. I have always put academics first and will continue to after high school.”

            Felix suggests that underclassmen put school first and sports second and to focus on and off the court because their hard work will be acknowledged when it is time for them to apply to universities.