Pictured: AHS National Honor Society members Joshua Cavazos, Emilio Guerra and Matthew Zamora signed up for information at the Texas A&M University-College Station table during Wednesday's College Night. MAURICIO JULIAN CUELLAR JR.

Annual AHS College Night drew large crowd

Mauricio Julian Cuellar Jr., Alice Echo-News Journal

More than 50 educational organizations were present during Wednesday's College Night at Alice High School.

Colleges from as far away as Oklahoma State University to as close by as Coastal Bend College made information available to future high school graduates.

Seniors Cristina Gonzalez and Jeremy Navarro headed straight for the Texas State University table at the beginning of the night, citing the rigorous academic programs the campus offers.

"I have some experience at the university with my older brother," Navarro said. "Students work hard over there."

Without a moment's hesitation, Navarro said he was interested in the college's business program, while Gonzalez has a mind to major in biology, and spent several minutes discussing details with TSU's Senior Admissions Counselor Elisa Ramos.

College Night served not only AHS students, but was also attended by several students from Orange Grove High School, Mathis High School and Ben Bolt-Palito Blanco High School.

Sgt. First Class Jaime E. Valenzuela, a 1988 graduate of AHS, was on hand as a Recruiting and Retention NCO to talk to students about the Texas Army National Guard.

The guard is just one way students can earn money for their education and have the honor of serving their country.

The National Guard table was set behind the library, several feet from the other tables at College Night, and it was a location Valenzuela enjoyed.

"It's a good place to be. We have a fair amount of traffic coming through here, and it's quiet in this corner, so we have a chance to really talk to the students who stop by," Valenzuela said.

As an AHS graduate, Valenzuela said he was amazed at the changes to the campus. "It's really big now, they made so many changes. I remember when there used to be carpet on the floors."

Although the evening supplied seniors with important college information, it wasn't an event just for the oldest students.

Two freshmen students, Samantha Soliz and Jessica Andrade, visited the many tables, walking with University of Texas San Antonio brochures firmly in hand. Both students said it's never too early to start thinking about college.

"UTSA is close, but it's not too close," Soliz said about her school decision.