Pictured (l-r) Belinda Flores, Elizabeth Narvaez, Daniela Gonzalez and Sandra Rodriguez prepare for the upcoming Mobile GO Center Tailgate Party. MAURICIO JULIAN CUELLAR JR.

Event will be at homecoming game from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

Mauricio Julian Cuellar Jr., Alice Echo-News Journal

Belinda Flores has always known that a career in veterinary medicine would be in her future.

Since she was a small child, she felt compassion towards animals, and tried to work with them and help them as often as possible.

She realizes, though, that most seniors at Alice High School are not so certain about their future, hence her work at the GO Center.

The AHS GO Center assists students with their college preparation, whether it's with filling out applications online, researching colleges and majors or searching for financial aid and scholarships.

To kick off their program this year, the group is hosting a tailgate party on Friday outside Memorial Stadium on the southwest side.

There will be a Mobile Go Center in the parking lot, which will have laptops available for students to look up vital college prep information.

The party is also a way for students and parents to learn more about the services available at the AHS GO Center throughout the year.

The tailgate party will run from 5:30 to 8 p.m. during the homecoming football game.

There will be games, prizes, a cake walk and free hot dogs and chips.

National Honor Society members, cheerleaders and the AHS Strutters will be on hand for the event.

The entire community is encouraged to attend.

The GO Center sees on average 50 students a week, student Elizabeth Narvaez said.

Part of their work in the Go Center is not only to help seniors with their college decisions, but also to get younger students thinking ahead about college opportunities.

During freshman orientation, Flores said the group performed a skit to let them know how the Go Center can help them.

"Freshman year is not too early to start thinking about college," Flores said."High school only lasts four years, and then you have the rest of your life in front of you. There's not much time."

Narvaez said her goal was to help her peers go to college.

"Sometimes it's easier to get help from another student, a peer, rather than a counselor. I just want to help everyone I know go to college," Narvaez said.