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YUHSD seniors to appear on billboards for fifth year in a row

Seniors from all six Yuma Union High School District schools will appear on billboards across Yuma County to promote the district’s Ready Now Yuma initiative.

There are six billboards in total located near the students’ respective campuses. One male and one female student from each school are represented in the campaign. As part of the selection process, each student was required to write a brief personal essay and participate in a video interview. To see their interviews, read their stories and see photos of the billboards, please visit the 2019 RNY Billboard Showcase on the district’s official website.

“It’s a really big honor,” Luis Guerrero of San Luis High School said. “I wasn’t expecting this. I saw the billboards in front of the high school last year and thought, ‘What did they do to be there? I wish I could be there.’ I always worked my tail off for A’s in my classes and to be involved in clubs on campus. I really hope to represent San Luis in the best way possible.”

Principals, guidance counselors, teachers, and district administrators all played a role in recommending students for the billboards, which will run through most of the summer. Additionally, banners of each student will be displayed on their respective campuses for the 2019-20 school year.

“The idea of the program was originally to raise awareness about the district’s Ready Now Yuma initiative; that every student will be career, college and community ready upon graduation,” YUHSD Communications Director Eric Patten said. “Since then it has advanced to really be representative of the hard-working, incredible students who attend our high schools. Every one of our students has taken a unique path to get where they are today, and it’s been a pleasure to help share some of their stories to represent that.”

It is the fifth consecutive year students have been represented as part of the campaign.

“We had 12 students represented on the billboards, but we also showcased another 12 students as part of a spotlight with video interviews in the fall semester. To me, that’s the most important piece of all this; doing everything we can to recognize the success stories of our students. They talk about their experiences in Career & Technical Education, AVID, athletics, clubs and activities, student council, advanced placement, dual-credit enrollment, and the numerous other opportunities they’ve taken advantage of during their high school careers. No story is the same, but, if you listen, they can all be really inspiring.”

Lamar Outdoor Advertising, which furnished the billboards, has partnered with YUHSD on numerous projects.

Ready Now Yuma is a unique, student-centered initiative of Yuma Union High School District and Helios Education Foundation, Its goals include graduating every YUHSD student prepared to succeed in college and career; embedding a high-expectations, college-going culture within the district; and increasing the number of students entering and succeeding in postsecondary education, including career and technical education, community college, and university,

2019 RNY Billboard Students:

Karen Campa, CHS

Joshua Dusek, CHS

Keven Chacon, GRHS

Mia Corners, GRHS

Julio Martinez Valle, KHS

Leilani Wesley, KHS

Luis Guerrero Muniz, SLHS

Cassandra Hernandez, SLHS

Rubi Cabrera, VHS

Kobe Young, VHS

Anthony Nunez Romero, YHS

Isabellah Mayoral Ortega, YHS

Billboard Locations:

Cibola High School: Eastbound 32nd Street and Avenue B

Gila Ridge High School: May: Southbound Fortuna Road and E 35th Place. July: Westbound Interstate 8 and Fortuna Road

Kofa High School: May: Westbound 24th Street and 4th Avenue. July: Westbound 32nd Street and 8th Avenue

San Luis High School: Southbound Highway 95 near Gadsden

Vista Alternative High School: Northbound Pacific Avenue and 24th Street

Yuma High School: Eastbound 16th Street and Arizona Avenue

Eric Patten
epatten@yumaunion.org