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YUHSD seniors honored on billboards for sixth year in a row

YHS billboard 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. To read their stories and see photos of the billboards, please visit the 2020 RNY Billboard Showcase on the district’s official website.

“I was very surprised to find out I was selected out of hundreds of students, and I'm still in shock to this day,” said San Luis High School’s Sofia Loera, who is the female student featured on the school’s billboard. “However, I couldn't be happier to represent San Luis High School, and the Class of 2020. I am extremely grateful for it for this tremendous opportunity."

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 2020-21 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 Chief Communications Officer 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 the billboards and entire showcase are a way to share their stories and represent that.”

It is the sixth consecutive year students have been represented as part of the campaign.SLHS Billboard

“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,

2020 RNY Billboard Students:

Kenia Zepeda, CHS

Daniel Ochoa, CHS

Goshlyn Lemke, GRHS

Joshua Lopez, GRHS

Karen Ornelas, KHS

Ricardo Avalos, KHS

Sofia Loera, SLHS

Miguel Martinez, SLHS

Bryana Joya, VHS

Daniel Mendez, VHS

Breana Meza, YHS

Luis Flores Juarez, YHS

Billboard Locations:

Cibola High School: Eastbound 32nd Street and Avenue B

Gila Ridge High School: Eastbound Interstate 8 near Ave 9E

Kofa High School: 4th Avenue and 24th Street

San Luis High School: Northbound Highway 95 near Gadsden

Vista High School: Westbound 32nd Street and 8th Avenue

Yuma High School: Southbound 4th Avenue near 7th Street

Eric Patten
epatten@yumaunion.org