Q&A with Yesenia, 2013 CORE Student of the Year

Yesenia Core Award 2013


For the second year in a row, an MCH youth won the Student of the Year award from the Coalition for Residential Education (CORE). Yesenia, a Waco campus resident, received the award for demonstrating personal growth, achievement and leadership. She graduates in June and will attend the University of Texas in Austin to study biology in order to pursue her goal of becoming a pediatrician. Due to her outstanding academic achievements, Yesenia has received multiple scholarships including the Brazos Higher Education Foundation Scholarship and the A.J. Moore Business Advisory Board Scholarship.

To accept the CORE award, Yesenia took a trip to Los Angeles with her unit manager Erica Reyes-Rosas. It was her first time to travel on an airplane. After a nervous flight, the two made it to California where they took a tour of celebrities’ homes, and visited Hollywood Boulevard, the Chinese Theatre, Hard Rock Café and Disneyland. Yesenia talked to us about her trip and winning the CORE award.

Q – What was your reaction to winning the CORE award?
A – When Ms. Charlsie told me I won and that I would have to fly to California, my reaction was “I’ve never flown before and I’m scared out of my mind to fly!” But once I calmed down, I was in disbelief that I won! It means a lot for me to get this award. It’s a great feeling to be recognized for all of my hard work over the years.

Q – What was your favorite part of the trip?
A - Disneyland. I don’t care how old I am, I would go back. It’s the happiest place on earth!

Q – How was the overall experience?
A – I’m really glad I didn’t let my fear of flying keep me from going. I am really grateful for the trip. It was definitely a trip of many firsts.

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