Five PSJA ISD seniors accepted into highly competitive Ivy League Universities


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PHARR – Five Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD (PSJA ISD) seniors in the district’s Early College Program have been accepted into highly competitive universities. 

In addition to being accepted to some of the nation’s most prestigious universities, all five seniors will be graduating with an Associate Degree thanks to a partnership with South Texas College. 

Congratulations to the students and their families: 

Amy Escalante, PSJA T. Jefferson T-STEM ECHS 

  • Accepted into Cornell University. Graduated with an Associate Degree in Business Administration in December 2019. 

Daija Esparza, PSJA North ECHS 

  • Accepted into Brown University. Will be graduating with an Associate Degree in Mathematics 

Mariana Juarez, PSJA North ECHS 

  • Accepted into Harvard University. Will be graduating with an Associate Degree in Mathematics 

Melanny Garcia, PSJA North ECHS, 

  • Accepted into Stanford University. Will be graduating with an Associate Degree in Mathematics 

Mariano Salcedo, PSJA Southwest ECHS 

  • Accepted into the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Will be graduating with an Associate Degree in Mechanical Engineering 

According to PSJA College Transition Department Director Carlos Garcia, four of the five seniors participated in the PSJA University & Ivy League Summer Tours during their sophomore year of high school in 2018. 

Offered in partnership with the Texas Graduate Center, the tours offer PSJA freshmen and sophomore students the opportunity to visit numerous Ivy League university campuses or medical schools to learn more about the programs offered and the admissions process. 

This is one of many ways PSJA ISD ensures students graduate college-ready, college connected, and college complete. 

“We want to instill in our PSJA students that the sky is the limit. Our PSJA students have all the tools necessary to succeed anywhere they decide to go,” said Garcia. 

Garcia thanks the district’s Financial Aid Officers, Counselors, Teachers, Principals, Administrative Teams and Parents for supporting College Transition student initiatives. 

“Congratulations to our students for this tremendous accomplishment,” said PSJA Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jorge L. Arredondo. “We also want to thank our parents and amazing team for always being there for our students and assisting them throughout their educational journey.”