01 Jan Three CCSD high school seniors overcame adversity to gain acceptance into nation’s top universities

Just before the winter break, the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Las Vegas Sun, and The Nevada Independent separately profiled three exceptional high school seniors. Superintendent Dr. Jesus F. Jara recognized each of these students during his State of the Schools keynote address.

Ian Alexander of Clark High School, Jayla Scott of East Career and Technical Academy, and Pablo Alarcon of Clark High School overcame hardship to excel in the classroom and beyond.

These three seniors recently were told they will receive full-ride scholarships to some of the country’s top universities. They were assisted in the admissions process by QuestBridge, a nonprofit whose mission is to connect the country’s brightest students from low-income backgrounds with the nation’s leading institutions of higher education.

Their parents and CCSD educators played an instrumental role in their success, as is witnessed in the stories about their achievements.

Read more about Ian Alexander’s remarkable determination detailed in the Review-Journal.

Learn about Jayla Scott’s incredible journey detailed in The Nevada Independent.

Discover how Pablo Alarcon, an immigrant from Colombia, personifies the American dream.