Monserrat Santillan-Rodriguez, junior at Jefferson K-12: A Somerset School and Doral College student, is going to have an exciting summer! She was recently chosen to attend the Electric Cooperative Youth Tour in Washington, D.C.
The Youth Tour is more than an all-expense paid trip to the nation’s capital to sight-see. It is a prestigious program which affords thousands of high school juniors from across the nation the opportunity to come together to learn about the nation’s history and the political process. The program includes insightful guest speakers and time to meet with legislators. The Tour selects students from rural areas and small towns. Somerset Jefferson is located in Monticello, a small town in north Florida, near Tallahassee. Somerset Jefferson began its partnership with DC just last Fall. In fact, Monserrat plans to graduate from the College with her AA next year, as part of the class of 2019. She will be the first in her county to do so.
To qualify for the tour, Monserrat had to compose an essay describing herself and how she expects to benefit from attending the tour. She shares how she immigrated to the states when she was five years old. She writes, “I moved from my homeland of Mexico into an unknown world full of the unknown and insecurity.” Today, Monserrat excels in her DC courses while maintaining a 4.0 unweighted GPA and a 4.2 weighted GPA. Monserrat is grateful to her parents, who “…ensured to carve the importance of education into my head along the way.” She hopes the experience of attending the tour will afford her “a deeper understanding and knowledge of how our nation came to be today.” She also “looks forward to creating new friendships and touring the nation’s capital in good company.”
Home in Monticello, Monserrat is a very busy junior. She is a midfielder on the soccer team, volunteers in the library, and tutors various students in addition to her studies. A former English instructor from one of her dual enrollment classes remarked that her writing style was “well beyond her years in creativity and grammar usage.” Monserrat’s future plans include attending the University of Central Florida to study computer engineering with hopes of working for a prestigious company such as Google.
Both Jefferson K-12: A Somerset School and DC wish Monserrat WELL on this exciting opportunity and hope she enjoys her adventure to Washington D.C. in June!