Following their commencement ceremony last Friday, the 403 graduating seniors from the Nogales High School Class of 2019 are setting off to attend top universities, colleges, vocational and trade programs, as well as enlist with the military and go directly into the workforce.
Three students are bound for Notre Dame University in Indiana, two to California State in San Marcos, two to Iowa Wesleyan, and one each to Stanford University (Calif.), Babson College (Mass.), Sacramento State (Calif.), Pepperdine University (Calif.), Occidental College (Calif.) and Williston State College (N.D.), according to Superintendent Fernando Parra, who shared the information with the Nogales Unified School District governing board at its meeting Tuesday.
Another 20 graduates indicated that they will attend universities in Mexico.
Of those staying closer to home, 86 say they plan to go to the University of Arizona, 42 to Arizona State University, three to Northern Arizona University, five to Grand Canyon University and one to Benedictine University at Mesa.
There were 142 students who indicated they were starting at the community college level: 134 at Pima Community College, and one each at Yavapai College, Sierra Nevada College, Cochise College, Phoenix College, Highland Community College, Central College, Scottsdale Community College and South Mountain Community College.
Twenty-nine students said they would enter a vocational or trade school, with 14 headed to Pima Medical Institute, three to Carrington College, six to a beauty or barber school, three to Universal Technology Institute, and three to other trade schools.
Twenty students said they were entering the military shortly after graduation, and another 20 will go into the workforce. Three students plan to enter programs for those with special needs.
Parra told the board that the statistics indicate just how well-prepared NUSD students are upon graduation.
(From a news release submitted by Kathy Scott of the Nogales Unified School District.)