College Horizons is a week-long intensive program for Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian high school students, specifically designed to encourage personal identity growth while preparing indigenous youth for the college application process. Over its 21-year history, the NM-based organization has helped serve over 3,300 Native students, including a number of Prep students. This summer, Prep was represented at the CH programs at UMichigan and Brown by Hunter Gutierrez ’21, Mateo Perez ’20, and Emma Tsosie ’21. Also pictured above are seniors Amory Malin and Jon McHorse, who attended the program in 2018 at UPenn. In addition to those pictured above, 2019 Prep grad Nia Moquino attended the CH Scholars program this summer, a 3-week college immersion experience at Lawrence University for Native students who are about to begin their first year in college.
A number of Prep faculty members have also been involved in the program. Mateo and Emma were accompanied to the Brown program this summer by College Counselor Matt Ybarra, who completed his 4th College Horizons program as a volunteer staff member. Tewa instructor Laura Jagles and former Prep teacher Rob Wilder have served as Essay Specialists at various CH programs for over a decade. Many Prep teachers have supported our students and CH by writing recommendations for our students in the competitive application process.