2015 Graduation Luncheon

2014 Graduation Luncheon

On April 24th, Breakthrough supporters, students, and parents joined co-chairs Kate and Shawn Gross & Kara and Dax Sanders to celebrate the graduating class of 2014 at our annual Graduation Luncheon at the Junior League of Houston. Breakthrough Houston Executive/Program Director, Kathy Heinzerling, gave a special welcome to our graduating seniors as they entered the ballroom with their chaperones, and she proudly reported that 100% of our graduating seniors have been accepted to college. They plan to attend schools like Georgetown University, University of Chicago, and University of Houston Honors Program. To continue the celebration, senior Sira Ntagha shared her experience as a Breakthrough Houston student/teacher and announced that she would be attending Southern Methodist University as a Hunt Leadership Scholar in the fall. Keynote speaker, Doug Foshee, shared his personal family story and urged us all to add a push to the flywheel of educational change.  Through his words, he illustrated how we as a community can create the momentum needed for improving the state of education in Houston and beyond.  His remarks and data showed us that programs like Breakthrough Houston are making a difference and can truly create a breakthrough in the lives of Houston’s deserving youth.

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2013 Graduation Luncheon

On April 25th, students, teachers, parents, and Breakthrough donors gathered at the Junior League of Houston to celebrate the accomplishments of the Breakthrough Houston class of 2013! This year, 18 students graduated from BTH, and 100% of our students plan to continue their education beyond high school. Our students will attend colleges across the United States including Bryn Mawr, Baylor, Hope College, Texas Christian University, The University of Texas, and The University of Houston.

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At the graduation celebration, our keynote speaker Dr. Ruth Turley (from Rice University and the Houston Education Research Consortium), spoke about the achievement gap in Houston, and how programs like BTH are working to close it.

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Dr. Ruth Turley delivers the keynote address.

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From left to right: BTH School year and summer teachers Neeraj Salhotra, Adrianna Morell, and Aby Cisneros, and BTH Director of Student Services Morris Nwogwugwu

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Breakthrough College Bound Director Christine Cepeda (right) poses with Breakthrough Houston graduate DeAsia Moore, who plans to attend Louisiana State University in the fall.

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BTH executive director Kathy Heinzerling congratulates graduating students Emily Garcia and Brea Goodman.

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