I am Fabian and I attend Eastwood High School, a school that is in the
far east side of town where I am currently a senior. I enjoy playing various
musical instruments and have my own rock band. I hope to attend the University
of Texas at El Paso and major in Electrical Engineering. Eventually, I plan to have
my own rock band and be a music producer.
Ruth goes to El Paso High School, a school located in the west-central
part of town, where she is currently a senior. She is involved in all kinds of
extra curricular activities such as Student Council, Youth Leadership,
community services, and her favorite, the DECA program which she now serves
as President. Ruth is going to go to college to major in Business and Finances.
She dreams of having her own business some day.
Cassandra goes to Canutillo High School, a school that is located in the
far west, right outside of El Paso. She is currently a senior and is very active in
sports. She has participated in cheerleading, track, and softball for four years.
Currently, she is on the varsity cheerleading squad and the varsity softball
team. Her aptitudes in sports and math will determine her major in college.
You may ask how these three seniors know each other and what they could
possibly have in common.
Upward Bound is what we have in common and have had in common
since our freshman year. Despite our differences, we are very good friends
and know each other quite well. Last summer at Upward Bound, all of the
seniors had the challenge of creating web sites in less than three weeks. We
had to form teams, so we decided to work together and create our website.
Countless hours of hard work trying to make our website perfect and
eye-catching, tested our commitment. With so little time to complete our task,
we had to take advantage of the time we were together in class at UT El Paso
in order to work on the important things and get them done. Cassandra and Ruth
did the research, and I researched new ways to make the website more interesting
and unique. Putting in extra time of our own was difficult because we lived on
opposite sides of town, had no transportation, and were all working with different
schedules. Every meeting had to count. Fortunately, we found a way to make it
work. Each and every member did his or her own part and performed it fantastically.
We decided on the underage drinking topic because it is such a problem in
El Paso. We live on the border between the United States and Mexico and the
authorities have no control over what happens in our neighboring city of Ciudad
Juarez, Mexico. Teenagers can easily drive over and drink legally at the age of
18. Some bars serve children as young as 12 years old. Underage drinking is a
major problem globally and border like ours make it even more difficult to control.
Our goal was to raise awareness and inform our peers about the dangers of
underage drinking. We hope that our site has effectively explained its damages,
dangers and serious consequences.