Scholar Profile: Alisha Naranjo

November 24th, 2014 | APSF-admin

Our robust scholarship program, created through the generosity of individuals, families and community members, allows us to offer money for college to our graduating seniors. We recently caught up with 2011 Aurora Central grad, Alisha Naranjo. She is currently studying family and consumer science with an emphasis on education, at Colorado State University. Alisha, pictured with her fiance, will be graduating in this upcoming spring and is set to start her student teaching soon. She says that the APS Scholarship she received from the foundation “truly made a difference” for her. Alisha’s family was unable to assist her financially with college so the “scholarship helped to ensure I wouldn’t leave college with outstanding student loans.” Learn more about Alisha below:

Alisha NaranjoAPSF: What is your favorite college experience?
Alisha: My favorite college experience, so far, is some of our very close men’s basketball games. The games are always sold out or very close to being sold out. The arena is energetic and extremely loud and when hundreds of fans watch the men’s basketball team win a close game, there is such a sense of unity and pride.

APSF: What is your favorite class?
Alisha: It is a methods class for learning how to bring my content area into the classroom and make it engaging while also effective.

APSF: How did Aurora Public Schools prepare you for college?
Alisha: APS provided me with a culturally-diverse education. In high school, the students and staff were both diverse and brought several valuable aspects to the table. Now that I am in college, I have been able to relate or pull prior knowledge from high school in almost every class.

APSF: What is your favorite high school memory?
Alisha: My favorite high school memory was my last senior choir concert. Choir was the thing I was most passionate about in high school and this concert made me realize the long journey I had taken from the first day of high school to my very last.

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