Two GJHS students will remain tigers for life

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. It's that time of year again, when college acceptance and rejection letters start to hit mailboxes across the country.

It can be one of the happiest or most disappointing times in a high school student's life, and for two grand junction seniors, the excitement is just beginning.

Their time as Tigers isn't over yet! In fact, both of them will be sporting orange and black for at least four more years, all of the way across the country.

"For me reflecting back on 17 years of my life the 14 years that I've been here, I'm proud of myself, I really am," says Soraya Morales Nuñez.

Soraya and Samuel Lapkin were accepted into Princeton University, something their teacher - a 25-year employee of the school - says she can't remember any one else achieving.

But their roads to higher ed wasn't always smooth. Sam has moved around across the country with his family, and Soraya is an undocumented immigrant.

She received a full-ride to the ivy-league school and says she'll be taking a pre-med track, Sam is taking a gap year before heading to campus. He'll be studying in Brazil until 2015.

Both students spoke with admissions counselors this week to thank them for their acceptance and received glowing responses about how excited they were to have the new students on campus.


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