“During my first two years at Rochester High School, I was very unsure of what school I would attend after graduation. I loved the idea of going to college but I just didn’t know how to get there,” said Juarez. He received a visit from several members of the Centralia College Latinos Unidos Club and was shown how he could overcome obstacles and enroll in college. That visit opened Juarez eyes to see what he could do if he set his mind to it.
Juarez made it into college and has built a solid 3.8 grade point average, strong enough to get him into the college’s Honors Society. His ambition has also pushed him to become the president of the Latinos Unidos Club, in part to return the favor club members gave him when he was in high school. He has also helped organize Citizenship Day, a time set to help register individuals for U.S. citizenship. Under his leadership club has also been active in connecting with Hispanic high school students and make the effort to show underserved individuals that they can succeed and that they, too, can get a college education.
Juarez has also been active in the International Student Club where he has helped plan cultural events and community service projects. He has also volunteered as a helper with the community Hispanic Festival.