Jeovanny Sorto Solis attended Basalt High School until the end of his second year, when he transferred to Bridges High School.
“I think it was really beneficial for me. The teachers are more like friends, and there’s more chance of talking to them since it’s a small school,” says Sorto Solis. “They support you in every way possible.”
Bridges High School provides a small school environment so students can focus on building positive relationships with members of the community.
“Our mission is to engage students in their own education and create pathways to a prosperous future. We value the individual journey and students are encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning, growth and development,” the schools website states.
Sorto Solis says he started high school pretty badly.
“I was dropping out all the time and not really going to class,” he says.
Once he started dating Bridges, Sorto Solis says he found outlets such as working out at the gym, as well as helping his mother clean the gym in Aspen on certain days. He says he also enjoys playing basketball and video games with friends and spending time with his family.
Sorto Solis completed the compulsory courses at Bridges, but it wasn’t until he took a finance course that he became interested in the school.
“I took this finance course which I found interesting. It helped me think about what I wanted from my future,” he says.
For this reason, Sorto Solis now sees a future with the university. He received a scholarship for CMC from Alpine Bank, as well as a scholarship for Colorado Mesa Universtiy. From now on, he plans to stay in the community and go to CMC to study business. He says he would like to start his own business one day, maybe car tinting.
What he said he will miss the most in high school are the football games and the people.
“I grew up with them and it was good to see how things change,” he said. “It was a good experience and fun while it lasted.”
Looking forward to graduation, Sorto Solis said graduating would make him proud and more accomplished. He also hopes to set a good example for his little brother, with whom he shares a room, and his little sister.
“It’s important to be a good role model,” he said.