The real test of a high school education is how it plays out afterward. CAN graduates are successful, hardworking, and are making contributions in diverse fields. Here are just a few of the many paths taken by Concept Alumni.

Alumni Spotlight
(Week of Feb 8, 2016)

Jasmond Young

Jasmond Young is an Alumna of Horizon Science Academy - HSA Toledo High School, Class of 2012. Currently, Jasmond is a senior at the University of Toledo.

Briefly, describe your career path.
I am now a senior finishing up my last semester as a Marketing student in the College of Business and Innovation at the University of Toledo (UT). After graduating from here, I plan to attend the University of Cincinnati where I will study either Fashion Design or Interior Design. While there, I am hoping that one of the programs required co-ops will lead me to a successful and fulfilling career!
What are you passionate about in your work/school?
I am extremely passionate about Japanese! I have been taking classes in it since my first semester at UT and decided very early on to minor in the language. Since then, I have become the Vice President of the Japanese Student Association and the President of the Japanese Calligraphy Club. Although I am no master, I am able to do some Japanese calligraphy. I am also very interested in Japan’s culture—traditions, school and family life, fashion, anime, manga, drama, music—I love it all! Other than that, I get excited to learn about and experience different cultures in general.
Where is your career headed?
As mentioned previously, I plan to attend another college for a second degree. With all of my experience, I plan to take my skills worldwide (especially to Japan) to share them with other people. Wherever my path takes me, I hope that it is something that I really love and involves lots of travel.
How has your Concept Schools experience helped shape your success?
While being a student at Concept Schools, I was given the opportunity to experience things that I never would have dreamed of. I received help in preparing for my ACTs and was placed in PSEO courses that made my college career easier. I had a class specifically dedicated to applying for colleges and finding the right one for me. I was taken on a trip to tour colleges and tourist destinations all along the East Coast, was even named valedictorian of my awesome class, and so much more! All in all, it has helped me develop into the well-rounded, positive, and successful individual that I am today.
How are you a game changer?
I am a leader. I do my best to see the world from different perspectives and not just my own. Doing so allows me to better listen to and help others—something I find very satisfying. One of my ultimate goals is to be able to create opportunities for other people, just as opportunities have been created for me.
What is the most amazing or interesting thing that’s happened to you since graduating?
In the summer of 2014, I had the most amazing opportunity of studying abroad in Japan for three weeks in three cities: Tokyo, Toyohashi, and Kyoto. During this time, I got the chance to truly put my language skills to use and experience the culture by means of trying lots of the delicious cuisine; staying with a beautiful host family for a week (I miss them so much!); meeting student from UT’s sister city college at Aichi University; and visiting many of Japan’s popular destinations. I learned so much and really enjoyed myself during this time. I still keep in contact with everyone that I met and I can wait to go back again!
Your favorite high school memory?
I don’t have one single favorite high school memory. I simply enjoyed the time I spent with all of my friends and teachers and participating in my many student organizations!
How do you support and participate in the Concept Alumni?
I haven’t been able to give much support yet, but I plan to do so in the future. I participate in Concept Alumni by staying in contact with other alumni and with the staff that has helped me as a student!

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