In exciting events held at three Pomona high schools and modeled after the NBA draft ceremony, 90 seniors from the Academy of Young Scholars program spoke movingly about what inspires them and announced where they will be going to college. They were cheered on by the Academy juniors and sophomores, who will be following in their footsteps. Academy students will attend a range of colleges, including UC’s, Cal States, community colleges and private colleges. Wherever they go, they will be organized in peer support groups called “crews” whose members will encourage each other, get involved in campus life together, and help each other access campus resources. This will be the Academy program’s second college-going cohort. All of the students in the first cohort completed their freshman year of college!