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Roosevelt celebrates littles' graduation

Roosevelt High School along with Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Texas hosted a press conference Monday, June 2 to celebrate the graduation of seven "Littles" matched with mentors at Rackspace.

The students were part of the InspireU workplace mentoring program through Big Brothers Big Sisters and Rackspace. The students were matched with a Big Brother or Big Sister when they were 7th graders at White Middle School. They continued meeting with their "Bigs" for lunch at Rackspace through high school at Roosevelt.

"He has always been supportive," said Quentin Williams, Little Brother, about Big Brother Grant Herbon. "He's one of the best friends I've had. It has been a really awesome experience for me."

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The Littles each received a certificate of congratulations from Congressman Henry Cuellar and Senator Leticia Van de Putte.

Principal Melvin Echard recognized each of the students and announced their plans for college. He also encouraged the students to come back to volunteer at Roosevelt after college.

Big Brothers Big Sisters launched the InspireU workplace mentoring program in 2008. Now there are more than 700 students and 700 volunteers matched in San Antonio.

Roosevelt Big Brothers Big Sisters press conference

Students and their mentors attended the press conference at Roosevelt High School.

Roosevelt Big Brothers Big Sisters press conference

Grant Herbon talks about his time with Little Brother Quentin Williams.

Roosevelt Big Brothers Big Sisters press conference

Dr. Brian G. Gottardy, NEISD Superintendent of Schools, Judge Rogelio Lopez, Councilwoman Ivy R. Taylor, Principal Melvin Echard, BBBS CEO Denise Barkhurst, BBBS Support Specialist Christine Tanner, and Minnie Abrego-Sanchez, Sen. Van de Putte's office, pose with Littles Quentin Williams, Silvia Garcia, Tynaya Calloway, Sydnee Booker, DeVonta Johnson, Albeni Holmes. Not pictured is Little Sister Trisha Guerrero.

Posted on June 2, 2014