A few weeks before Democratic state Rep. Richard Morrissette decided to call a parent summit at Capitol Hill High School, he met a senior there who exemplified the challenges he wanted to address.
Santa Gonzalez came to him with tears in her eyes, not knowing where to turn or what her future held.
"I was scared,” she at the school Wednesday night.
"My parents didn’t support me, and didn’t want me to go to college. I was scared of the future.”
After speaking with Morrissette, Gonzalez said she got the encouragement she needed to work hard at school, and she found the courage to talk to her parents about wanting to be the first in her family to earn a college degree.
"I still don’t know where I’m going to go,” Gonzalez said. "But I know I’m going to college.”
Her story and the untold stories of countless others at Capitol Hill are why Morrisette organized a pep rally-type meeting to get parents involved and energize students.
About 50 parents were scattered about the auditorium.
A recent student brawl in the school’s lunchroom was not brought up during the meeting.