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  • Jessica Zamarripa
    PSJA Thomas Jefferson T-STEM Early College High School, Class of 2016

    Associate Degree in Mathematics from South Texas College

    Plans to Attend: Texas A&M College Station
    Major: Aerospace Engineering

    National Honor Society/ Chess/ Robotics / National Technical Honor Society Treasure / UIL Math / Phi Theta Kappa / Sigma Kappa Delta / Business Professionals of America / Jazz Band

    What are your goals and aspirations?
    My goal is to receive a Bachelor’s Degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Texas A&M College Station and work my way up to receiving a doctoral degree. I hope to one day be able to work for a corporation such as SpaceX or NASA focusing on the mechanical aspects.

    Essay Contest 3D Printer Winner; Hispanic Heritage Youth Award; Silver Award in Jazz Band; 1st Place in Chess Tournament; National Honor Society President; Robotics President; National Technical Honor Society Treasure; Senior Ambassador; UIL Math; Mu Alpha Theta; Phi Theta Kappa; Who’s Who Among Students; The National Society of High School Scholars; Sigma Kappa Delta; Business Professional of America; 1st Chair in Jazz Band.

    How was your Early College experience?
    My experience at PSJA has been memorable and unique. Each year has brought new challenges that have help me grow as a person. I’ve met amazing people that have helped contribute to my success.

    What has Early College done for you?
    PSJA Early College has given me the opportunity to advance in my education. It has also given me the college experience and the ability to complete an Associate Degree at a high school level. As a result of this, Early College has opened new opportunities that will help me succeed in life. My parents were never given the opportunity to attend college because they had to work to support themselves. Being a first generation college student has exposed me to new concepts and has made education my number one priority.

    What would you say to your PSJA Family?
    I would like to thank Maria Duran, Diana Ybanez, Vasthi Rodriguez, Sahak Sandragorsian, Juan Monrreal, Maria Guillen, Elisa Tijerina, Tony Garza, Marisela Zepeda, Virna Bazan and the entire T-STEM staff for all their support and guidance. These amazing people have played an important role in my life. Without them I would not be where I am today.  Words are cannot describe how much I appreciate my PSJA family, they have made me the person I am today.

    What would be your message for underclassmen?
    My advice for the underclassmen is to work hard in order to achieve higher goals and never back down from a new challenge. Another thing is to take the time get to know your teachers/professors because they can be your guide to a successful future. Lastly, always remain humble and help others who need it.