⏺ All A Honor Roll (2019-2023)
⏺ STC President's Honor Roll (2022)
⏺ Student of the Six Weeks (2022)
⏺ Bright Summer Reader (2022)
⏺ Associate of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies (2022)
⏺ National Honor Society Vice-President (2022-2023)
⏺ TASC District 16 Public Relations Officer (2022-2023)
⏺ Yearbook Copyeditor (2022-2023)
⏺ A.R Millionaire (2021-2022)
⏺ RGV Lead Student Ambassador (2020-2023)
When I was younger, it took me a while to start talking, since my parents were the only people I trusted. I could not go anywhere without my parents because I was frightened of everything. At school, the same habits stuck. I did not have many friends and often depended on my teachers. I did not talk in class and tended to stay quiet. I cried often and was terrified to do anything. My anxiety worsened, and I had no way of conveying my troubles. When I started high school, I decided to change things. I had to stop fearing things if I wanted to become a stronger person. I joined the student council, started to speak at school events, sang at church, volunteered, and worked harder academically. If I wanted to gain confidence, I had to believe in myself. My ability to come out of my shell allowed me to find a passion for journalism. I know journalism consists of talking to multiple people, but I’ve learned that if I could break out of my shell, I could do what I set my mind to do. It’s like history; I learned from the past to help do the same thing better in the future. My journey with my anxiety is like a history lesson; I will carry it with me forever.
I have been a part of PSJA ISD since I was in Pre-K, and to say I have been thankful for everything they have offered me would be an understatement. PSJA has allowed me to learn about various fields while participating in different passions. I have tried many extracurriculars, seen professionals at work, and made connections with a remarkable community. Their Early College Program has graciously allowed me to take my basics before college and go straight to the coursework relating to my major. Not only will I get a head start in college, but I can save money for my parents' sake. My parents never got the chance to finish college, so doing it for them means the world to me. I could not have been where I am today without PSJA, and for that, I will never stop giving my complete support.
PSJA Family is just that, a family. This August, I had the opportunity to sing the National Anthem in front of the PSJA Family. Although I was nervous, being surrounded by caring and dedicated PSJA employees gave me the confidence to perform. I had never felt so accepted. I felt part of the family. I want to thank every teacher, counselor, administrator, and friend I have had these past 14 years for everything. You are all a part of me and will be until the end of time. I remember every one of you and the impact you had on my life. I can not wait to show you what I can do because of your help. To Kelly-Pharr Elementary, Liberty Middle School, and Collegiate School of Health Professions, I cannot stress enough how much you all mean to me. I will never stop visiting to recount the precious memories I made with you all, and I hope to make you all proud.