Adrianna Garza is the valedictorian of Palmview High School’s graduating class of 2020.
As the daughter of Alejandro and Esmeralda Garza. She is grateful for her family’s endless support, and the friends, teachers, and counselors who provided guidance and memorable experiences throughout her high school years.
As a student at Palmview High School, Adrianna was greatly invested in her academic pursuits and actively participated in various clubs and organizations such as Mariachi Los Lobos, UIL Mathematics, National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, and the S.T.E.M. Academy.
Her academic merit, leadership skills, and devotion to her community helped Adrianna become a recipient of The Gates Scholarship.
Being a trumpet player for the varsity mariachi since her freshman year led her to experience great opportunities, build pride in her heritage, and create lifelong friendships.
In addition, academic competition has been a constant drive for her as she has been a member of UIL Academics since elementary school. During her junior year, as a Varsity UIL Mathematics member, her team became the 30-5A Region 4 Champions and qualified for the state competition. Being a part of this organization nurtured her passion for mathematics and taught her the value of teamwork. Adrianna is excited to attend her dream school, Rice University in Houston to pursue a Biology major which will serve as the foundation for medical school. She hopes to become a doctor to fulfill her lifelong goal of helping others and serving her community.
Enya Ramirez is Palmview High School’s Salutatorian for the Class of 2020. In addition to graduating with a high school diploma, Enya will also be graduating with an Associate’s Degree in Biology from South Texas College. She plans to pursue a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.
“One of my greatest priorities has always been to help those around me and to give back to my community, and I know that a career in the health care field will grant me endless opportunities to do just so,” Ramirez said.
As the daughter of Karina and Martin Ramirez, Enya attended the Academy of Health Science Professions and STEM which she says contributed so much to her having a work ethic. Through the rigorous courses she has taken, Enya says she has grown to know that hard work and dedication are essential to achieve any goal in life. As a member of multiple organizations such as the Chess Club, the Reading Club and as president of her campus’ National Honor Society and the Green Club, Enya has further developed teamwork and leadership skills she will need to succeed in college.
Without the love and encouragement from family, friends and staff members of her school, Enya says she could not have reached this milestone of graduating high school.
Lazaro Adan Garza will be graduating from Palmview High School’s Class of 2020 as the third-ranked student.
Lazaro plans to attend the University of Texas at Austin in the fall of 2020 to pursue a degree in government then move on to law school shortly after. Lazaro plans to become an attorney in the state of Texas to give back to his community and serve those who most need legal counsel.
“My community has invested so much in me, I feel I must give back,” Lazaro said.
“These last 13 years in the public-school system have taught me so much about what it is to be human. The teachers I have had over the last few years have shown me that life is more than what meets the eye, that the connections we make with people are some of the most valuable aspects of life. It is in these conversations and connections I have made with people that have led me into the world of politics and law.”
Lazaro said he has been able to give back to my community and grow as a leader through the number of organizations he’s been a part of such as CambioTX, National Honor Society, Science National Honor Society, UIL academics, The National Hispanic Institute and more.
“They have shown me that I can give back in many ways and lead,” Lazaro said. “I would like to thank all my family, friends, teachers, and administrators for always supporting me and helping me grow as a student and individual.”