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Valedictorian Katia Lizet Montemayor
The 2020 Mission Collegiate High School valedictorian, Katia Montemayor, is the daughter of Arturo and Maria Montemayor. She plans to attend the University of Texas in Austin and study Clinical Psychology.
Montemayor says she hopes to obtain her doctorate degree and someday open her own practice. When asked about what she is looking forward to the most about college Montemayor said she is mainly ready to experience another part of Texas.
While Montemayor will definitely miss her family and Valley life, she is excited about her new endeavors. Her senior year has been an active one and has included: U.I.L. Journalism and National Honor Society, as well as school and church fundraisers.
Her advice for next year’s seniors is to just keep at it and don’t give up. If you are in a bad place, don’t worry, things will get better. Montemayor would like to thank her U.I.L. coach, because she was instrumental in helping her develop her writing skills and ultimately becoming a much stronger writer.
Salutatorian Jennifer Zammir Amador Gonzalez
Mission Collegiate High School has named Jennifer Zammir Amador Gonzalez as the Class 2020 salutatorian. She is the daughter of Maria Gonzalez. She will be attending the University of Texas at Austin where she will be seeking a biology degree.
Once she obtains her bachelor’s degree she has plans to return Mission and seek a degree as a Physician Assistant from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Her ultimate goal is to work at a local hospital, but for now her summer plans include getting a summer job.
Gonzalez said that when she was 10 years old, she came from Mexico and didn’t know the language. She got involved with U.I.L., and thanks to her coach was able to qualify for state in U.I.L. Calculators. This is when she knew that her potential could take her to the top of the class.
Gonzalez is looking forward to becoming more independent, meeting new people, networking, and participating in internship opportunities while at the university. The one thing she says that she will miss the most while she is away is the constant reassurance from her mom.
In addition to her studies she has also been involved in extra-curricular activities such as Robotics, National Honor Society, Student Council, South Texas College supplemental instructor and Mission Economic Development Corporation Internship Crew.
Gonzalez has a few words of wisdom for next year’s seniors: it doesn’t really matter where you come from, what matters is the effort that you put in – and the values you abide by are what essentially create the person that you are.
Third-Ranking Student Victoria Molina
Mission Collegiate names Victoria Molina the third-ranking student for the Class of 2020. She is the daughter of Jesus and Irene Molina.
Her plans are to attend the University of Texas at Austin this fall. She is interested in obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and then continue her education to obtain a degree as a Physician Assistant.
Molina’s ultimate goal is to work at Doctors Hospital Renaissance. Her plans for the summer include taking a UT Austin 6-week Chemistry course online.
Molina is excited about starting her life in her new environment, as well as her rigorous and challenging courses. She stated she will definitely miss her family and friends the most, because everyone is so tight knit in the community.
She has been busy this year with her classes as well as extra-curricular activities such as cross country, track, National Honor Society, RHO KAPPA Society, Student Class Vice President, Business Professionals of America, Environmental Class Secretary and Robotics. She has a few words she would like to leave to the 2021 seniors; just keep going, don’t let senioritis get to you and don’t give up.