As the valedictorian of the Sharyland High School Class of 2020, Robert Jenzel Freeman has served on multiple organizations and leadership positions. This includes volunteering for his community as part of Operation Smile and serving as chemistry captain for the UIL science team and section leader for the band’s trumpet section.
These organizations and the bonds he formed through them helped him in high school, Freeman said.
“My peers inspired me to push myself further than I originally thought possible,” Freeman said. “I am thankful for all the close friendships and healthy competition I had throughout these years and the amazing instructors I had while at Sharyland High School for the academic lessons and extracurricular activities they led. People like them and my family allowed me the opportunity to grow in a safe and comfortable environment and I cannot thank them enough for it.”
Freeman, son of Robert and Isela Freeman plans to attend MIT in the fall of 2020 to major in computer science and engineering and minor in biomedical engineering.
He credits his freshman English teacher Eloisa Alvarado-Saenz as his mentor.
“Her selflessness and willingness to console her students inspires me to this day,” Freeman said. “I can only hope to become someone with as high of a moral character as her. The lessons she taught me spanned far beyond how to write an English thesis as she taught me how to deal with the stress in life and grow in spite of them.”
Jadon Geathers, son of Andrea and Eliot Geathers, is the salutatorian of the Sharyland High School Class of 2020.
Geathers plans to attend Stanford University as his first step in receiving a Ph.D. in physics. As a student at Sharyland High School, Geathers has been involved in clubs and organizations such as UIL science, band, Operation Smile, the National Honor Society, French Club, and Asian Club. Geathers lists his physics teacher and UIL coordinator Angie Culberson-Espinosa as his mentor.
“The kindness and attention she demonstrated to me and all students created a welcoming environment in which I was able to immerse myself in my studies and appreciate the value of physics through her comprehensive lectures,” Geathers said. “Mrs. Culberson ultimately inspired me to further investigate the field of physics as I attend university.”
Geathers also showed appreciation for his parents, UIL coaches and band directors.
“They and my peers made high school such a memorable, enjoyable, and impactful experience,” Geathers said. “I am also thankful for the myriad of opportunities Sharyland High School presented to me that allowed me to involve myself in such a wide variety of activities and courses on campus.”
Lois Faith Baldado, daughter of Michelle and Villne Baldado, has leadership experience in and out of the classroom.
Baldado has served as secretary of the art club and student council junior class representative. She has also served as a discussion group leader for the Missionaries for Christ Teens retreat.
Baldado plans to attend the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley as part of the Honors College to major in biology and minor in medical humanities before attending medical school.
“I hope to complete residency and fellowship training after medical school as well,” Baldado said. “As of right now, I am still deciding what area of medicine to specialize in, but I am interested in dermatology and allergy specialty and hope to find the area of medicine that best suits my personality and God-given gifts in medical school. My ultimate goal is to become a medical doctor and to serve the local and international community in the future.”
Baldado credits her English teacher Julissa Sanchez as her mentor.
“She has been an extraordinary mentor to me, always stressing the importance of keeping the faith in ourselves and in God,” Baldado said. “Junior year was one of the more difficult years of high school, and being able to have such a wonderful companion in the classroom has granted me the strength to endure the everyday grind.”