Raeleen will graduate from Highlands High School with recognition as a member of the National Honor Society. In the fall, she plans to attend Colorado State University, where she will study Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Biology and earn a master’s degree in that field.
Raeleen considers graduating from high school to be her biggest accomplishment, in light of the obstacles and hardships she has faced in the past four years. Helping her to see that she could attend college was the GEAR UP college-readiness program, which provided her with support as well as information about different colleges and programs that helped her to make a decision about what college to attend.
She was a member of the marching and concert bands, Academic Decathlon, Mu Alpha Theta, Varsity Wrestling, Winter-Guard and Voices for Animals. Outside of school, she has volunteered at the Feast of Sharing, as well as for the San Antonio Opera, through the National Honor Society. These experiences gave her an opportunity to meet and interact with new people.
She plans to get her first job this summer and spend as much time as possible with her family and friends before heading to Colorado for college. Along the way, she plans to make a difference in the world by “giving back to the environment and helping to conserve it for all that it has given us.”