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SAISD Graduation: Class of 2018

Meet Our Valedictorians

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Read our stories and watch the videos on our Class of 2018 valedictorians.

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SAISD is celebrating its Class of 2018 valedictorians with features every week. In addition, we’re highlighting the first graduating class of St. Philip’s Early College High School - listen to their podcast!

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Graduation 2018Meet our valedictorians

Brackenridge HS Burbank HS
Brackenridge HS
Valedictorian: Juan Reyes Jr.
College: Texas A&M
Dream job: Engineer
As captain of Brackenridge's award-winning drumline, Reyes has the drive and passion to break down any walls put in his way as he pursues his goal of studying mechanical engineering at Texas A&M University. View more.
Burbank HS
Valedictorian: Yliana Beck
College: Dartmouth College
Dream job: Neuroscientist
In addition to maintaining a more than perfect GPA of 104.3, this compassionate, Ivy League-bound senior finds time to volunteer with a number of local non-profit organizations and an orphanage in Morales, Mexico. View more.
Edison HS Fox Tech HS
Edison HS
Valedictorian:Tarik Islam
College: Rice University
Dream job: Cardiothoracic surgeon
As president of his class, this soccer-playing, National Honor Society member knew he wanted the coveted number one position the day he stepped foot onto Edison campus his freshman year. His older brother, Mohammad Nabi, was salutatorian of the 2011 graduating class and Tarik Islam credits him, in part, for his valediction status. View more.
Fox Tech HS
Valedictorian: Sierra Gonzales
College: Princeton University
Dream job: Sports management
This student-athlete extraordinaire is headed out of state this fall with a full ride to attend the institution that was at the top of her list: Princeton University. The university is at the top of many students’ lists from across the country: over 30,000 applied last year, with less than 2,000 admitted. View more.
highlands HS Sam Houston HS
Highlands HS
Valedictorian:Kiana Rodriguez
College: Texas A&M
Dream job: Mechanical engineer
This academically-inclined soccer star shines both on and off the field and is ready for the next adventure in her life. View more.
Sam Houston HS
Valedictorian: Victoria Villesca
College: Austin College
Dream job: Elementary school teacher
As the first person in her family to attend college, Victoria Villesca believes anything is possible when she puts her mind to it. View more.
Jefferson HS Lanier HS
Jefferson HS
Valedictorian: Brianna Mitchell
Lanier HS
Valedictorian: Cristian Avalos
St. Philip’s Early College HS
Valedictorian: Mark Pantoja
Travis Early College HS
Valedictorian: Joshua Medina
Young Women’s Leadership Academy
Valedictorian: Maria Conchas