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SAISD Graduation: Class of 2019

Meet Our Valedictorians

Class of 2019Meet our valedictorians

SAISD is celebrating its Class of 2019 valedictorians with features every week.

Graduation Classes

We’re celebrating the first graduating classes of Advanced Learning Academy and the Brackenridge Early College High School. Hear from some of the Advanced Learning Academy students now.
ALA Brackenridge HS
Advanced Learning Academy
Valedictorian: Emmanuel Mendez
This year marks the first graduating class from the Advanced Learning Academy at the Fox Tech campus, and Emmanuel Mendez is making history as the class valedictorian. View more.
Brackenridge High School
Valedictorian: Jesus Mancha
As a member of the first Brackenridge High School Early College cohort, Jesus Mancha says he is glad he took the leap to participate in a program that was new to the school when he joined as a freshman in 2015. View more.
Burbank HS Edison HS
Burbank High School
Valedictorian: Cuauhtémoc Arizpe
Cuauhtémoc Arizpe believes that he can contribute most to society by making changes as an engineer. He has a wide range of interests and loves what he calls a ‘revolutionary spirit.’ View more.
Edison High School
Valedictorian: Daisy Escobedo
Daisy Escobedo leads the Mighty Golden Bears marching band on the field as a drum major, the Student Council as the vice president, and the Class of 2019 as the valedictorian. View more.
Fox Tech HS Highlands HS
Fox Tech High School
Valedictorian: Austin Martinez
When it was time for Austin Martinez to decide where she wanted to go to high school, Fox Tech High School rose to the top of her list. She was excited for the opportunity to be a part of the school’s law magnet program. View more.
Highlands High School
Valedictorian: Hiep Tran
Each of Hiep Tran’s three older siblings who graduated before him were in the top 10 of their respective classes, and Hiep is continuing on what could be seen as a family tradition as he was named valedictorian. View more.
Sam Houston HS Jefferson HS
Sam Houston High School
Valedictorian: Camila Hernandez
Through hard work and determination, including taking multiple AP and dual credit classes, Camila Hernandez is graduating early at the age of 16. View more.
Jefferson High School
Valedictorian: Issac Alvarez
In addition to his academics, including three AP courses this semester, Issac Alvarez plays trumpet in Jefferson’s intermediate mariachi band and enjoys gaming. View more.
Lanier HS St Philips ECHS
Lanier High School
Valedictorian: Katrina Gutierrez
Katrina Gutierrez’s passion for helping animals is spurring her on a path to be a veterinarian. After attending SAISD’s Northeast college tour, she decided to attend Smith College in Massachusetts, to study pre-med. View more.
St. Philip's Early College High School
Valedictorian: Izabella Monreal
After seeing a lack of medical professionals who specialize in prosthetics, Izabella Moneral decided to go into the medical field. She will study human biology at The University of Texas at Austin in the fall. View more.
Travis Early College High School
Valedictorian: Graciela Camacho
Graciela Camacho will attend Texas A&M in College Station to study construction science with a minor in horticulture. With all of the college credits she already has earned, she will graduate college in two years and begin her dream of being a business owner. View more.
Young Women's Leadership Academy
Valedictorian: Janelle Arnold
Traditionally researchers aren’t published until they are at least in their 20s or beyond. But budding researcher and scientist Janelle Arnold already has her first publication under her belt, and she hasn’t even graduated high school. View more.