By Melissa McCaghren
Wilson High School’s 12 graduates this year may have been receiving their high school diplomas Saturday morning (May 22) in front of the administration building, but Superintendent JP Portillo said he knew the class was a very special group.
“Today we have a high school senior who already has a college degree. We have a student going to the University of West Texas A&M as a college sophomore,” he said. “We have many others with college credits, and we have six graduates already with their professional HVAC certificate, career ready today.
“You proved me right. It doesn’t matter where you come from, how much you have or don’t have. As long as you have grit, perseverance, you can accomplish whatever you set your mind to prove me, and many of your teachers, right. It can be done, and it can be done right here in Wilson.”
Valedictorian Guadalupe Ochoa Olvera was the college graduate, having crossed the stage the week prior at South Plains College. Portillo said she earned enough scholarships to not only complete her bachelor’s degree, but possibly all her master’s.
Ochoa Olvera thanked everyone for coming and congratulated her fellow classmates. “I’m so proud of all of us. We have all grown so much in our time here at Wilson,” she said. “Some of you were just little kids when you came and some of us were a little older.
“I’ll forever be grateful for all the moments, and although the future is unknown I know that I’ll forever remember all of the incredible moments.”
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