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THE TOP 10 LOS LUNAS High School senior graduates are, in front, from left, Aubrianna Kinghorn, Anna Herrera, Leandra Trujillo, Sarahi Boyso and Hannah Torres; middle, from left, Cortney Reed, Melissa Gamez and Sam Martin; in back, from left, Mariah Gallegos and Jordan Ulibarri-Sanchez.

Top LLHS seniors inspired by families
By Deborah Fox
News-Bulletin Staff Writer

Los Lunas The top 10 Los Lunas High School seniors attribute their academic success to strong family support and their parents’ involvement. It motivated them to make their parents proud. A couple of the students come from families where everyone attended good colleges, and they want to follow in their footsteps. Other students received their encouragement in families without higher education. “I’m the first generation of my family that’s actually going to go to college,” said Sarahi Boyso. “So, even being here is an honor. It just makes me want to strive to be a better person.” Her ambition is to become a pediatric cardiologist,

eventually working in Brazil. It might be a surprise to learn that these A students have not been without insecurities and fears. They had to work at building self-confidence by venturing outside their comfort zones to try a sport, some type of art, a class, or by participating in a school club. “It’s OK to fail,” said senior Anna Herrera. “If you’re not good at it, oh well. At least you tried.” Live by no regrets, seems to be their motto. Hannah Torres had never been a cheerleader before high school, but she went for it anyway. “When I first tried out, I was so scared, because I didn’t know anything,” Torres said. “I’m like really uncoordinated, and I was really clumsy, but I got on the team, and honestly, I’ve been on for three years now ... It helps just to go for something. You don’t know where it can lead you, and it can lead you to success.” She plans to be a plastic surgeon and anesthesiologist. Affirming you can do it, then going for it, propelled

them to where they are now. They were involved in sports, the National Honor Society, student council, school clubs and community service. They built networks of friends as serious about school as they were who support them academically and encourage their secret dreams. “You should strive for what you want to do and what makes you happy, rather than just trying to please everybody else,” said Herrera. “Because at the end of the day, it’s just you.” High school may look like an eternity to incoming freshman students, but the years pass quickly, the seniors said. They stress that making the most of those years is for their own future. “Make goals each year, because if you don’t make goals, you don’t strive for anything,” said Leandra Trujillo, a budding journalist. “If you find a really good

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Seniors: Getting ready to graduate
sity to study geology, but his first commitment is to go on mission to Japan for his church. The seniors said it’s never too soon to start looking for colleges and taking practice runs at the entry exams. The more the tests are taken, the better the chances of improving your score. They praised Leith Borden, the advanced placement English teacher, who helped with essay writing essential for winning scholarships. Competition with his older brother may have spurred Jordan Ulibarri, but his desire for a career he enjoys is what keeps him going. Doing what you love to do fosters the passion to go the extra mile, he said. “You want to do the best you can.” He’s enrolled to study aerospace mechanical engineering. “What’s the point in doing something you hate?” Kinghorn asks. “And if it’s just for the money, you’re heart’s not into it.” Once a week, Cortney Reed has been tutoring an elementary-age girl in math class, and Reed also helps her calculus classmates. This has given her satisfaction and a sense of achievement beyond herself, as well as inspired her decision to be a math teacher. For Mariah Gallegos, becoming a physical therapist is important to her. “I have a disabled sister who wasn’t suppose to live past the age of 13 or be able to walk,” Gallegos said. “Physical therapy helped her to learn to walk with support, and helped me through all my running injuries, so I want to give back what people have given to me.” For senior Melissa Gamez, having a doctor for a father got her interested in medicine. She wants to study pharmacology, and join the Air Force as an officer. “I don’t want to jump right into it and not be fully prepared,” Gamez said. “I want to start college first.” Another flock of Los Lunas High School fledglings are about to take flight into the larger world. “Every day counts,” said Torres. “Yesterday, I got stuff from my college about dorms and stuff, and I thought, ‘Wow, it’s really hitting me that I’m graduating.’”

elective that you enjoy, it motivates you more for school.” Talking to someone when you feel you’re in over your head was very important to Sarahi Boyso, who was overwhelmed by an advanced physics course. “I was stressing about it,” Boyso said. “It was really helpful to talk to my mom.” Her mother called the principal who talked to Boyso’s teacher. “He believed in me that I could make it,” she said. “And I passed that class with an A.” Boyso beams. Never be afraid to ask for help, said Aubrianna Kinghorn. “Don’t be afraid to ask during lunch, before school, after school — go get help.” Helping people, especially children, is Kinghorn’s passion. She’s not sure what she’ll major in at college yet, but she’s excited to start school next fall at Brigham Young University, she said. “There’s probably other kids who are having the same problem,” said Sam Martin, state winner of Google’s sixth annual Doodle 4 Google art competition. “If you ask, you’ll probably help others, too.” Martin plans to attend the same univer-

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Cheers to you, Class of 2013! We’re proud of you, and we wish you all the best as you pursue your goals for the future. May all of your hopes and dreams come true.

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