Julianna Sandoval Class of 2020 Salutatorian: ready and poised for success
Julianna Sandoval has earned the spot of salutatorian in the Questa High School Class of 2020.
This is a class that has excelled in academics. Earning the second spot from the top is no easy task. As Sandoval makes plans for her future, she talked about the people who have helped her build such a strong foundation.
Sandoval is the youngest of five children, and “born into a loving family.” She described her parents, Vikki and David Sandoval, as “wonderful parents that have always encouraged me to be true to myself, be kind and make the most of every situation.” She is proud of where she grew up and describes it as “a town that was built on faith, family and New Mexican culture.” Sandoval enjoys practicing music, reading, and spending time with friends and family.
When asked what Sandoval thought contributed to her success, she responded, “I’ve been surrounded by so many hard-working and talented people. Having had such positive role models around me, I strove to emulate them. I am also grateful to have teachers that care, believe in and encourage me as a student to make something of myself.”
Sandoval noted that none of this would be possible without a tremendous support system. “It ranges from multiple generations and all their different paths and stories that have contributed to mine.”
Her parents expressed a similar sentiment for their daughter and the honor she has earned. “As parents, words cannot describe the pride and love we feel for our daughter. From an early age, she constantly showed both of us how loving, caring and thoughtful she could be toward everyone. She always strived to do her very best at everything she attempted. Learning always came easy for her. Now that she is preparing to leave home to pursue her future endeavors, we as parents cannot express how very proud of
her we are and how thankful and grateful to God for blessing us with an amazing daughter.”
As for future plans, Sandoval had this to say, “I love where I grew up, but I am so excited to start the next chapter of my life attending UNM in Albuquerque. I will be majoring in management information systems and I hope that with the education that I receive, I will make a difference in people’s lives. To me, success can be measured by the difference you make in the world and in people. I was fortunate to grow up in a small town like Questa where everyone knows everyone else, and it shows in a great way. Because of that, I want to become a positive role model to other people, just like how I was surrounded with good influences when I was younger.”
Class of 2020 Questa High School Grads
Ivy R. Flores
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