Class of 2020: Questa

Questa valedictorian pushes her limits to accomplishment

by Sara Martinez
Posted 6/3/20

Isabelle Rael prioritizes family, community service and excellence

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Class of 2020: Questa

Questa valedictorian pushes her limits to accomplishment


Isabelle Rael prioritizes family, community service and excellence

Isabelle Rael is a hard-working, community-focused, multitalented student. Now Rael can add class of 2020 valedictorian to her list of accomplishments.

Not only did she excel in her studies at Questa High School, but she will also leave her high school career having earned an associate degree from University of New Mexico-Taos in liberal arts. Rael has always been driven and focused in all areas of her life.

A product of small-town values, Rael said that she enjoys the simple things in life, and spending time with her family. The first child of Michael Jr. and Annette Rael, she describes herself as independent and determined.

Like so many successful people, she won’t quit until the job is done and pushes her limits in order to accomplish her goals. During her school years, she was involved in sports – volleyball, basketball and soccer, as well as extracurricular activities – including mariachi and drama, and was a Non-Violence Works youth mentor.

Rael was in the National Honor Society and National Junior Honor Society since seventh grade and on Principal’s Roll through her whole school career. Not only did Rael work hard at school, she also found time to work after school and in the summer. She has completed countless volunteer hours in the community helping her church and many other community ventures.

Throughout high school, Rael used every opportunity to help her school and achieve more than was expected. In the hopes of being more informed about the challenges facing public schools, she participated in the 2018 New Mexico Public Education Department’s Student Leader Network. She currently serves as class president, which she has held for several years and has also been the class representative and treasurer.

Rael recognizes that having supportive people around her is what helped her along the way. She acknowledges, “I couldn’t thank my family enough for everything they have helped me with throughout the years. They have been my rock through everything. I am also very thankful for my friends and teachers at Questa High School. Without them,
I wouldn’t be where I am today.”

Her teachers, family, friends and community members would agree that she is the type of person who gives so much of herself to others, that the feelings are mutual. Her parents had this to say about her, “We are beyond proud of Isabelle! She puts all her hard work and effort into helping others. Once she sets her mind to something, she goes above and beyond to achieve her goals. Isabelle, always remember to take pride in how far you have come and have faith in how far you can go. We love you.”

In the fall of 2020, Rael will move to Las Vegas, New Mexico, to attend New Mexico Highlands University to pursue a degree in social work. She said, “Helping those in need has always been my passion. I want to help change the lives of young children, giving them an opportunity to follow their dreams. In the future, this may be a way that I could give back to our community.”

Class of 2020 Questa High School Grads

Marissa Abeyta
Clarissa Arellano
Joesyra Bailon
Anjelica Chavez
Christina Cisneros
Raven Cisneros
Gabrielle Danis
Ivy R. Flores
Ellisa Garcia
Carlos Gonzales
Gabriel Hernandez
Brandon LaCome
Daniel Martinez
Janae Martinez
John Martinez
Sonia Martinez
Rebecca Medina
Amber Ortega
Arianna Ortega
Kiana Passino
George Rael
Isabelle Rael
Emily RedBear
Ethan Rivera
Malachi Romero
Julianna Sandoval



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