Mission High School has named Yazmin Cortez as their Class of 2020 valedictorian. She is the daughter of Vicente and Maria Cortez. Her plans are to attend the University of Texas – Rio Grande Valley and pursue a degree in Engineering. Her ultimate goal is to obtain a doctoral degree in the same field and become a manager at an engineering company. Yazmin would like to get some experience in the business world first and then become a professor at a university. As a UTRGV Merit Scholar, she looks forward to attending college and even more excited that her friends will be attending as well. Yazmin comes from a family of scholars; her brother and a sister were both salutatorians of their class. She says that ever since she was a little girl her teachers gave her the nickname of “Little Roxanne” because both her and her sister had the same teachers. Yazmin states that she always wanted to grow up to be just like her sister and when she set on her path she forged one straight into becoming the Class of 2020 Valedictorian. While in high school Yazmin stayed busy with her studies as well as extra-curricular activities such as; Yearbook co-editor in chief, RGV LEAD- leadership initiative, National Honor Society, and UIL Journalism events.
She leaves next year’s seniors with a few words; don’t stress out on the small assignments and enjoy all the events because you can’t take those things for granted.