In THS Class of 2017... Trinidad and Guerrero are top graduates

TEAGUE HIGH SCHOOL 2017 graduates taking top honors are (l to r) Monica Guerrero, Salutatorian, and Thalia Trinidad, Valedictorian. These outstanding students have shown their dedication through hard work giving Monica a 4.714 and Thalia a 4.730 grade point average.

Top Teague graduates for the Class of 2017 are Valedictorian, Thalia Trinidad and Salutatorian, Monica Guerrero. With dedication to academics, Miss Trinidad was named top student of her class with a grade point average of 4.730, followed very closely by Miss Guerrero with a grade point average of 4.714.

Thalia Trinidad is the daughter of Ricky and Wendy Trinidad and her siblings are Gabby and Troy Trinidad.

Thalia plans to attend the University of Houston and major in Journalism ? Public Relations. She said, ?I enjoy writing and relating to others.? In fact her hobbies are writing poetry, writing short stories, photography and reading.

?When I was in 8th grade my teacher, Mrs. Black, was speaking in class about Valedictorian and Salutatorian and I thought to myself that?s what I want to be. I set myself a goal to reach, I worked hard making straight A?s and extra curricular activities. I have been in 5.0 classes and did extra events,? said Thalia.

She has been in band and a Drum Major for two years playing the tuba. She has been to state two years out of four. In UIL Thalia excelled in Spelling/Vocabulary for four years, All Region Band with the tuba; Team Ready Writing where she advanced to regional?s. Thalia participated in Debate and Robotics as well as National Honor Society. She is co-editor of the Teague High School paper.

Thalia said, ?I feel liberated knowing that all of my hard work has paid off.? Her advice to underclassmen is to take 5-point classes, never settle for less than an A, and hold yourself to high standards. While in school, Thalia is working at the Teague Dairy Queen.

?I appreciate the intimacy at Teague High School. You are able to know everyone one on one rather than being just a number,? she said.

Salutatorian, Monica Guerrero is the daughter of Martin and Denise Guerrero and her sister is Olivia.

Monica plans to attend Southeastern Community College, in Twin Falls, Idaho, on a volleyball scholarship. She intends to major in Emergency Medical Services/Pre-Med. She is studying to be a surgeon when she is older.

While at Teague High School Monica was involved in Volleyball, Marching and Concert Band, track and field, cheerleading and power lifting. Honors received in high school are Student-Of-The Week, A Honor Roll, an engineering award, volleyball and power lifting MVP.

Monica was also involved in her community when she played her instrument at the Veterans Memorial; she coached may league volleyball team and played her instrument at the nursing home at Christmas.

?I am so blessed to earn the honor of being Salutatorian this year at Teague High School. I would advise underclassmen to stay focused and chase your dreams,? said Monica.

?My favorite teacher is Coach Hardee, my power lifting coach. He pushed me past my limits and made me the athlete I am. He convinced me to play college volleyball,? she said.

When asked what you liked most about your school days, Monica said, ?I appreciate that there was always somebody to catch me when I fell.?

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