Join us in celebrating some fantastic graduates from the Class of 2023! Click on the senior to learn more about them. Follow Judson ISD on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram as we celebrate more Seniors and the Class of 2023! As you upload graduation pictures, announcements, or anything graduation related, use the hashtag, #JISDGrad23.
Selma Aguilar and Paul McMillian - Judson High School
Karla Puentes - Veterans Memorial
Down the C wing of Veterans Memorial High School, there is a full fledge cosmetology lab, equipped with all the space, equipment, and supplies needed to compete with the best salons in the community.
It’s where senior Karla Puentes developed all the skills needed to not only pass the state board exam to be a licensed cosmetologist but prepared her to get her first job right after she turns her tassel from left to right.
Ashley Landin - Judson Early College Academy
Billy Braun - Veterans Memorial High School
“I love testing,” said no student ever.
But Veteran Memorial’s Billy Braun thrives on them. Like any scientist or researcher, he sees them as problems that need to be solved - and becomes fixated.
That’s the goal - to become a problem solver, a researcher - when he attends the University of Texas at Austin, dabbling in chemistry, physics, or math.
Juleen Cantu - Wagner High School
There’s no stress like senior stress. Projects, college applications, essays, after-school jobs, and wondering what path life will take after high school. It can be overwhelming.
But Wagner High School senior Juleen Cantu has been handling it well.
As a leader of Wagner High School’s award-winning choir, she has been a servant leader, volunteering her time outside the organization to tutor those in need.
She’s an example of a great Thunderbird.
Adrian Hernandez - Judson Early College Academy
For Judson Early College Academy senior Adrian Hernandez, the plan was to become a structural engineer.
That plan has changed.
Not because he couldn’t be a structural engineer, he already has 14 college acceptance letters and $700,000 available in grants and scholarships. The plan has changed because of life experiences, because of passion, and make no mistake, he is still going to college and he still has big goals and dreams, they just look different now.
Kamsiyochukwu Okoli - Judson Early College Academy
Kamsiyochukwu Okoli. From Nigerian origin, it means, “The Way I Ask God.”
It’s not a common name and she’s not a common girl. Kami, as her friends and teachers call her, is the salutatorian of the JECA Class of 2023!
“I didn’t think I would make it there. I was just doing my thing - turning in my work, trying my best. And then I thought, ‘oh, I made it.’” Okoli said.