Robstown High School celebrated it's 2016 graduation commencement on Saturday at the Richard M. Borchard Regional Fairgrounds in Robstown. More than 160 students were in red cap and gown in anticipation of moving on to beginning the next chapter of their lives. Several Robstown administration members wore caps and gowns reflecting their own academic achievements including Superintendent Dr. Maria Vidaurri.
Valedictorian Leila Cortez reminisced about all of the years that she spent as a student in all of the schools she attended in Robstown. Among some of her treasured memories in her speech are being a part of the band and the FFA “Pig Crew.” Cortez also congratulated some of the people in her class that she felt had accomplished amazing things during their four years at Robstown High School.
Salutatorian Joshua Trevino chose to speak of his hope that his fellow classmates choose to live life to the absolute fullest. Trevino encouraged the rest of the seniors to find what they were passionate about and chasing it no matter what obstacles life may throw at them.
Through their speeches, Trevino and Cortez also made sure to thank all of the individuals that helped them get to where they are hope for the continued success of themselves and the rest of their classmates.
Before Trevino and Cortez made their speeches, Dr. Sarah Medina gave a keynote address to the students about the importance of persistence. Medina, a 2002 Robstown High School graduate is now a practicing dentist in the Portland area, but stated that she would not have been a dentist had she not applied twice to dental school. Her message to the 2016 graduating class was to encourage them to never give up on their dreams if they wish to be successful.