2020’s Top 10 Q&A

The top questions asked and answers given by this year’s top ten

Aya Kasim, Staff Writer

Each year, with each graduating class, a Top 10 is announced and celebrated. The students with the highest grades and academic achievement are ranked by GPA and rewarded for their work. But, how can ranking and GPA justly embody the full student? What can be found beyond the numbers? How do these students differ and relate? And, what can we expect from them in the years to come? These questions, answered:

 

Alexandra Schott

 

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Alexandra Schott

Q. What motivated you throughout high school?

A. My desire to do everything to the best of my abilities.

 

Q. What are your goals for the future?

A. To major in engineering. I’m not sure where it will take me. My main goal right now is to enjoy what I do.

 

Q. How does it feel to be in the top 10?

A. I feel proud and accomplished.

 

Q. What has been the greatest challenge you’ve faced in the last four years?

A. Time management. I found myself making time for my studies. 

 

Q. What advice would you give underclassmen and up coming freshman?

A. Work hard. It does not matter how smart you are, hard work will get you pretty far.

 

Dietrich Campos

 

Dietrich Campos

Q. What motivated you throughout high school?

A. Keeping as many doors open as possible.

 

 Q. What are your goals for the future?

A. I’m thinking about becoming a bible teacher. But, wherever life takes me.

 

Q. How does it feel to be in the top 10?

A. Ah, what’s a word that describes the top 10%? It feels good. It has not always been a goal, but it feels good. 

 

Q. What has been the greatest challenge you’ve faced in the last four years?

A. Prioritizing my time. 

 

Q. What advice would you give underclassmen and up coming freshman?

 A. Figure out what you care about and act on that. Sometimes, it’s not all about getting good grades.

 

Sophia Arguelles

 

Sophia Arguelles

 Q. What motivated you throughout high school?

A. Mainly being kind of competitive, knowing I’m capable, motivated me to try harder.

 

Q. What are your goals for the future?

 A. Going to art school and trying to get scholarships to The Savannah College of Art and Design.

 

Q.How does it feel to be in the top 10?

A. It feels good. I’m proud of myself for being able to maintain it.

 

Q. What has been the greatest challenge you’ve faced in the last four years?

A. Not giving up, because it does get hard if you take advanced classes.

 

Q. What advice would you give underclassmen and up coming freshman?

A. Your first years of high school do make a difference.

 

Agatha Martinez

 

Agatha Martinez

Q. What motivated you throughout high school?

A. Helping my family. They have been a big part of my life and done a lot. I want to help them in return.

 

Q. What are your goals for the future?

A. Go to college, join the ROTC program, become a commissioned officer in the Air Force, and work my way up to med school.

 

 Q. How does it feel to be in the top 10?

A. Rewarding. My hard work has paid off and I am being recognized for it.

 

Q. What has been the greatest challenge you’ve faced in the last four years?

A. Balancing everything. It’s been a challenge on personal growth and managing time. 

 

Q. What advice would you give underclassmen and up coming freshman?

A. If you have the time to go out and hang out with friends, you can make time to work.

 

Olivia Garza

 

Olivia Garza

Q.What motivated you throughout high school?

A. My parents. They have always encouraged me to do my best.

 

Q. What are your goals for the future?

A. To graduate from A & M with a degree in Agricultural communications and journalism.

 

Q. How does it feel to be in the top 10?

A. It feels good to know that what I’ve been working hard the past four years and it’s paid off. Now, I can relax.

 

Q. What has been the greatest challenge you’ve faced in the last four years?

A. I’ve always had trouble managing stress. I always let school get to me.

 

Q. What advice would you give underclassmen and up coming freshman?

A. Every grade matters. It’s easier to start off ahead than to catch up later. And, don’t be scared to ask for help.

 

Camryn Haynes Aelvot

 

Camryn Haynes Aelvot

Q. What motivated you throughout high school?

A. Mainly my parents. I try to make them happy.

 

Q. What are your goals for the future?

A. Be happy while doing whatever I want to do. I want to be a sports nutritionist. 

 

Q. How does it feel to be in the top 10?

A. Normal, I guess. Accomplished.

 

Q. What has been the greatest challenge you’ve faced in the last four years?

A. Managing extracurriculars and school work.

 

Q. What advice would you give underclassmen and up coming freshman?

A. Always have your goals in mind.

 

Tyler Oberhauser

 

Tyler Oberhauser

Q. What motivated you throughout high school?

A. GPA. I feel like I want to succeed. It will affect the rest of my life, so I figured it’s at least a little important.

 

Q. What are your goals for the future?

A. I don’t want to get bored in life. I want to do something I enjoy doing, something I’m passionate about. 

 

 Q. How does it feel to be in the top 10?

A. Rewarding.

 

Q. What has been the greatest challenge you’ve faced in the last four years?

A. Keeping motivated and trying. 

 

Q. What advice would you give underclassmen and up coming freshman?

A. Enjoy it while it lasts. It only gets harder.

 

Kathryn Tondre

 

Kathryn Tondre

Q. What motivated you throughout high school?

A. Hoping to be in the top 10.

 

Q. What are your goals for the future?

A. Go to college and get a degree in communications and become a book editor.

 

Q. How does it feel to be in the top 10?

A. Pretty good. It’s not the most important thing, but it’s a nice acknowledgement of my hard work.

 

Q. What has been the greatest challenge you’ve faced in the last four years?

A. Making friends. Talking and socializing.

 

Q. What advice would you give underclassmen and up coming freshman?

A. Work hard, and it’s only four years; that’s not a very long time.

 

Kayla Masters

 

Kayla Masters

Q. What motivated you throughout high school?

A. Being successful enough to get into a good college and have a good career.

 

Q. What are your goals for the future?

A. Graduate college with a degree in business and get a high-paying job that I enjoy.

 

Q. How does it feel to be in the top 10?

A. Accomplished. 

 

Q. What has been the greatest challenge you’ve faced in the last four years?

A. Deciding what I want to do. When I joined BBA, I took accounting and enjoyed it a lot. It’s something I see myself doing.

 

Q. What advice would you give underclassmen and up coming freshman?

A.  Try your hardest on everything you turn in. Definitely study. Don’t wing it.

 

Garrison Garza

 

Garrison Garza

 Q. What motivated you throughout high school?

A. I would like to get into a good college and so it’s important to work hard here.

 

Q. What are your goals for the future?

A. Get a degree in Biology and become a doctor.

 

Q. How does it feel to be in the top 10?

A. Very honored and happy that my hard work paid off.

 

 Q. What has been the greatest challenge you’ve faced in the last four years?

A. Doing work when you don’t want to.

 

Q. What advice would you give underclassmen and up coming freshman?

A. Stick with it and don’t procrastinate. That’s the best advice I could give you. 

 

Medina Valley congratulates another group of dedicated students. The effort, time, and commitment they put into their studies not only rewards them now, but will continue to as they are propelled into the great future.