Meet the Class of 2017: Tomorrow’s Future Leaders of America

Jo-Carolyn Goode | 5/19/2017, 8:04 a.m.
After twelve years, 108 months, 3,240 days, are the estimated number of days students attend school before reaching the pinnacle ...

After twelve years, 108 months, 3,240 days, are the estimated number of days students attend school before reaching the pinnacle of their educational career, high school graduation. That pivotal time has come for the class of 2017. It’s time for them to turn their tassel and take the brave steps into the next chapter of their lives. Annually, Houston Style Magazine recognizes the Houston ISD’s African American and Hispanic valedictorians to salute them on their accomplishments. Congrats Class of 2017!

Santos Flores

Austin High School

Upon graduation from high school, Santos Flores will attend Carleton College on a POSSE Scholarship. He is undecided on a major. In high school, Flores’ favorite subject was physics. The honor roll student was a member of the National Honor Society and Christian Catholic Club. He loves playing tennis and video games.

Yemile Bazaldua

Chavez High School

Upon graduation from high school, Yemile Bazaldua will attend Harvard University on a Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship. She will major in biomedical engineering. In high school, Bazaldua’s favorite subjects were calculus and biology. She received several honors including Dean's List, Honor Roll, AP Scholar, AP Scholar with Distinction, Honorable Mention FOR Rice CERCL Essay Contest.

Edna Olvera

East Early College High School

Upon graduation from high school, Edna Olvera will attend Swarthmore College. She obtained several scholarships including the Swarthmore College Scholarship, UT Presidential Scholarship, Texas Tech Presidential Scholarship, and Texas A&M Regents Scholar. She will major in engineering or prelaw/political science and minor in creative writing or anthropology/psychology. In high school, Olvera’s favorite subject was writing college essays, research papers, short stories. She received several honors and also enjoys robotics.

Jed Benedict Eloja

Eastwood Academy

Upon graduation from high school, Jed Benedict Eloja will attend the University of Texas at Austin. He will major in computer science. In high school, Eloja’s favorite subjects were Computer science, statistics, and calculus. He was named an AP Scholar with distinction. He was a member of the Debate Club, CyberPatriots, and National Honor Society. His hobbies include reading, Tetris, and TypeRacer.

Edwin Juarez

Heights High School

Upon graduation from high school, Edwin Juarez will attend Washington University or Claremont McKenna College on Phi Beta Kappa scholarship. He will major in mathematics/economics and minor in psychology. In high school, Juarez’s favorite subjects were math and psychology. The first generation college student participated in Academic Decathlon, EMERGE, UIL Math Club, SAT tutor while in high school.

Uriel Iglesias

Houston MSTC

Upon graduation from high school, Uriel Iglesias will attend The University of Texas at Austin on a UT Longhorn Pre-College Academy Scholarship. He will major in Bilingual General Education. In high school, Iglesias’s favorite subjects were statistics, algebra, and art. The honor roll student is a former Homecoming Prince and Homecoming King. He was named Best Designer of the Robotics team and won Rube Goldberg Competition First Place.

Marquez Irving

Jones Futures Academy

Upon graduation from high school, Marquez Irving will attend Sam Houston State. He will major in business and minor in electricity. In high school, Irving’s favorite subject was English. He already has 30 college credits and was a member of the National Soccer Club. His hobbies are collecting music and playing basketball.