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  • 2001672

    Hello My name is Roberto Bravo and I am a Journalism Student for Jimmy Carter Early College High School. As a student I like to have a competitive spirt which I add this trait towards my work, as a Journalist I seek out topics that I view intresting such as Current Events around the globe. The news stories I plan to publish are not your ordinary everyday news I plan to seek out intresting and sometimes unheard of stories you haven't seen other Journalist.

  • 2005398

    Hello, my name is Michelle Sepulveda and I am currently 16 years old. I was born and raise in Mission TX. My family is compose of 5 members and I am the youngest of two sisters. I am attending Jimmy Carter Early College High School at La Joya. The career that I am pursuing is criminal defense attorney. A skill or talent that I have is dancing.

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  • Abraham Perez

    My name is Abraham Perez. I'm a freshman, and some of my hobbies are playing drums, playing basketball, listening to music, skateboarding, drawing, being with my beautiful one of a kind girlfriend, playing with my dogs, and being outside. I am writer for the Red Gold News paper.

  • Abril M.

    <span style="font-weight: 400">Everything has a beginning and a finish point; a rule of life that never seems to end. They have names, of course, we know them as life and death. Humans and every other living organism take such cycle and as for me, well, I am not different. A cell, that was my beginning or the point where my existence was marked in the world. I was a morphosis that gradually took form as a human being. The city of Mexico was my birth place in December of the year two-thousand although I don’t have any memories of such a place, I hope one day I can actually visit my  beautiful city, so I may be able to learn from where I can from and know the real roots of my culture. Mother gave the named me “Abril” or April that’s what some people call me at least. My naming has no special reason, however it derives from the latin word Aprillis with a significance referring “to open.” Something about the meaning peaks my interest, it makes me want to own my name proud and high, to become something like my name( open to different ideas and opportunities). To blossom, to grow in life, almost like a lush spring. Life is too short for me, as I am young I don’t have the greatest story or the most interesting life, believe me, nor do I know where my life will lead me. I have goals but not straight ones, I don’t know if one day I’ll reach them, or the turns and curves of my life but for now its alright, sooner or later I will find out. Ambitions are fulfilling but I never had one, maybe what I seek is not ambition but understanding. </span>

  • Abril Sanchez-Perez

  • Adamaris O.

    This is Adamris Ochoa, a junior in Jimmy Carter. She partakes in UIL, Leos club, and volunteers under Carter Care. She is part of the Avprod class which lets her produce a variety of content for her school. Adamaris loves to help others out when it is needed, but will not hesitate to ask when she needs help as well. She loves her family and enjoys spending the weekends relaxing with them. Her friends are part of the reasons she likes to come to school besides learning. She likes to hang out with her friends and do many different activities that will benefit all of them.

  • Adilene V.

    Adilene Vasquez, also known as Ash, is a sophomore at Jimmy Carter High School. A few of her interests include looking at pictures of penguins, making different crochet crafts for her cat and reading Nicholas Sparks novels. A main goal of hers is to graduate from Harvard with a law degree and possibly even a PhD in political science. Her favourite colors are green and pastel purple.

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  • Alexia E.

    Being a highschool student has its ups and downs, but most important you get to meet new people and new teachers that will forever change your life.  Some high school courses that changed her life are journalism and speech. In journalism she has learned many things. For example, How to write articles, how to take pictures and how to interview people.Speech class was on of her favorite classes her freshman year. She learned how to talk in front of crowds and just regular people without being all red and shy. Also she learned how to give a speech in less than 3 minutes.  Some teachers that affected her learning experience was Mrs.Gonzalez, Mrs.Queen, Mrs.Bangsalud, And Mr.Silva. Starting with Mrs.Gonzalez she was her freshman english I teacher. Learned a lot in her class. She had a good bond with her that i miss her class. Next is Mrs.Queen, my algebra I teacher. She made math fun and interesting to learn. She would always fail her test but when the STAR test came  past that test with flying colors. She was amazed. Then we have Mrs.bangsalud,My avid teacher. She is one of those where you can say anything to her and she would give you good advice. She is is one of the very few people that she counted on. The final one is Mr.Silva, she was amazed by his attitude , the way he teaches an is not afraid to be bold and straight up. He gives really good advice also. She  love learning and thanks to these teachers she enjoyed it even more.  Many of us are tired of school and done with learning but when it comes to these subjects she could learn it and memorize it over and over again. One of her favorite subjects is US history! It's her favorite. She knows mostly everything from George washington to the present day. All the amendments, Constitution, court laws anything , and if she is wrong she would learn it again. Another subject that she  enjoy learning is english. She loves to read and write and makeup stories and explain certain things.   Challenges and accomplishments it's something each of us have. We put  goals on ourselves to see what we are capable of. For instance , some of her challenges are to pass the  english TSI. She hasn't been able to pass it since her freshman year. She just has a lot of difficult, But she  has passed all my classes, she has never flunked any classes and she passed all her star test.   Being in class that you hate the subject is the most boring thing in the world. For example her academic weakness is MATH. She hates the subject not the teacher the subject, She has never been good with numbers but if they  would talk about history class she would be answering questions adding information to the things the teacher said. She loves everything about US history.    Highschool , students don't find extra curricular activities that interesting. They say they have other important things to do (party) but don't realize it's important to be involve. She loves to volunteer at the nursing homes because she loves to see peoples faces just glow with happiness. Hopefully in November, She will start to volunteer at the juvenile detention center. This will help with her resume.  Many latino families don't have that many members graduate from school and go to college. Her family has been with her since the beginning and pressuring her to become someone in life. Her family want for her to have a better future than they did. She is the first born so that means she will be the first graduate from college. She wants to go to college because she want to make her family proud and the career she wants to pursue requires and education.    People have goals , small goals others have Big goals , she is a person that dreams big and wants big. Her education goals are getting all of her degrees like her Associates, Bachelor's, Masters, and docteres. She wants to die knowing she accomplished everything she needed to do and make her family proud.  When she was a child she dreamed of being a teacher then as she was growing up she learned that their was more than just teaching. She is not you typical girl , she wants to become a supreme court judge, then become I know it's going to sound funny but I know she will accomplish this , she wants to become the president of the united states. She want to be able to make america great, and do what these past presidents couldn't do.     By giving back to the community , she would help her fellow immigrants struggling to get their green card. She would be able to help anybody in need. By going to college and graduating would help her accomplish her academic plans.     The most valuable thing in her life is her family , freedom and education. She values her family a lot because they're the only people that are going to be their for her. Her freedom , well most of the people around the world judge you for being a women and wanting to have an education. She is privilege to have a free education, free food,and free transportation. When in other countries this is not provided , We are lucky.   Her future is bright and big. She will accomplish everything and become someone in this life. Expect big from her and she will be the future female president of the united states.

  • Alondra Zapata

    I'm a freshman at Jimmy Carter I love makeup and spending time with my friends.

  • Amry L.

    They were born March 1st, 2003 around 8:30 in the morning. They would’ve been born earlier if there was even a doctor ready for their birth. Though it makes them think what if they had been born earlier? Would they have been different? When they were around two, there came their sister. They despised their sister extremely, to the point that they refused to acknowledge them as their sister, and would never let their sister play with their toys. Though they did love their step father at the time. He wasn’t narcissistic, but gentle and funny. He always carried them wherever. He was a strong tall black six foot man. Though it was up until he was placed in jail for plenty of charges relating to domestic abuse that their trust in people is zero to none, though that isn’t the major factor of them losing trust for others. Moreover a factor into tens of hundreds of things that have happened to them. They spent the first years of their life so poor, that their mom wasn’t able to eat. They distinctly remember being around 6 or 7, possibly Pre-K or Kindergarten. They were sitting in a chair, eating what was a little meal that was maybe 97 cents. It was enough and they were happy. Then they remember looking up and seeing their mom look so tired. Like she hadn’t eaten in so long, they never looked anywhere else than down so looking in front of themselves was a new thing. It broke something in them that still makes them cry to this day, they still cry every time they remember her face. They were so confused and they asked her if she wanted some. She told them no and they would later watch as she ate the scraps of what they hadn’t eaten. It sounds like the start of a sad boring story about how a person managed to get out of that red, sad area before becoming the person they are today. Well sort of, they don’t know yet because they don’t even know the end of their own story. They went through plenty worse that they can’t even bare to mention without spending another ten minutes crying. They remember making their family happy with the little jokes they cracked. The family would smile faintly, a small curve of their lips as they looked at them. They guess that triggered them into taking up learning how to be a comedian, though not exactly in that manner. For a good portion of their life they were bullied over their skin color, gender, sexual orientation, and amongst other things that were out of their control. They remember being made fun of in elementary school over not having a dad, then slowly for being so white that they would never be accepted as hispanic or latina and looking like a ‘girl and boy.’ They were ridiculed over what they later learned was being androgynous, as well as their weight was a new point bullies went out of their way to make fun of. Then they came into Domingo Trevino Middle School only to be bullied everyday for ‘looking gay.’ They spent a good portion of their life more severely depressed than they are now. They couldn’t sit anywhere without kids pointing out their weight or looks. They felt relieved when they were moved into classes with all the kids who were considered smart. Those kids didn’t bully them at all and actually understood them. To think that it was all because they got fed up and went to get their schedule changed early in 7th grade. A simple schedule change caused them to meet their best friends. They met Crystal who is in Jimmy Carter High School with them too. Alongside five others, but mainly Emiliano and Ryan, who they thank for stopping the bullies from bullying them any further. Through there was an instance that they regret not telling their friends, which was in 8th grade. A guy who had regularly bullied them before had managed to catch them alone and beat them up. They had bruises on their arms mostly from trying to defend themselves. They have never told their mom either. Now that they’re in high school, there was a huge change. Being a freshman was the worst and was the beginning of their depression making them just feel empty for the first time. They were neither happy nor sad. They were somewhere lost in their emotionless state, smiling when they felt they needed to, due to social cues or crying. Sadness was the only feeling of emotion that struck several times. Though they knew they were having fun they just couldn’t truly feel it in their bones nor in their heart, at least in their toes. Though their body image was slowly changing from bad to better. Sooner into sophomore year they felt some happiness, they had been in the middle for so long that it confused them when they felt happy. They smiled when they felt happy and laughed too. Sure to have fun and suppress any sadness they felt. They loved their courses and loved their friends in the beginning of sophomore year. They felt like smiling and they felt like making others happy. Then of course good things only last so long. Friends of one of the many friend groups they were with made threats to others. Sure enough they did not choose the friend group that made the threats as when called on. Though they didn’t know at the time that that group was making fun of their friends so of course they took that groups word for it. Then it just went from there, people took sides, and plenty took to making jabs at them. “They’re so much better than you.” or “I hate your jokes, you’re so not funny.” Of course it didn’t affect them, but it made them think how those very people who expressed an ounce of kindness towards them. Stopped when the likability or popularity of them dropped. So they stopped trying, and just gave into not caring. Later into the end of the school year they couldn’t even bear to feel anything, They were so emotionally exhausted. Any feeling they just couldn’t feel or express at all. Then came summer, their mom took them to a psychiatrist over a major breakdown they had in the end of sophomore year over what they came to know as a PTSD episode from an extremely traumatic experience in their life, and four other disorders. Though those very disorders don’t make them or dictate their life and explaining their hardships somehow lifted the weight off their shoulders. As a junior in high school, they realize that they have to provide for their family regardless of how unprivileged, or privileged to be here in the United States and to be white passing. They are a real person with hardships that can hold them back, but don’t make them, them.

  • Ana G.

    I am a Junior who likes to spend time with her family and is very competitive. Hopefully one day I get to become one of the greatest architects.

  • Anabelly Ordoñez

  • Andony R.

    Andony Rincon believes that English ll and Algebra ll are the most challenging courses, but they are the most important subjects. Andony believes that the teacher who has most impacted him is Mrs.Garza, who was his 9th-grade teacher, she helped him focus on his class work and going to class every day, she pushed me to do better things. Andony also likes Algebra ll but dislikes Chemistry. Although it was a challenge, it took him 33 times to pass the reading TSI, but he finally passed it with a 353. Andony likes to believe that he is doing good in English ll. He plays soccer whenever he has time, he plays with his school friends every Thursday and Sunday. He wants to go to college because he wants to have a good job in the future. He wishes to graduate from high school with his associate's degree in interdisciplinary studies, go to STC and keep on studying to have a good career. He wants to have a good working career so he could help his community in many things.

  • Andrea G.

  • Andrea G.

    Andrea Gomez is a 17-year-old that attends Jimmy Carter ECHS as a junior. She aims to graduate high school with an Associate of Interdisciplinary Studies and her high school degree. She is part of an academic organization, FBLA, Future Business Leaders of America on the topic of Digital Animation. They appreciate taking pictures during and out-of-school activities making it a delightful hobby.

  • Andrea M.

  • Angela Rodriguez

    Jimmy Carter student, class of 2020.

  • Angelica G.

    I'm a Junior at Jimmy Carter Early College and a publisher for the Red Gold News. I'm currently working with a group of students and staff on a podcast available on any listening platform.

  • Annett Gonzalez

    Annett Gonzalez is a junior at Jimmy Carter Early College High School. She is apart of the National Honor Society, Future Business Leaders of America, and apart of U.I.L. Annett's vision for the Red Gold News is to create entertaining pieces whether it involves podcasting or videography. She also likes to be involved in taking pictures for Spirit Week.

  • Ariana Espinoza

    Hello! I am 16 years old and am a junior at Jimmy Carter ECHS. I'm in National Honor's Society, FBLA, and in U.I.L.

  • Audrey E.

  • Betsabe G.

  • Brandon G.

    Hi, my name is Brandon Gomez I'm 17 years old and a junior at Jimmy Carter Early College High School. I love to watch movies of all genres, play any type of video games, and listen to any kind of music.

  • Brandon V.

    I enjoy sports and staying active whenever I can, as well as playing video games in my spare time. I enjoy learning new things as long as they interest me.

  • Briana Martinez

    I am Briana Martinez and I am a freshman at JCECHS. On my free time I enjoy playing volleyball, and I enjoy reading. I love interacting with others. I am a writer for the Red Gold News paper.

  • Carlos F.

    <span style="font-weight: 400">Hello, my name is Carlos Flores and I'm 17 years old. My fascinated hobby is dancing like a jewellets, silver star and ruby not dancing Folklorico. My other hobby is to be planting plants and water them so they don't die. Whenever I eat I like putting the hot sauce to every food I make or my mom makes me. I considered myself as a crazy acquired friend and student with whoever I hangout. I like to hear any kind of music with the exception of country music I’m not a fan of that kind of music. When it comes to watching movies I like to watch any kind of movie. My favorite food is tortillas with egg, beans, enchiladas with rice. I’m the kind of person that doesn't;t like to go out that much with my family only when it’s for parties I go out. The subjects that I like a lot are math and science. I’m the type of person that always loves to be dancing whenever I can. My strongest fear is to randomly find a spider or snakes anywhere at any time. The most embarrassing thing that has happened to me is going to a store and confusing a customer with a worker from the store. The schools that I have attended are Elodia r Chapa Elementry School, Ann Richards Middle School. The school that I now officially attend is Jimmy Carter Early College High School. I’m the kind of person that is really special with what he is going to eat. I love coming to school every day because you get to learn new things from every different teacher. I have three dogs that are the funniest and most adorable pets I have had in my life.  </span>

  • Carolina Amador

    Carolina Amador is currently a Junior and a First-Generation student at Jimmy Carter ECHS. She is currently working on obtaining her Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice as she wishes to become a U.S Attorney or a Historian. Amador is actively involved across many of the school's organizations including: UIL, One Act Play, Chess Club, Mu Alpha Theta, Future Business Leaders of America, Student Government, Psi Alpha, and National Honors Society. Amador joined journalism in order to expand her writing abilities in hopes of taking them to the next level.

  • Cristian R.


  • Daniela Flores

    Daniela Flores is a 16-year-old, First-Generation student at Jimmy Carter Early College High School located in La Joya, TX. Her main goal is to earn the education that her parents and grandparents wished for her to have, and she is currently a dual-enrollment student at South Texas College working toward completing her Associate's Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies of Criminal Justice. Daniela aspires to become a lawyer and eventually a Supreme Court Justice as one of her role models, Sonia Sotomayor, which is another reason why she wishes for you to elect her to the Supreme Court.. Since she has grown, so has her love for learning which is one of the reasons why she chooses to go to Carter because of all the learning opportunities it provides. While being at Carter, Daniela has become a part of many clubs and organizations: Leo Club, Future Business Leaders of America, UIL Prose &amp; Poetry, Student Council, Battle of the Books/Book club, and National Honor Society.

  • Daniela H.

  • David Vazquez

    My name is David Vazquez, I am fourteen years old and I am a freshman at Jimmy Carter Early College High School. I am a funny person, fun to be with, and I think I would be a very good friend. I am grateful to have family and friends that support me.

  • Deandra Soto

  • Delia Rodriguez

  • Elian M.

    Elian is a Senior at Jimmy Carter Early College High School. He attended this school because his older sibling have all gone to this school. Volleyball, soccer, and baseball are his favorite pastime games to play with his friends. Academically he is naturally smart but still finds some subjects are hard. Going into the medical field are his dreams so he can become a neurosurgeon.

  • Emily A.

    Hello I'm Emily A. My hobbies consist of sketching and playing video games. I like to bake, read, and just in particular listen to music in my free time.

  • Erica S

    Erica Solis believes that when it comes to which of her high school courses are the most beneficial, it is English ll and Algebra ll because they are the most commonly applied to the career she wishes to pursue. Solis believes that the teacher that has most impacted her academic journey was Mrs. Kaz, who was her eighth-grade history teacher; she helped and pushed her to go farther than she thought was possible. Erica also enjoys History but strongly dislikes Science. Although it was a challenge, she has accomplished becoming a good LD Debater and even won a ninth-grade district tournament. Erica likes to believe that she does very well in writing and reading. She does U.I.L for LD Debate, FBLA, and the Leo’s Club. Solis decided to start college early because of her desire for a head start on her degree and Mrs. Kaz motivated her to apply. She hopes to leave high school with her associate's degree in Criminal Justice, be accepted into UT Austin and go with her undergraduates in Pre-Law, and then apply to Law School. Solis wishes to start as a Criminal Defence Attorney and work her way up to a District Attorney. She wants to do this because one day she wants to be defending people from her community in the courtroom.

  • Erik De La Rosa

    Comic books, laptop, Xbox, and trading card games this is all he needs in a normal day. Being a senior means he is exhausted of school activities that take up his class time or off periods.

  • Francisca O.

    Francisca is a 16-year-old, working towards earning her Associate's Degree in Criminal Justice. She is a part of AV Production/Journalism with Mr.Silva. She participates in UIL Journalism and Math.

  • Genesis Salinas

  • Itza R.

    Itza Dayanara Rodriguez is a sixteen year old born on June 18, 2003 at the Mission Regional Hospital. She considers her upbringing more influenced by her Mexican roots rather than her American ones. At a very young age she was interested in dance and everything related to it, so at the age of three, her parents decided to enroll her in ballet and gymnastics lessons. Since her family was constantly financially struggling at the time, her parents had to take her out of her dance lessons, but made her attend head start a few months later. By the time Itza entered Patricio Perez Elementary she was pretty fluent in spanish so she was moved to an all English class, in which she had to learn the basics of English in just two days in order to start first grade. In the second grade, her parents had become financially stable and Itza moved into a new home. At the age of ten, she experienced the first death of a loved one. Her grandfather passed away the day she went to visit him and she griefed his death for a really long time. It changed her view on what it means to be alive and gave her the inspiration for her future career. Itza attended Ann Richards Middle School, during the sixth grade she was interested in playing the cello but starting seventh she decided to follow her passion for dance and join the drill team. Throughout middle school she was in various UIL activities and in one particular competition held at Jimmy Carter made her interested in going to the early college. Being at Jimmy Carter Early College made a future college education more accessible and allowed her to start her career path early. Freshman year became a new experience for Itza since she began taking college classes, and these were way more rigorous than any of her previous classes. After a year of dealing with phobic anxiety problems she turned to playing the guitar and used music as a way to calm herself during panic attacks. Using dance and music to distract her she was able to control the panic attacks. The first semester of sophomore year went by pretty rough for her but the second semester was much worse. In the second semester she started struggling with her body image and just wanting to fit into the stereotypes built by society and that created a lot of stress. College classes had become more demanding towards the end of the year and her stress wasn't getting any better. To top it all off around this time she separated from her life long best friend over some dumb highschool drama. Now starting junior year Itza wants to focus on loving herself and doing well academically. She plans to raise her college and highschool GPA before the year finishes and get high performing scores in her ACT’s in order to apply for her dream college. She wants to study in a korean university abroad, Seoul National University the number one medical school in that country. All while learning the culture and meeting new and different people to expand her view on the world. Itza wants to obtain a masters in Pediatric Oncology and move back to the valley to build a clinic for cancer patients focusing on kids, she decided to pursue this career due to her grandfather's lung cancer. The clinic will help cure immigrant kids who otherwise would have to seperate from their parents in order to be treated at a hospital upstate or in Mexico. Itza also wants to better herself as a person and become more confident in how she looks and is. She wants to be able to raise her self esteem without relying on anyone else's opinion or approval to accept herself. There is definitely many goals that she wishes to accomplish but feels that it is never clear where life will be taking her, but she hopes that with her hard work she is able to achieve her dreams.

  • Jaelinne Benavidez

    Hello my name is Jaelinne i am currently a Junior at JCECHS. I am a very social and athletic person. I also like unicorns.

  • Jared M.

    Jared Mora is a junior at Jimmy Carter High School. He is a member of TAFE. Jared is a part of an AV Production class where he can produce content to inform the students and staff. Jared has a love for helping others and wants to inform the community.

  • Jorge J.

    <span style="font-weight: 400">His name  is Jorge Jimenez and he was born on the 16th of September, 2002 in Mission, Texas. His parents are Maricruz Ayala and Hilario Jimenez and he has three siblings, which are Lance, Hilario and Sonia. All three of them are older than he is, which makes him the youngest in his household. </span> <span style="font-weight: 400">Like many kids his age, he has gone through the basics of education. He attended his first two years at Seguin Elementary School and finished the rest of my years at Emiliano Zapata Elementary School. When he passed on to 6th grade, his family decided that he would attend Domingo Trevino Middle School for the next three years of his life. He is currently in his junior year of high school and attends Jimmy Carter Early College High School. After he finishes high school, he hopes to go to college and get a degree in the medical field, such a degree will help him become a coroner.</span> <span style="font-weight: 400">Like all living creatures, his life revolves around things that entertain his mind. Many dreams come and go, but setting a goal for oneself is sure to keep them grounded.</span>

  • Jorge Treviño

  • Joselin S.

  • Joselyn L.

    I'm a former Junior student. I enjoy being part of U.I.L and Tafe. I will be graduating high school with an associate's degree. I am working on my Criminal Justice degree. I enjoy watching Netflix and playing videogames in my free time.

  • Julissa B.

    This is Julissa Barrientos , shes 16 years and shes a junior at Jimmy Carter Early College. One of her biggest dreams in life is to show her parents and prove that even thought she passed through tough barriers when she was young, she can show that she has accomplished her academic goals. Julissa is an individual, caring, and loving girl who likes to help people and whom wants to make her parents proud.

  • Kaitlin Moreira

  • Karyme S.

    Hello my name is Karyme. I am a junior; I currently work at Whataburger. If anyone wants to go visit. I am also in spelling and prose for UIL. My hobbies include painting which is more of a de-stress and playing piano even if I am not good at it.

  • Kenia M

    <span style="font-weight: 400">Kenia Martinez </span> <span style="font-weight: 400">Journalism </span> <span style="font-weight: 400">August 19 , 2019 </span> <span style="font-weight: 400">Kenia Martinez </span> <span style="font-weight: 400">““When it rains look for rainbows , when it’s dark look for stars.” That is one of My favorite quotes because I feel like it explains me to its full extend. I’m the type of person who always tries to see the best either in someone or in a situation. Even though that wasn’t always my motive.” Kenia Martinez was born on october 25, 2002. Her mother was pregnant when she crossed over from Mexico to try and seek for a better life for her sister and Her so she came to the United states. From the point that she was born her parents separated. Her biological father ran off back to Mexico leaving her mother to see for herself and her daughters. Her mother worked hard every single day in any job she could attain to try and provide for Kenia and her sister. After two years of them being in this country her mother met a man who became their stepfather who automatically became their father. She was so young when her mother decided to start a life with this man that the only paternal image She has is of him. It amazed her to see how someone can love and take as his own two girls that weren't even his, Someone that in a short period of time could love those who aren't even his blood. Through the years her family was absolutely amazing. They lived in a large piece of land that soon turned into a small version of a ranch. Kenia grew up graining pieces of corn to give to the chickens. While giving all waste of food to the pigs out in the back. While learning to go out and walk and run with the dogs. When She was six, her mother started going to a church that was right around the corner. They went to every service and soon christianity became a part of  their lives. To the point where this religion became more than that and became a lifestyle. This lifestyle soon brought problems to her parents. It turned to such an immense issue between them that when She was ten they seperated. Thankfully throughout the years her parents had been building a house at a different piece of land and that's where her mother took her sister and her. It was a very rough time in her life. Her biological father had already left her and She was okay with that because at the time this other man came and took his spot. Not only did he take his place but he did an incredible job at it and now he was leaving too. Her heart was broken. Moving in to the new house was harder than the thought of her ten year old self had imagined. This place to her was a “house” not a home. As She walked in and saw how there was no walls in this place all there was there where sheets hanging from the ceiling to separate the rooms from each other. The circumstances that they were living in was something She had never expected. She never thought that all they would have to eat would be eggs and beans. She never thought that during the winter they would have no warmth at their own home. She never thought that every shower was going to be with cold water because they didn’t have enough money to buy a boiler. Even though life on their own was hard she was grateful for everything that her mother did to support them. To give them the essential things that they needed every single day. During this time They also started attending a different school which was also a huge transition for Kenia. She moved to a complete different district where things ran very different than they did at her old school. She felt lost. Eventually She adapted to all the new things that came into her life. She made friends and focused in school. She was very grateful for the people who came into her life at those circumstances. She is especially very thankful for a boy named michael. This little kid came into her life and gave her the support She needed at those times. Her self esteem was so much healthier because of him that at the end of her 5th grade year at school her poem got inserted into this competition and it actually won. She now has that poem published in a book that contains all the other poems from across the district that also won. Sadly, She never got to thank michael for being her shoulder so many times. He became her best friend and the one person She enjoyed attending school for. After a couple months went by her mother started dating this man she met at church. She asked her daughters if they were okay with her dating this man and her sister automatically said yes and Kenia didn’t understand why her sister  would be okay with her mother dating this man that they didn’t even know. She didn’t want to allow another male into her mother’s life because it had just been months since her father had left them but She knew how much her mother had been hurting. She had heard all the times her mother cried before she fell asleep so even though She didn’t want this man in her life She accepted him because She wanted to see her mother happy again. She eventually gave in and accepted her mother's decision to start dating this man. By this point She was also about to start middle school which also meant starting all over again because all the 5th graders were separated into different middle schools which meant that She had to let go of those friends She had just made. To add on to that weight She sadly didn’t learn to separate her personal problems with her education. A couple months later her mother confessed to her sister and Her that she was pregnant. Her emotions where all over the place. Part of her felt joyful because She was going to have another sibling but the other part felt angry and disappointed. Her 11 year old self was still holding on to the last strand of hope that her parents were going to reconcile and that everything was going to go back to normal. She believed that She was going to see her dad again, and that She was going to go back to feeding the animals, that She was going to go back and see her old friends once again. She just stood there and stared at her mother as she gave them the news of the baby that was coming along the way. At the moment She didn’t realize that She had done this but looking back at it now She sees how She let all her frustration out in school. As she started her six grade year her personality started shaping into someone She wasn't from the start of the school She started hanging out with the wrong crowd. Hanging out with this new group of people influenced her to start acting in a way that made her so immature and selfish. She started talking back to all her teachers, while skipping class all the time, She started to destroy school property just for “fun”. She started getting in fights with people and starting drama with everyone She could because of the anger that She carried inside her. It got to the point where as a six grader she accepted to try and smoke weed. she didn’t realize that throughout her break out she was making her mother suffer. Her mother was the one getting calls from school all the time. She was the one having to pick kenia up from school every time they suspended her. Kenia now regrets taking the wrong path at that time in her life because by doing so she took a step that lead her to rush so many events in her life. After a whole year of misbehaving and acting out the school decided to expel her. she says that what hurt her the most in that moment was seeing the disappointment in her mother every time she looked at her. Everything changed when she moved to her new school. she decided she wanted something different for herself. she wanted to start over. she no longer wanted to be known as the little girl who didn’t have her feet on the ground or the disappointment of a daughter title she had gained for herself. At this new school from the start she tried to focus on the good things. To her surprise the school that she started attending also belonged the boy who had helped her through her hard times. she was so happy when she found out that michael attended this school. Looking back to it she says that maybe was selfish with michael. He was someone that she didn't want to lose so to try and prevent that she always holded on so tight to him to the point where she was hurting him. she never realized that she was the hold back to him becoming the best version of himself. Shortly after being in the school she joined sports. At this school and like many others to be allowed to play you have to pass all your classes so this was the push she needed to concentrate on her classes and start using all the potential that she had left stored inside herself. her grades soon went up and she started succeeding a lot in sports. The success was so good that her 8th grade year the girls soccer team made it to district! Since she started to get better she learned to heal. Through healing she was able to forgive her mother for what she thought she had done to her. When in reality her mother never did anything wrong. Now she has a beautiful younger sister. The days where everything is going wrong, she is the one to bring a smile to her face. Not only that but she now also has an adorable baby brother. She feels blessed for the family she has and she also feels blessed for what she went through because it helped her grow up and see things from a completely different view. Now she has an amazing relationship with her mother's husband. Not only that but she now belongs to Jimmy Carter Early College High School. her sophomore year the school became recognized as a national blue ribbon school. The blue ribbon award is giving to those schools who over all become graded and their average grading comes out to be an A. her school had a dinner for all the teachers to give them thanks for all their hard work and dedication. She was invited as a student to speak and be able to thank every single one of my teachers. she also joined a sports tournament that takes places in her school and the girls volleyball team made it to the finals! she’s currently a junior trying to amend many mistakes that she has done by trying to show others that she is better than the thought they have of her. Surprisingly michael and her still attend the same school. Sadly the relationship between him and her is no longer there. He became someone who she simply smiles at the hallway and every now and then exchanges a couple of words with or even a text message. A part of her is still very hurt for losing his friendship but at the end of the day she smiles because her best friend became an amazing person. she’s currently trying to be wiser in the way she acts and the decisions she makes. she’s also focusing all her energy on her education. she’s decided that she’s going to make her mother's hard work and suffering be worth something. “Remember to always find the best of your days , see the beauty in the bad moments , and value everything in your life.”</span>

  • Laura C.

    As a child, there’s only so much one can do. We have no choice but to accept that we are never in control of what’s happening; in fact, many of us were too naïve to ever even think of the possibility in which we are in control. Throughout these years, she never really knew what or how things worked, within her childhood, all she did get to know was nothing more than her very own feelings and emotions. Her parents are very kind and driven individuals. They both share a deep passion for work because it was implemented at a very young age. As far as she can remember, she too grew fond of it and soon after the age of four played the -at the time super cool- role of a promoter at a family business they owned at a local flea market. Because of this workaholic-like structure, her family as a whole became stressed. This and many more “adult” topics arose a series of altercations between her parents. Of course, for young, little Laura, this meant to distract her little brother with blasting music meanwhile she cried at a corner where he wouldn’t notice. Throughout her early years of school, she had been the main target for a cheap laugh. Anything you can possibly think of, she’s pretty sure she has been called before. After that, she had no more room in her brain to think of anything other than these incidents all together. It felt as if every step she took was out of place. As she grew older, she learned that the anguish and disgust felt within herself were very much validated and were far from wrong. Up until the medial part of last school year was she granted the opportunity to share her story as a whole, along with other problems, for the very first time. It was through her former English teacher that she entered the first step of recovery. Although this newfound path ensured success, she was filled with this sense of uncertainty and fear of neglect. This became the problem when diagnosing her with Mild Depressive Disorder and continued until she forced herself into a hospital for the fear of her own actions. After her discharge, she became quieter about her feelings because it felt as though they either did not matter or were always misunderstood.  Later then she received monthly therapy and was visited twice a month by a social worker in order to learn coping mechanisms and really heal. Her parents too were educated about what was going on and helped her in whatever way possible. It was until then that she took this blindfold, that she had created herself, off and really looked at the bigger picture. There were all these people gathered that love and care for her deeply. The misunderstanding was all of her own, and this helped take a major part in helping overcome that fear and take time for herself this past summer break. She knew then that her life was worth living because of all these reasons. She is worthy of living because she’s been independent since such a young age. She is worthy of living because being bullied created confidence in loving herself. She is worthy of living because she chose to rise above “scary” or “crazy” words like Mental Disorders. All of this makes her so much more worthy of living, and she hopes others can find their reasons too.

  • Leann L.

    Leann Lopez is a 16 year old Junior enrolled in Jimmy Carter Early College High School. Leann is the daughter of Ruby and Jacinto Lopez. She has three siblings, one older sister Kristian, a younger sister Marla, and a little brother Jacinto. Leann takes an agriculture class her first period at Palmview High School, which she is the current Palmview FFA Vice President for the year. She has served as an officer for the past 3 years since her freshman year as Reporter, and her sophomore year as chapter President. Leann as well was recently newly appointed as the Citrus Valley District FFA Secretary and chapter Vice-President. She competes in various competitions throughout the year with FFA and show pigs, this year she plans to take on a new challenge and will be showing a heifer for the first time. Leann's goal for the year is to prosper this junior year by getting good grades in her classes and doing any means necessary to achieve her goal. Such as studying, taken extra credit, turning in assignments on time, and going to tutoring if needed. 

  • Leeslie H.

  • Leslie

    She is 16 years old, and currently is a junior at Jimmy Carter Early College High School. Her long term goal is to become a veterinarian and earn her PhD in Veterinary Science.  She enjoys drawing, and playing video games in her free time.

  • Leslie P.

    Leslie hopes in graduating with an Associate Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. Mrs. Queen and Mr. Silva have both affected her learning experience positively because they are motivating and make her feel capable. Her favorite subjects are math and physics. The reason she enjoys these subjects is that these subjects allow her to come to an exact answer. In the other hand, she dislikes English because she believes literature should be open for interpretation and often, there isn’t a definite answer. Because she enjoys math and physics, she thinks they are her academic strengths. Leslie participates in UIL Math and Number Sense and is part of FBLA. She wants to attend college to further her education because she wants to be successful financially, to live a happy life and make her parents and herself proud. One of her goals is to obtain a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. Achieving her goal means that she’ll be able to give back to the people in need. Something that is important to her is her education, as well as kindness.

  • Luis A

    My name is Luis Aguilar currently a junior, I plan to graduate with an associate degree in education and plan to attend Belmont University to obtain my bachelor’s in Music Education. I'm the president of my Texas Association of Future Educators in my school chapter and for region one in addition to working on getting a state officer position in March. I’m also a National Honor Society member, and a musician. I currently work at my local H-E-B as a Customer Service Assistant. In my free time, I like to sit down and remix music, compose original music, and love to hear country music.

  • Maidelyn Perales

  • Mariana Castillo

    Mariana Castillo is a junior in many extracurricular activities such as TAFE, FBLA, UIL, NHS, the Chess Club, Psi-Alpha, Student Government, and Mu-Alpha-Theta. She has won awards such as the journalism Gold Key in Region-at-Large South Writing under the Scholastic Art and Writing awards. She is also in the dual enrollment program to complete her Criminal Justice Associate's degree. Castillo is following the law path as she aspires to soon become a Supreme Court justice. She hopes to become a great leader to help her community.

  • Marissa L.

    <span style="font-weight: 400">Marissa Llamas is currently a junior at Jimmy Carter Early College High School. She is in extracurricular activities such as UIL, The National Honor Society and the Texas Association of Future Educators. She has been doing UIL Academics ever since her freshman year and is currently in Mathematics and Number Sense. When she first joined UIL Math, she was shocked to see how she was the only freshman on the team. Last year as a sophomore, she went to the TMSCA competition for UIL Math in San Antonio. This year she was promoted as captain for her UIL Math Team. Her academic goals include to pass all her classes, to hopefully receive internships during the summer, and she plans to lead her Math team straight to regionals in San Antonio. She values how with a little determination, a touch of drive, and with true diligence anything is possible. </span>

  • Matthew Garza

    Matthew Garza is a student at Jimmy Carter Early College High School as well as a member of the National Honor Society at the school. Matthew was born on June 27th, 2003 in McAllen, Texas and was raised and currently lives in La Joya, Texas. Matthew was originally enrolled at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic School. Matthew took an interest in history and in the fourth grade was admitted in the National Elementary Honor Society and later the National Junior Honor Society in the sixth grade. After the school closed down due to lack of funding, Matthew was then enrolled at Lorenzo de Zavala Middle School for eighth grade. After this Matthew was then enrolled at Jimmy Carter and joined the National Honor Society. Matthew’s achievements include the aforementioned memberships in the National Honor Society, being certified in Microsoft Word, Word Expert, and Microsoft Excel. Matthew is also consistently in the A/B Honor Roll, with a few exceptions. Matthew’s goals are to have a career as a History Professor as well as have a doctorate in the field. 

  • Mayra F.

  • Melidy M.

    My name is Melidy Aide Matamoros. I was born and raised in Mission Tx. I am 17 years old and I am in 11th grade. I attend Jimmy Carter Early College High school, and my career choice is Psychology.

  • Michael D.

    I was born on December 3rd, 2003 in McAllen, Texas. My parents are Jose Adan Del Angel and Elizabeth Flores. I was a calm, observant baby who loved being read to. My family always talks about how easy it was to take care of me and that I never gave them any trouble. My first language was Spanish, as I lived with my grandparents for the first half of my life and they only spoke Spanish. My first brother was born when I was four, and my second brother was born when I was thirteen. When I started going to school, my teachers noticed that I knew everything they were teaching me and that I wasn’t learning, so they had me skip the last half of 1st grade and I started the next semester in 2nd grade. Ever since then, I’ve been much younger than the other people in my grade. As I went through elementary, my parents pushed me to be a good student and always try my best. I met friends in elementary that I am still close with now, I am grateful for them. When I entered Memorial Middle School, my parents were a little more lenient with me and as a result, my grades dropped a little, but I was happier and less stressed. I still had the competitive fire that drove me in elementary, but it would only show itself occasionally. Middle school was my transition from an introverted nerd to an open, easygoing person who could carry a conversation with anyone. I didn’t take my education too serious, only because everything was still easy for me at the time, my ego started growing and growing, until the advanced classes I was placed in gave me a much-needed dose of reality. I found that I was terrible at math, and still am to this day. I began trying harder in my classes because I realized I didn’t know everything. When Mr. Bernal came to recruit kids for Jimmy Carter, I realized that this was my opportunity to take my education to the next level by taking advantage of all the benefits that an early college offers. I applied, and luckily got accepted, and I am grateful for everything that I have learned and all the wonderful people that I have met here. I look forward to finishing high school and graduating with my associate's degree.

  • Nessly G.

    <span style="font-weight: 400">Experiencing how to be self-aware on actions, patience, and how everything will be stressful but the hard work will be worth it. An associate will come from all the hard work.</span><span style="font-weight: 400">English is a strength on it's a comprehension of the native language and the improvements it needs to guide us in the real world. Reading a book is a great way to unlock imagination; it helps with vocabulary and buildup from remembrance.</span><span style="font-weight: 400">Babysitting children ages 7 and under helps with communication with parents and learning their different lifestyles. Track is a stress reliever for school and other self-problem.</span><span style="font-weight: 400">Wanting to come to college helps me develop academic performances; showing the high limits and be capable of anything. A nurse called Jackie Garcia was an inspiration as she graduated from STC with her degree in medicine.No teacher has affected anything; learning is more important than not concentrating on the subject. Acknowledging their behavior will be a life lesson on how everyone will bring good and bad but at the end of the day, everything will be worth it on how to be patient.</span><span style="font-weight: 400">Math is stressful not getting the problems right and asking for help from the teacher ending with no help, asking for help from a classmate. Reading and History is a good subject by learning the strategies of the world; the history, establishment, and the rights of the people. </span>

  • Randy M.

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  • Ruby G.

    Ruby Garcia likes going to school to learn new things. She likes to helping people in any way she can. She enjoys taking photographs of people having fun and learning new things. Ruby enjoys posting pictures and writing stories. She enjoys spending time with her friends. She likes to paint on her free time and finds criminal cases interesting to watch. She likes to cook and try new things. Although Ruby does not like sports, she likes to learn how to play for fun. Ruby likes to shop and enjoys wasting money.

  • Samantha Cabrera

    Samantha Cabrera, a 17-year-old, attends Jimmy Carter Early College High School as a Junior. She is currently in the process of gaining her Associates Degree of Interdisciplinary Studies of Science to follow her advocation of working in the medical field. Most of her hobbies consist of photography, as she earned a National Geographic Certificate for #GenGeo Storytelling for Impact, along with a Professional Communication Certificate during her Freshman year. To follow, she is also part of the student organization, Future Business Leaders of America, and Secretary of the Junior Class. Sam adores to live her life to the fullest and makes her goals her top priority.

  • Samantha Ramos

  • Sanchez Alexandro

    Hello, my name is Alexandro Sanchez.I was born on April 28, 2002. I am a sophomore at jcechs.My favorite color is blue. My hobbies are playing the tuba, being with my girlfriend, and playing my Xbox.

  • Sebastian M.

  • Sergio C.

    My name is Sergio Cantu Jr I was born in august 11, 2003 in McAllen and started to live with my grandmother since my dad needed to save up money to make a house; My mom (Liza Cantu) was very young at the time she had me she was around 15 to 16 years old and my father (Sergio Cantu) was 21. I can't really remember much besides that I loved to watch hot wheels and play video games when I was very young and I very fondly remember always hanging out with my favorite uncle. He was like a role model to me, if it wasn't for him I wouldn't love the things I love today; like he showed me this music group that i used to always jam to and introduced me to video games as well, His name is Anibal Cantu. He would always say "When I grow up, I'm going to dress you up." I tried living my life like him ever since we were kids, he is 5 years older than I am, but that didn;t stop us from always doing stuff together he even used to do my homework for me in elementary just to play with me. Back when I was small, I used to be really smart and actually cared about school, but once I went into middle school I had lost most of my ambition to even care for school. Once I had gotten better internet I was able to play video games in my Freshman year of highschool, and that gave me something to do since school wasn't something I really valued. It also helped me have something left of my uncle since when I was 13 this game called Rainbow Six Siege was blowing up and I visited him and he was playing it and ever since then I still play the game because I absolutely love it and it reminds me of my uncle. For the past couple of years, also known as my highschool years it has been a blur I've had friends that I have lost as well as relationships that didn’t work out and things I have done that I regret, but now that I am a junior I can finally try in school as I have matured over the last two years of high school. I feel like a different person and my goal is to do good in all of my college classes.

  • Sergio Saturno

  • Shantel

    Hi my name is Briza Hernandez.

  • Sol Garcia

    Garcia is a lover of words, writing and reading them. She's junior class vice-president, a member of National Honor Society, and a member of the Book Club. She's a firm believer in justice for everyone and has a strong love for dogs.

  • Susan S.

    <span style="font-weight: 400">As her Mother turned 33, Susan’s mom was stuck celebrating this huge day at the hospital as she had her. Not usual for us Hispanics to celebrate birthdays there, we normally do a huge barbecue-party.. but then and there, that had to do. Her family carried her around like a trophy, noting that she had blue eyes, everyone wanted to see them for themselves. So much for blue eyes, her eyes ended up being green. Four years later, her parents decided they made a mistake having a girl, too complicated to deal with her, she supposes, knowing they couldn't go back in time, they decided to go ahead and have a baby boy. “My two siblings are and have always been my soul, I would do anything for them,” she says. Throughout her “kid days,'' she says, everyday seemed to pass by like a flash, a blur. Before she knew it, she was 5 years old attending Perez Elementary, wishing she could take Bunny God (She used to think God was a white life-size bunny with a big beard) to Show and Tell,  and prove to everyone he exists. Being five brought many revelations to her and her imagination, but especially, separated her from her best friend. Due to the lack of security in the neighborhood, she had to leave. The last memory she had of her engraved in her mind was her holding her mom’s hand while they walked to the office to sign her out. Susan being naive, she still came over to her house to ask for her but no good news. She even tried telling herself she was probably on a long trip, and she fell for it every time, so she kept asking everyday. “How couldn’t I? I sang all my made up songs with her, I did my first cartwheel with her, which at the time was only me crouching and moving my arms to another direction. I had to keep insisting...but… one day I just gave up.” She said. She made new friends, and she moved on. Little did she know that six years later, as she attended Ann Richards Middle School, she would come back. They picked it up where they left off, and they continued being best friends; she became her go-to person as Susan had conflicts.  As Susan entered high school though, she says she could feel all the pieces of advice that her best friend had ever given her about life, fall down on her as she experienced her own teenage moments. She didn’t warn Susan about it, maybe cause she couldn’t, they were going through the same. From being bullied, to heartbreaks, to any other little thing that affected Susan emotionally, she felt it all. Sophomore year, she says, was the year she made a decision. She went through such a mental-turmoil, she couldn’t focus. Until one day… she had to tell herself “They’re just bad days, and if bad exists, that means good does, too. You need to focus on your career path; becoming a teacher. Teach every student what you wish you knew when you were their age. Teach people that there is such thing as ‘teachers who care’ and that’ll be me. Ever since, the days that pass by have been pleasant. Something to hold onto as I continue this journey called Life, especially if I want to be an example to others.” </span>

  • Valerie S

  • Vanessa Verdin

    Junior at JCECHS, add me in snap its_vanessa3 &lt;3 Was brought to this world in November 4th, 2000, Team Scorpio. I like myself and donuts.

  • Victor Rodriguez

    Victor Rodriguez is a sophomore student at Jimmy Carter Early College Highschool. He attended this school because he did not want to go to a big school. Basketball, soccer, and football are his favorite pastime games to play with his friends. Academically he is naturally smart but still finds some subjects hard. Being a Real estate investor is the job he wants.

  • Victor S.

    <span style="font-weight: 400">Victor Saldivar is currently a junior at Jimmy Carter Early College High School. Born and raised in the Rio Grande Valley, he was always a part of La Joya ISD. Victor was born in McAllen, Tx, but moved to live in Sullivan City where he attended Sam Fordyce Elementary School. On the verge of starting his fifth grade year, Saldivar moved to Mission, Texas where he joined Diaz Villarreal Elementary school and Domingo Trevino Middle School soon after. As a current student at Jimmy Carter he aspires to take advantage of the many opportunities he receives as a Redwolf. He looks forward to graduating High School with an Associates Degree to fulfill his dream of becoming a Doctor.</span>

  • Winston G.

    Winston Garza is a junior at JCECHS, President of the Junior Class, looking to major in Criminal Justice, and a very social/outgoing person overall. Along with being a proud former member of the UIL Debate team, Winston is also in the UIL Persuasive Reading team.

  • Yajaira R.

  • Yuliana Robles

    <span style="font-weight: 400">Yuliana Robles a current senior in JCECHS, part of the class of 2020. Hopes to graduate with part of her associates in her high school year. Her major is social work, wants to pursue a career that helps her make a change in the world. She always sets goals that are suitable for her. One of her goals is to become a personal trainer. In her free time, she always uses it to maintain a healthy lifestyle. One of the things she has always believed in is, health always comes first. She is not the best writer, but she has the idea of being a great one. In her writing, she always makes sure to write about other people's feelings. She is simply the type of person who likes to put herself in other people's shoes and discuss their emotions. Hence, the reason as to why she wants to become a social worker. She wants to ensure that every single person feels safe in their residence an environment. The quote she will forever stand for is  </span><b>“</b><b>Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”(</b><b>Mahatma Gandhi) </b><span style="font-weight: 400">Ms. Robles has always been her quiet self, but when it's the moment to defend her beliefs, she goes out of her way for other people to understand her views. Furthermore, since she was 15, she has always gone with her family to work in the fields. At this point, she believes that everyone should realize that working in the fields is an honorable job. </span>

  • Yuridia N.

    paragraph in third person passionate in evolved in my goals

  • Yuritza L.