Monday, June 24, 2019
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20190521 SA3Top10With high school graduation set for next week, students at Sharyland Advanced Academic Academy took an opportunity to reflect on those who guided them in their studies during the last few years.

That was the scene Tuesday during the Sharyland district’s third Super Achievers’ Banquet, honoring the top 10 students of the Sharyland Advanced Academic Academy.

Earlier this month, the district held banquets for students at Sharyland High School and Sharyland Pioneer High School. Like those events, the top 10 students were awarded a Chromebook for their achievements.

“We are honoring these students for their hard work, dedication and blood, sweat and tears they’ve given to us these last few years,” campus Principal Ivan Karr said. “These students have earned well deserved recognitions.”

Like the previous banquets, students invited one person they credit as their mentor who guided them as a student.
Salutatorian Nayely Cardenas choose her father, Sharyland High School math Teacher Jesus Martin Cardenas, as her mentor.

“All the hard work you’ve done has paid off, you’ve made us so proud as a family,” Jesus told his daughter. “Always remember me as your mentor, counselor, friend and father. I will always be there when you need me.”

Nayely praised her father for mentoring her in school.

“I am blessed to call you my dad,” she told him during her speech. “I am standing here today because my dad encouraged me to join SA3. I decided to trust in him and it’s become one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Throughout my academic career he’s encouraged me so much and helped me by correcting me when I’m wrong, he took care of me and put up with my stubbornness over and over again.”

Nayely also congratulated her fellow classmates on their academic achievements, and for taking advantage of the opportunities SA3 provided its students by offering them a high school diploma and an associate’s degree.

“I am so proud of every single one of our peers here, after many sleepless nights, we are here,” Nayely said. “I am excited to see what the future holds for us.”

Valedictorian Destiny Closner, who picked her 6th grade math Teacher Amrita Lubana as her mentor.

“Her class was one of the most challenging classes I’ve taken,” Closner said. “She was also a fun teacher, the first one who saw my potential and believed in me. If it wasn’t for her, I’d still be a closed off kid struggling to get out of her shell.”

Mentors like the Lubana were ultimately what helped Closner and her classmates succeed academically and be the best version of themselves, Closner said.

“I’m here tonight because of the amazing support I’ve received from teachers, parents and administrators, I owe them all my success,” Closner said. “They have taught me how to learn and grow. Sitting here with my parents and my 6th grade teacher tonight reminded me of that.”

According to Karr, 99 students are graduating from SA3 next week and 86 of them received their associate’s degree from South Texas College last week.

The commencement ceremony for the Sharyland Advanced Academic Academy is set for Friday, May 31 at 6 p.m. in the Palm Valley Church.