McAllen ISD staff honors valedictorians and salutatorians with surprise home visit
McAllen Independent School District Superintendent Dr. J. A. Gonzalez and staff honored this year's valedictorians and salutatorians with a surprise visit to their homes on Thursday.
It started with a knock on their door; school staff, friends, family, and their superintendent congratulated them on their academic achievements.
Finishing first or second in your class is not an easy thing to do, especially during a pandemic.
"It was definitely a tough year for all of us," Nikki Rowe High School Valedictorian Deyanira Rodriguez said.
After losing her father last summer, Rodriguez said it was a matter of perseverance, regardless of how tough the year was.
"When that happened, I think it was definitely a moment where it made me realize either sink or swim," she said. "In that sense, it pushed me to carry on and finish the school year like I did."