HOUSTON -- KHOU 11 News is happy to introduce a brand new feature that will shine a light on some of the positive things happening with public school students across our area.
The ‘Our Future’ series will focus on outstanding young who are making a big difference in their communities.
Our first piece recognizes Sandra Aldavera, a senior at Milby High School.
From Packers wide receiver Donald Driver, to the late state Sen. Mario Gallegos, Milby has turned out some talented people.
Sandra Aldavera is continuing the tradition.
The 17-year-old not only ranks in the top ten percentile of her class, but she’s also a three-sport varsity letterman. Sandra is captain of both the soccer and volleyball teams.
In her spare time, she spearheaded Milby's first-ever faith-based student group. And, there's no rest for the weary on days off.
"Saturday I have a car wash for the National Honor Society, so I have to wake up early," said Sandra.
So even on the weekends it’s either sports, academics or church.
If you wonder where Sandra gets her drive, look no further than her parents. She says she has seen their struggle to make it in this country. Her father is from Mexico and her mother is from Guatemala. Sandra pushes herself every day to honor their sacrifices.
"I went to visit Guatemala actually, and, it's really hard over there,” said Sandra. “They don't get the education we get here. It's a privilege for me to get an education. It just pushes me to do something with my life."
"(She's) the type of student who understands,” said Cody Roberts, Sandra’s teacher. “She needs to focus on what's ahead, what lies ahead in the future. A lot of students are concerned about who tweeted what. And Sandra's like, ‘coach when are you gonna take me to the med center so I can see an orthopedic surgeon work cuz that's what I wanna do.’”
This aspiring doctor, who also makes time for Yearbook, plans to study at UT or A&M next fall.