• April Student of the Month

    Gabriel Fields



    I’m  Cadet Captain Gabriel Fields and my  first year of high school was a mess. I was trying to figure out what I wanted with my life and plans for the future. I found mentors who helped guide me into who I am today.  I love doing Choir and Theater where my teachers who were there and are there now have pushed me to be who I am. My sophomore year was very odd having covid in the middle of it. However, I continued to go beyond my limits because I was confident in myself. During my  junior year. I was remote for most of the year and kept falling behind.  I was fighting to stay passing and once I came back to in person classes  I did so much better.  I met some fantastic instructors who changed my life. I joined the Junior Reserve Officer Training Program (JROTC)  and learned the basics and gained more self-confidence in myself. I did better because the JROTC Instructors held me accountable.

    Then this year, I was able to show my full potential in JROTC.  I received the opportunity to show and display my leadership skills in the program.  I will continue to show my leadership ability and help others do the same. I want  to see our young Cadets grow in their abilities and keep this program the best it can be. I've improved so much since the beginning of high school and  will continue to grow after high school as well. After High School I will  join the United States Marine Corps as a Private First Class. I will be  heading to basic training in August (2022) after Graduation. My plans are to continue on that path for a Long time.

    I truly appreciate how much help I have received on my journey to becoming who I am.

    March Student of the Month

    Jonathan Campos


    Academy of Arts, AV and Communication

    Being a part of Waco high’s CTE department has made a huge impact in my life. The experience and knowledge I have collected will help me pursue a career I enjoy and will be one that  I know can succeed in. My teacher, Mr. Burney has taught me how to think critically and to take the lead in difficult situations. One of my experiences includes an internship where we recorded and published a documentary for one of Creative Waco’s art murals. I will always cherish these memories while I continue to grow.


    February Student of the Month

    Jacob Zuniga


    GWAMA - Welding

    GWAMA has helped me by getting a head start on my career. I have been able to earn a certification under the AWS D1.1 welding code. I have learned a lot about welding and the skills I need to have for a high- paying job. I have gained experience fast because of GWAMA. I am happy to have signed up for the program. I also feel better prepared for college; I know how to fill out my FASA application, what student loans to look for, and to pay attention to interest rates.

    After I graduate, I plan to continue my education. I want to go to Lincoln Tech for their welding program. I want to further my skills and education by working on tougher welding processes. I will continue to work on certifications at GWAMA with the goal of getting pipe-welding certification so that later on I can find a pipe-welding job. Skills pay the bills. 

    February Student of the Month

    February Student of the Month

    Jabari Moore


    Academy of Automotive Technology

    Hi, my name is Jabari Moore.  When I look back at my first year at Waco High School, I was not sure what to think.  I have always liked cars, but now my interest has grown.  I have had some great teachers during the past four years, Mr. Chavez, Mr. Campos, Mr. Daugherty, and Mr. Penney.  Each one has helped prepare me for the future.  Even though the pandemic has made it challenging at times, I am determined more than ever to learn as much as I can about cars. 

    I enrolled in the TSTC Automotive Technology Dual Credit program at Waco High during my junior and senior years.  The TSTC Dual Credit program helps me to start my automotive career sooner by completing the 1st semester while still in high school.  In the beginning, I was nervous about working on cars, but now I feel more comfortable working on cars.  Now I help my dad and uncle work on cars on weekends.

    After I graduate from high school, I plan to continue my automotive education at TSTC in Waco, Texas.  With only three semesters until I complete an Associates’ Degree, I am thinking about continuing my automotive education by enrolling in one of the Manufacture programs at TSTC.  There are three Automotive Manufacture training programs; Dodge/Chrysler, Toyota, and Tesla.  After completing one of those programs, they will guarantee me a job working for one of those companies anywhere in the USA.  I am ready to see what the future holds for me and where my automotive education takes me.   

    January Student of the Month


    Junior Flores-Montalvo


    Academy of Architecture & Construction - GWAMA

    My family has always encouraged me to do well in school in order to have a good future and live life to the fullest. This, along with new opportunities and planning for my future brought me to GWAMA. I am in the Construction Academy learning technical skills, and I am also learning rocketry and math for technical professionals. Outside of school, I have been able to use my technical competence to build projects such as a dog house and part of a house. In my academy, my teacher, Mrs. Novosad, supports me by keeping me on track, making sure I get things completed using skills for future purposes. I have faced some challenges, but I stop myself and think about my future and what would happen if I did things I wasn’t supposed to do because I would end up falling apart instead. Sometimes you just need to stop what you are doing and plan things first before you start anything.

    January Student of the Month


    William Hyde


    Academy of Law and Criminal Justice

    Hi, my name is William Hyde. I have been in the Criminal Justice Academy all 4 years of my high school career, and I have loved every minute of it. When I got to high school, I had to look over the overwhelming choices and reality of choosing that path I might take after high school. I picked the Criminal Justice Academy, not thinking much of it; just classes to get credits to pass, graduate high school, and it also seemed pretty interesting.  After taking each class each year I came to realize that law enforcement and public safety is a huge and reliable field to go into, and the career possibilities are almost endless.  I have not yet decided on what I want to do after high school, but am seriously considering a career in public safety/service.  While in the Criminal Justice Academy, I had some wonderful teachers.  Mr. Lewis and Mr. Baker.  Mr. Lewis was my teacher for Principles of Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security.  All of my other Criminal Justice classes have been with Mr. Baker.

    Mr. Baker has been one of the main reasons for my interest in the law enforcement field. When taking his classes he has not just taught me about law enforcement and the criminal justice field,  but a little about life itself, and I couldn't thank him enough for making a huge impact on my future and life. Mr. Baker has shown me the impact and the good I can do through law enforcement. I have learned that working is not just about making ends meet but what legacy and impact on this world I can make before I am gone. I have learned that a Police Officer’s job is not only writing tickets, and investigating accidents.  They have to be counselors, therapists, mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, medics, clergy and many many more just in an eight-hour shift.

    I am currently taking the Practicum of Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security and am looking forward to what this class has to offer further into the second semester; where we will get to become certified as a Non-Commissioned Security Officer Level 2 and see where I go from there. 

    I feel honored to have been selected as the CTE Student of the Month, and look forward to graduating in May.

    December Student of the Month


    James Johnson


    Academy of Business and Marketing

    I realized that when you're young that your future is only set by you and your decisions, and that no one else can do nothing to affect that. The path that I realized I wanted to take as a young 5th grader was the path of ownership whether that was real estate or owning my own business. I knew I wanted to fall in love with the idea of ownership. I always wanted to run my own business because I felt I had great business and marketing skills that couldn’t be compared with others, I also have great leadership skills with me being able  to lead plenty of my own businesses and also sports teams I play on. 

    In my near future I want to be able to look back on my CTE classes and think that WOW, those years in highschool that I decided to work towards my future by learning business and marketing skills was well worth it. I ultimately wanted to make my life full of me never working a day in my life, and what I meant by this is if you love what you do you’ll never work a day in your life. It wouldn’t be work it would be an enjoyable experience because you love doing your job each and every day. I also wanted to create my own business so I could not only change the life of my family financially, but also change the life of the people around me. Especially people in my future who might not be able to get a job, but could easily get one with me and my business. I want to help improve the people around me and show that if you start young at what you love and you work hard for it with a great amount of preparation you can achieve and do anything you put your mind to. I can vouch for that.

    The academy of business and marketing is a very well recommended program if you're actually trying to go into anything business and finances after high school. This academy gives me the ability to work with inventory and also learn how to calculate ROI after buying a whole bunch of products. The business academy also comes with perks as one of the biggest one I am excited about it that I am able to graduate with a certificate that can help me in many situations in the future. I am blessed to be a waco high lion and with the awesome education and sports programs Waco high will be a place I’ll never forget.

    After I graduate I don’t know exactly what I want for sure but I know no matter what , I am going into some type of business ownership in my lifetime. If and when I go to college I’ll hopefully love to learn and major in real estate and financial business. Also if I get the opportunity to intern at a Fortune 500 hundred business or some type of business I’ll be blessed to experience that. Therefore I want to thank everyone who made this possible for me to be the business student of the month. Without you guys my future wouldn’t be headed the direction it is in. Thank you all and god bless.

    November Student of the Month


    Yadalia Martinez


    Academy of Education and Training

    It’s hard to think about my own personal future, when there's many paths I could take. A path I would love to take is being able to teach. I want to be a teacher because I would love to be in a learning environment and impact children's lives. I always wanted to be a teacher because I have some teachers that I look up to as role models, they were always that extra push I needed to be a better student and they also helped me accomplish goals I set for myself.

    In Thirty years I want to be able to look back at all things I have accomplished, even the small things. I want to have the ability to make a difference in children's learning. I want to be able to have different methods of teaching, so I can teach a child the best way to improve their ability, and there would be easier ways for kids to understand the assignments.

    The Academy of Education and Training can help me prepare for the future in many ways. This program also gives me the opportunity to work with children. It also helps me interact with children. Being a teacher is not about teaching 24/7, it's about helping children grow and give knowledge to students about the real world. A teacher is someone who shapes students into the person they grow to be. I am grateful for the Education and Training course at Waco High to show me effective teaching and training practices.

    After I graduate High school, I would like to attend MCC to get my Bachelor’s degree. While I'm in college I want to be a Teacher's Aid so I can continue my experience with working with kids. I will also have the opportunity to talk to veteran teachers and get their experience in teaching.  I will always remember, I wasn’t born to “Just Teach.” I was born to inspire others, to change people, and to never give up; even when faced with challenges that seem impossible.

    October Students of the Month


    Betzerine Diaz


    Greater Waco Advanced Health Care Academy (GWAHCA)

    Starting high school, I already knew that taking care of people would be my passion. So I decided to head into the medical pathway to become a nurse. I started by taking basic classes during my freshman and sophomore years, which enlightened me with more knowledge about what I want to do in the future. I became more intrigued about taking a bigger step toward my future and talked to my teachers, and they recommended that I join Greater Waco Advanced Health Care Academy (GWAHCA). GWAHCA has helped me so much, in not only deciding what type of nursing specialty I want to pursue, but also it has encouraged me to be helpful and more active in my community. In addition, it has kept me motivated to keep moving forward.

    When I decided that I wanted to be in the healthcare field, I wanted to become a nurse. What type of nurse? I had no clue, but I had always been certain that I want to be a nurse. In middle school, my career choice was not yet clear. Starting high school, I just knew. I got into the right classes, and I had inspiring teachers that led me in the right direction. As soon as I was able to join the ranks of other GWAHCA students, all I could think about was being able to start my journey to a nursing career. Later that summer, I realized that I did not want to be just a CNA but I wanted to be more. Now after looking into it, I have made up my mind about being a surgical nurse.

    This year is my last in high school, and I do not want to waste even a minute doing something that will not contribute to my medical career goals. Last year my head was not in the game 100%, and I became lazy and unmotivated. Family issues, COVID, and many other things happened all in one year. I was not used to so much change, and I feel like I became lax in the most important thing, which was my education. This year I am so excited to be part of more and be more involved. I joined student organizations not only on my home campus, but also at GWAHCA. For example, I joined HOSA, Interact club, and Spanish club. Hosa and Interact club are both new to me. I have never been a part of anything like these organizations. Although it is all new, it will benefit me in the long run by helping out my community, being involved, and meeting new people, which will allow me to practice my communication skills.

    Without my teachers, I would not have all the opportunities that I have now. “Thank you” is not enough for all the effort that my GWAHCA teachers put in last year, in order for me to be successful. Being able to attend GWAHCA is such a huge privilege that some may take for granted. The staff overall create an atmosphere where students are engaged and motivated. In my own experience, my teachers have worked diligently to keep me motivated to graduate and to be successful this year. I still have months of work and dedication to put into it, but I know that GWAHCA will be a positive and supportive influence on the road to success.