Waco ISD announces Class of 2021 valedictorians and salutatorians
University High School’s Karin Rodriguez and Waco High School’s Evelyn Guevara were announced as valedictorians, and University High’s Emily Alvarado and Waco High’s Bonnie Gibson earned salutatorian status.
Rodriguez participates in a number of academic and athletic groups including National Honor Society, the U.S. Department of Education’s Upward Bound program, varsity soccer and cross country. He earned distinctions as an AP Scholar in 2018, an AP Scholar with Honor in 2019, and was named a National Hispanic Recognition Scholar in 2020. Karin earned his associate degree from MCC last month. He is a recipient of a number of scholarships including the UT Austin Cockrell School of Engineering Scholarship. Karin will be attending the University of Texas at Austin and plans to major in civil engineering.
Evelyn Guevara is Waco High’s first female Hispanic valedictorian. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Student Council, WHS Orchestra, Interact Club, the U.S. Department of Education’s Upward Bound program, and Academic UIL. She is a three-time Academic Achiever and recognized for her volunteerism in the Youth Citizenship Awards by Waco Rotary Club. Evelyn earned her associate degree with a perfect 4.0 from MCC last month. She is a recipient of a Dell Scholarship and the Terry Foundation Scholarship. Evelyn will be attending the University of Texas at Austin and plans to major in biochemistry on the pre-med track.
Emily Alvarado is an officer for National Honor Society, a member of student council, three-time Waco ISD Academic Achiever, and a part of the UHS choir. She earned her associate degree from MCC last month. She is a recipient of the Smith-Hudson Scholarship, the Dan and Jean Ruther Scholarship and the Bearkat Grant. She will be attending Sam Houston State University and plans to major in psychology and minor in human services.
Bonnie Gibson participates in the National Honor Society and WHS band. She is a three-time Waco ISD Academic Achiever and an AP Scholar with Distinction. Bonnie is also very involved with her church, Crestview Church of Christ. She has gone on multiple mission trips, including to Croatia, Honduras and Boston. She will be attending Abilene Christian University and plans to major in biology.