Top 10 Spotlight: Reading Carries Priscila Lopez to Success

Top 10 Spotlight: Reading is Priscila Lopez' Passion
Posted on 05/21/2014
This is the image for the news article titled Top 10 Spotlight: Reading is Priscila Lopez' PassionWhen Priscila Lopez was in elementary school, she did not have the luxury other students had about reading books in English.

She came to the United States from Mexico in the third grade, and was enrolled in the English as a Second Language program at Los Fresnos Elementary, the first of two elementary schools she attended.

Priscila has come a long way from the ESL program to the fourth-ranked student in the Los Fresnos High School Class of 2014.

"I was in the ESL program, and just trying to improve my English in elementary school," she said. "Even when I went to Resaca Middle School, I was in the ESL program. It wasn't until I exited the program in the eighth grade that I was allowed to take Pre-AP (Advanced Placement) classes."

Priscila made the most of her opportunity. She read, and read, and read English and studying was her priority.

"When I was at Los Fresnos United at the end of ninth grade, I was told that I was the number five ranked student. That was not expected."

Priscila, was has not made a B in any class since middle school, was "just doing my work, and doing my best. I never thought that my best was going to get me in the top five students without me knowing."

For a student who knew little English in elementary school, she surprised her mother as well.

"My mom never expected us to be the highest students in our classes academically," Priscila said. "It was quite a surprise for her that I stayed within the top five students during my sophomore year, and that I could keep it up every year."

Priscila attributes her success to a dedication and her passion: reading.

"I really love reading – that's one of the things that helped me learn English quickly in elementary school since I lived in a household that spoke all Spanish," she said. "Books were the key for me wishing to become a better person, better student. As I read more, I increased my vocabulary of the English language."

At LFHS, she was chosen a 2013 AP Scholar with Honor , a Distinguished Achievement Program future graduate, and a 2014 National Merit Award for High Schools that work. Priscila also has a CPR for the Health Care Provider certification.

She has been offered a position in the University Scholars program at The University of Texas at Brownsville, and will have expenses paid for if she maintains grade point standards while there. She hopes to attain a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and become a nurse.

"I want to work at a hospital, where they need as many hands as possible," Priscila said. "Nurses are critically needed in our area. I want to be able to say that I participated in saving somebody's life."

Her advice for other students: "It's all about time management and prioritizing. You need to find the perfect balance with studying and everything else in your life. If you really want to become a better person, it's never too late. It begins with oneself. If we decide to become better, it's never too late. We can work harder. Yes, it will take extra time and effort. Once you see your potential and once you see the rewards, it's a very great feeling."
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