Martinez was also accepted into several other schools including Ithaca College in New York were she was awarded $40,000 a year. Choosing to major in communications, Martinez plans on focusing on broadcasting and journalism.
"It has always been something that I am interested in," Martinez said. "I love public speaking and I feel that it is something that needs to be done so that I can help make a difference."
Since the age of the 13, Martinez has been working during the summer with her father at the El Coyote Ranch. Working at the ranch has allowed her to earn a $7,000 scholarship for four years at a school of her choice.
Martinez has also been involved in numerous school activities and has won multiple UIL awards over the years.
She has served as the co-captain of the Premont High School speech and debate team, she is a special distinction triple ruby member of the National Forensic League, a member of the Texas Forensic Association, part of the Texas Forensic Association All-State team, and has participated in One Act plays. Martinez is also an active member of the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals organization.
Some of the awards that Martinez has earned during her senior year alone include placing fifth at UIL state in Cross-examination debate, qualifying for TFA in cross examination debate, and placing seventh in poetry at TFA state. Martinez was also a regional qualifier in prose and was a district champ for two consecutive years in cross-examination debate with a 10-0 record.
"My biggest inspiration has been my parents, my debate partner Sofia Saenz, and my debate coach," Martinez said. "I feel like I have accomplished so much more than I ever thought possible. I am very blessed to be surrounded by such a supportive atmosphere. To be a dreamer is a waste of time. To go out and do what you need to do is the real accomplishment."
Martinez has one older sister, Dominique, and an older brother, Ricky. She is the daughter of Jose B. Martinez and Agnes Y. Martinez.