San Diego High School student made history before she graduated from the district. Jolissa Garcia went all the way to state competition for Poetry Interpretation.

Garcia, who had been in UIL since her freshman year, got fifth place at state.

“There's a lot of pressure, but for my first time I think I did pretty great, Garcia stated. “It was nerve wrecking cause I've never done anything like this, but going to state for One Act Play gave me the confidence. I just kept telling myself I had already been to a state meet. I had been there before and I belonged there.”

Garcia read two pieces, Blue Dress and To This Day for competition. However, before she could perform her poetry pieces she had to research what was the true story behind them to make sure she would adequately portray the writer's emotions.

“It's more than just a performance,” said UIL Sponsor Pam Garcia. “It was an awesome experience for all of us. I had never coached anyone who went to state before, but we had confidence that Jolissa would make the district proud. She had already made it further than anyone else.”

Jolissa's goal, when she started for UIL journey, was not about making it to state instead she focused on the little things such as her memorization skills and achieve success at regionals.