Name: Laryssa Salinas.

Parents: Ben and Cassandra Salinas.

Educational or Future plans: My plans for after I graduate are to attend Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and earn a Masters of Science in Nursing degree and become a Family Nurse Practitioner.

Clubs and officer positions: NHS member (2017-2019), HOSA member (2015-2019), HOSA reporter (2018-2019), Jr. class secretary (2017-2018), Teen Outreach member (2018-2019), AHS cheerleader (2015-2019), Varsity girls basketball (2017-2019), Varsity girls soccer (2016-2019), Varsity girls track (2016-2019).

Accomplishments/honors: CNA certified, level I nursing certificate from CBC (2018), two-year regional qualifier for the Skills USA Competition, two-year state qualifier for the Skills USA competition, All-academic (2016-2018) Varsity girls soccer, All academic (2017-2018) Varsity girls basketball.

What is the best advice you have ever received? Who gave you the advice?

“Fake it until you make it” from my cheer coaches. As harsh as it sounds, it is the best advice I have ever received because, quite often, it is the best way to get through tough days in today’s harsh world. Although not really “faking” a mood, in reality, all this means is in order to turn your mood or a bad day around, you must remain optimistic and sometimes “fake” to help get through.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

In five years I see myself nearing the end of my college career, and beginning to research my options of jobs in either a hospital or a private practice. If you could change anything about this world, what would it be and why?: If I could change anything in this world, it would be the amount of hate and bitterness there is. I am a strong believer in world peace, and I would love to live in a world where hate, sexism, and racism don’t exist.

If you could invite 3 people to dinner other than relatives who would they be and why?

I would invite Sophia Bush because One Tree Hill, is one of my favorite shows and Sophia Bush is just such a nice and genuine person who is a strong advocate for women’s rights and world peace. Next, I would invite Beto O’Rourke because he is just an optimistic and open-minded man that I would love to have a conversation with. He is also someone who genuinely cares for people and the human race in general. Last, I would invite Carlos Correa because the Houston Astros, are my favorite baseball team and I enjoy watching the way he plays. He’s an excellent and very handsome, might I add, athlete.

Favorites

Food: Enchiladas

Book: The Twilight Series

Movie: A Star is Born

Town in Texas: Alice

Vacation Spot: California