As a long-standing tradition, the Alice Echo-News Journal recognizes one Alice High School senior each week as Teen of the Week. At the end of the school year, the students recognized are eligible for a $1,500 scholarship awarded by the Echo-News Journal and sponsored Guaranty Title and Abstract Company.

Name: Hailey Garza

Parents: Jeff Park and Carol Flores

Educational or Future Plans: I plan to attend The University of Texas at San Antonio to earn my Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing.

Clubs or Officer Positions: National Honor Society (2018-current), Health Occupations of America (2015-current), Junior Class (2018), Operation Graduation (2017-current), Teen Outreach Program (2015-current),Varsity Softball (2015-current).

Accomplishments/Honors: In 2018 I earned my Certified Nursing Assistant license. I now work as a CNA at Meridian Care of Alice. In 2018 I was also elected into the National Honor Society. I also earned the Microsoft Office Specialist Certificate in 2018.

What was the best advice you ever received? Who gave you the advice? The best advice I ever received was to always work hard in everything that I do and I would never have to look back and ask myself why I didn’t work harder. This amazing advice was given to me by my grandpa.

Where do you see yourself in five years? In five years I see myself graduating from the RN program and starting my dream job as a Registered Nurse at a hospital in San Antonio.
If you could change anything about this world what would it be and why? If I could change anything about this world, it would be the judgement that goes on in today’s society. Today, everyone judges someone or gets judged by another individual. People are judged based on their skin tone, their style, their sexuality, and many other things. If the amount of judgement could be reduced tremendously, the world could indeed be a better place.

If you could invite three people to dinner (other than relatives) who would they be and why? Russell Vitale because the amount of positivity he gives off is endless. Russ always has positive energy and he is also always trying to find a way to lift other people’s spirits up. I have always been a fan of Russ and it is one of my dreams to actually meet him in person. Ellen DeGeneres because the mindset she has is absolutely amazing. She remained strong through the process of her coming out as lesbian and didn’t let any negativity get to her. I would love to ask her how she remained strong and positive in such a judgemental society. Sandra Bullock because her mindset is strong and she is very independent. She does a great job of showing that she doesn’t need anyone in order to be successful. I would love to ask her how she learned how to be so independent.

Favorites

Food - Chicken Alfredo

Book - Before I Die by Jenny Downham

Movie - The Impossible

Town in Texas - San Antonio

Vacation Spot - Bora Bora