For Alyssa Trejo, life has always been about setting and accomplishing goals. In seventh grade, she knew she wanted to be an attorney just like her uncle Michael. Ever since then, she has worked hard to maintain her path and reach that goal.
“Most people go to college not knowing what they want to do, but I’ve been stressing about it since before high school,” she said.
One step in that path was to do well in high school, so Alyssa set another goal for herself during her freshman year: be named class valedictorian.
“I always felt that it was possible, but I also knew that it was something that would take a lot of work,” Alyssa said. “I needed to just stay focused.”
Earlier this month, after four years of perseverance, Alyssa accomplished her goal and was named the Class of 2020 Bishop High School valedictorian.
“I was extremely excited,” she said. “It was a lot of late nights and juggling my schedule, but I’m very proud of myself for sticking to it.”
Alyssa is the daughter of Leo Jr. and Melanie Trejo. A Kingsville native, she said she transferred to Bishop High School during sophomore year.
“The Bishop community is so friendly and very welcoming,” Alyssa said.
In high school, Alyssa was a varsity cheerleader and participated in volleyball, cross country and track. She was also a member of the National Honor Society and the FCCLA, and earned 30 college credit hours through Coastal Bend College as a dual-credit student.
“So I’ll be starting college as a sophomore,” she said.
One regret Alyssa said she had about this year, however, is how the COVID-19 pandemic kept her from “creating those senior memories.”
“I missed out on my senior track season,” she said. “And, of course, just being able to see all of my friends (at school).”
In the fall, Alyssa said she will be attending Texas A&M University-Kingsville, where she will study general business and political science.
“I got the Presidential Scholarship, so I received a full-ride there,” she said. “And it’ll let me stay close to home and my family.”
Once she completes her bachelor’s degree, Alyssa said she plans to attend the University of Texas in Austin to study law.
“I’ve just always been interested in (law),” she said. “I like to argue. I like to prove a point.”
Alyssa said her uncle, Michael Trejo, is a criminal justice attorney and inspired her to pursue a law degree.
“But I want to do something in business (law),” she said.
As Alyssa prepares for her next goal in life, she said she has some advice for incoming freshman who also want to be their class valedictorian.
“Just keep with it, because it’s very possible,” she said. “And remember that every point matters. If you got a 95 or something on a test, and you know you got (a question) right, tell the teacher. Even if it just changes your grade by one point, that point can make a difference.”