Daniela Alvarado, a recent graduate from the Accelerated Center for Education (ACE), was honored as the Galena Park ISD Student of the Month at the May 4 North Channel Area Chamber of Commerce luncheon.
Daniela’s belief is “What doesn’t kill me, makes me strong.” Her life has been a testament to her belief as she has proven that there is no obstacle that she can’t overcome. Despite having a baby at a very young age, Daniela has overcome health problems and the time constraints of raising a baby and holding down multiple jobs to make ends meet in addition to continuing her academic coursework to obtain enough credits for graduation.
Daniela started the school year in the Community and Parent Education Program (PEP) classes with the birth of her son, Israel. She transitioned into ACE and quickly distinguished herself with hard work and self-discipline. She has achieved every goal she’s set, from perfect attendance, to course completions. In addition, she has performed admirably on the exit level TAKS, even getting a commended performance on the Social Studies test. Now that Daniela has graduated high school, she plans to pursue a career in nursing.
“At ACE, all of our students are identified as ‘at risk.’ In this environment, we work with students who struggle with personal and academic challenges. Every once in a while, a student comes along who just thrives. Daniela Alvarado is that student. We are very proud of Daniela and all that she has accomplished at ACE,” said Becky Wade, English/Language Arts teacher at ACE.
Shown at the May 4 Chamber of Commerce luncheon are (l-r): Mike McKay, principal at ACE; Daniela Alvarado; and Judy Elkins, former assistant principal at ACE and current coordinator of career and technical education.