Northam named Travis Valedictorian
Kylie Northam, 18, is a native of the one and only 'Texas Pride BBQ' city, Adkins, Texas. For the last four years, she has made a twice-daily 40-minute commute to San Antonio to attend San Antonio Independent School District's (SAISD) Travis Early College High School at San Antonio College (SAC).
Travis is a one-of-a-kind school which many young people-especially those from Adkins-don't normally get the opportunity to experience. If Kylie attended a traditional high school, she would have been able to participate in pep rallies, football games, and more. Instead, she opted to trade in the idea of Friday night lights and homecoming mums for something a little bit different-a rigorous high school and college curriculum.
In her second semester at Travis, she began taking concurrent college classes on SAC's campus. Some of her favorite classes include: Theatre, English, and History. By her senior year, Kylie was almost exclusively taking classes at the College.
Kylie is set to graduate from SAC with an associates degree in Liberal Arts before she even walks the stage at her own high school graduation. Topping out with a grade point average of about 102.86, Kylie has risen to become Valedictorian of Travis' Class of 2017.
In addition to excelling in the classroom, Kylie takes pride in her many accomplishments with various extracurricular activities. She is president of Gamma Sigma Girls (Girl Scouts); she serves as the student ambassador for the Mayor's Fitness Council; and she is a member of the National Hispanic Institute.
After high school, Kylie plans to attend the University of Texas at Austin to double major in Public Relations and the prestigious Plan II program which only admits 180 students each year.
When prompted to provide advice to an incoming freshman, Kylie simply states:
"Take the challenge. It is totally worth it."