Outstanding senior: Vanessa Miramontes

Like many other high school seniors, Vanessa Miramontes is anxious to start a new chapter of her life. However, the mere thought of leaving the memories she has made over the last four years at Eastwood leaves her with a bittersweet feeling.

Vanessa is a well-rounded Trooper that has been involved in the Eastwood Chapter of National Honor Society, student council, cross country, track -running the 3200m and 1600m- and the Eastwood Sabre within her high school career, all on top of being a consistent A/B honor roll student. She is a hardworking, determined and dedicated young lady and student who strives for honesty, loyalty and finding the best in people.

Track coach Jimmy Ayala said, "Vanessa is one of the nicest people I've ever encountered.  She is so down to earth, soft-spoken and humble. She has a great work ethic." Other teachers echo Ayala's sentiments.  Journalism teacher and Sabre adviser Jon Stovall said, "Vanessa is a rare teenager.  She refuses to participate in gossip, and cannot bring herself to badmouth another person.  I have great respect for her."

Throughout all her high school accomplishments, Miramontes says being a four-year varsity letterman and making the list of being one of the fastest 3200m runners and staying on top of her grades are her greatest. "I owe all my success to my family," she said. "They have had such a huge impact on my life by supporting me in everything I do. They always give me good and positive advice."

Vanessa plans to attend the University of Texas at El Paso and then go on to medical school to become a physical therapist. Throughout college she hopes to find internships at doctors offices and/or work with children. "In 10 years, I see myself living in El Paso becoming successful in my career" Miramontes said.

"I wouldn't change anything if I got to relive my high school years." Vanessa said, "I enjoyed my years here at Eastwood, and I don't regret anything. I believe I lived high school they way I was supposed to and helped shape me as the person I am because I learned a lot about myself and who I truly am."  Vanessa will leave Eastwood with fond, positive memories, and she feels she has "matured for the best. Eastwood has prepared me for the future and I will walk away from this amazing school with great memories and self confidence."