Bloomington valedictorian first in family to attend college
By BY CAMILLE M. DOTY - CDOTY@VICAD.COM
May 30, 2012 at 12:30 a.m.
Updated May 31, 2012 at 12:31 a.m.
BLOOMINGTON - When Gabrielle Aguillon is not managing sports teams or watching the Texas Longhorns and Texas Rangers, she's shopping at Rue 21.
The 17-year-old Bloomington High School valedictorian will graduate with a 92.3 GPA in a class of 33 on Friday.
She will be the first in her family to attend college.
Gabrielle, who plans to enroll at Victoria College in the fall, said furthering her education will create more opportunities in her life.
Instead of feeling pressure from parents Joe and Michelle Aguillon, she felt supported to put forth her best effort.
Gabrielle said her mother is her biggest inspiration.
"She always pushed me to do well in school," Gabrielle said.
And there is a reason.
"I wanted her to have a better life than me," her mother explained.
She also said she wanted her children, Chris Aguillon and Gabrielle, to not let others determine their potential and to use their God-given abilities to help others.
Michelle Aguillon, 44, was raised by her older siblings after her mother died. She was the first of nine children to graduate high school.
Gabrielle also serves as an inspiration to her mother, by starting college courses in the fall to become an emergency medical technician.
"She (Gabrielle) showed me I can do it, too," said the volunteer firefighter.
Gabrielle wants to study business administration with plans to start her own company.
To prepare for number crunching, she's been attentive in her mathematics classes. Karla Gray is her favorite instructor, who taught Gabrielle geometry, Algebra I and II, as well as pre-calculus.
"She always spent extra time with us to make sure we understood," Gabrielle said.
Although the National Honor Society student looks forward to her new life, she will greatly miss seeing familiar faces in the hallways and classrooms.
She and salutatorian Valarie Aguayo have been friends since the fourth grade.
One of Gabrielle's fondest high school memories is making a movie with Valarie for a competition at Wharton County Junior College.
"Remember that time I killed you," Valarie said, who struck her companion with an air bat for the homemade film.
"Yes, I forgot you were hitting me. We were such bad actors," Gabrielle replied. Both roared with laughter.
The 2-year-old horrific, yet comedic, movie has not been seen in a while.