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Salutatorian hopes to share love of reading (Video)

By Carolina Astrain
June 4, 2013 at 1:04 a.m.

Madeline Canales, 18, served as a library aide in high school, inspiring her to want to pursue an education in library sciences. The Bloomington High School salutatorian will first attend the University of Houston-Victoria to major in history.

Madeline Canales, 18, will be frank with you.

She will not miss high school. Not one part of it.

But it doesn't mean she doesn't care.

At Friday night's commencement, the Bloomington High School senior will give her salutatorian speech in which she encourages students to believe in themselves no matter what the cost.

The petite library aide carried herself with the composure of a businesswoman Monday afternoon.

"I push myself a lot," Canales said. "I'm a big perfectionist."

The class salutatorian said she wants to spread her love of reading to others by studying library sciences at Texas Woman's University after getting her bachelor's in history at the University of Houston-Victoria.

She applied to no other universities and said applying to UHV was what made the most economic and logistic sense.

In her tortoise-shell shaped backpack, Canales carried three nonacademic books with her during the final days of school.

"Such a Pretty Girl" by Laura Weiss, "Lessons from a Dead Girl" by Jo Knowles and "Damned" by Chuck Palahniuk were her reading companions for the day.

After lunch, Canales said, she likes to sit out in the hallways and read until her next class.

Canales has two older siblings and maintains a close relationship with her family and God.

For the last 11 years, she has served as an altar server at St. Patrick's Catholic Church and hopes to continue serving the church while in college.

When she learned she was going to be her class salutatorian, ranking just below her second cousin, Nathaniel Sanchez, in the competition, Canales was overjoyed.

"I was happy and excited," Canales said. "I just felt like everything I had worked for had finally paid off."

And although she's unsure about majoring in history during her undergraduate years, Canales said she knows she wants to go far in life.

"I've never wanted to settle for less," Canales said. "I've always wanted to go beyond."

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