Vanessa Oubre, 17, hopes to one day be a doctor.

Oubre is Victoria West High School’s valedictorian.

“I’m definitely super excited. It’s been a long four years,” Oubre said. It’s nice to know after all that work everything worked out really well.”

She and her peers will walk the stage at 8 p.m. Saturday at Memorial Stadium. The graduation will be held in the full, traditional format. Students will do a traditional processional and recessional as they enter and exit the stadium.

Face masks will not be required at the stadium.

Oubre didn’t know she would be her class valedictorian, but now that’s it’s a sure thing, she can “sit back and relax,” she said.

“I was really nervous,” she said. “When I found out, it was a lot of relief.”

While in school, Oubre played soccer, ran cross country and participated in National Honor Society.

Oubre has played soccer since she was a child and played on the West team all four years of high school, she said.

Oubre also likes to do anything outdoors and enjoys reading. Her favorite genre is fantasy.

Outside of school, Oubre worked at the local YMCA where she coached Little League soccer.

She has coached several age groups from 3 year olds to 10 year olds. The younger kids take a lot of patience, she said.

Senior year has been her favorite year in school despite COVID-19 making it crazy, she said. Her favorite part of the year though was when she knew she would be her class valedictorian and she could stop pushing herself as hard.

Oubre plans to attend Texas A&M University where she will study biomedical science. She hopes to one day go to medical school and eventually be a pediatrician.

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Samantha Douty is the education reporter at the Victoria Advocate. She grew up in Corpus Christi and graduated from UT-Arlington with a bachelor's in journalism.

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Samantha Douty is the education reporter at the Victoria Advocate. She grew up in Corpus Christi and graduated from UT-Arlington with a bachelor's in journalism.

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Angela Covarrubias

Great job Vanessa!!

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