Lizbeth Mares was named valedictorian and Yasmin Diosdado as salutatorian of Como-Pickton High School Senior Class of 2015 based on their cumulative grade point average from all four years of high school. The announcement was made during the Senior Night program held at the school earlier this week.
Mares is the daughter of Candido and Isabel Mares, and older sister of Jessica Erica and Karen Mares.
She has attended Como-Pickton Consolidated Independent School District since pre-kindergarten.
She has been involved in a number of school clubs, competitions and activities.
Mares was a member of the National Honor Society, serving as chapter president. She was also a member of the Spanish Club, serving as vice president, and Student Council.
Mares competed in One Act Play, robotics and placed first in district in science UIL. She was on the A Honor Roll all year, and was awarded Red Cord Honors by Carter BloodCare for donating blood twice this year.
She played clarinet in the school band, was also in the jazz band and choir.
“I’ve attended here since pre-k. I’m proud to call CP my school. It’s a blessing. Everyone here is so supportive,” Mares said.
She expressed special thanks to band/choir teacher Jeremy Wofford and science teacher Stacie Yarbrough, who taught her to be a leader and encouraged her to put herself out there and not be shy.
Mares advises other students striving for success, “don’t sweat the small stuff, and it’s all small stuff in the end. Put yourself out there — it’s worth it.”
After graduating from CPHS with distinguished honors, she plans to complete her basics at Paris Junior College, then transfer to either Texas A&M-University or the University of North Texas, to study film and photography.
“When you take a picture you see the emotion. There are no words. You tell a story with the picture. I want to have pictures tell a story,” Mares said.
The CPHS valedictorian said she currently only posts her photos on Instagram and Facebook. She loves to play with filters.
She also enjoys drawing, but said she mostly just dabbles in art and music.
To help her achieve her college goals, Mares was awarded a $1,800 Paris Junior College scholarship and is eligible for a valedictorian scholarship, which will cover the cost of tuition for her first year of college should she choose to attend a state school.
CPHS 2015 salutatorian Yasmin Diosdado is the daughter of Irma Diosdado. She is has one brother, Jose Juan Diosdado, and two sisters, Yesenia Diosdado and Giselle Vargas.
She too has attend CPCISD since pre-kindergarten. She was recognized for having the highest GPS in her class based solely on senior year grades only. She was also on the AB Honor Roll all year.
She took was active in school organizations and competed in sports other contests.
Diosdado was a member of the National Honor Society, Spanish Club (serving as president), and served as vice president of both the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America chapter and student council.
She played volleyball and wall named Academic All District. In cheerleading, Diosdado was named Academic All State.
The salutatorian also competed in and won first place with a painting she entered in the county youth art show.
She too was among 13 CPHS seniors to earn Red Cord Honors for donating blood at least twice this year.
Her advice to other students is to “give it all you have all the time and remember to have fund as your do it.”
Diosdado said her parents have been her biggest inspiration and support.
“My dad passed away in 2012. He was really a big part of my life. My mom has been motivating, pushing me hard all the time. She’s there to help me through anything,” she said.
After graduating from CPHS with distinguished honors, Diosdado plans to become a counselor, studying psychology at the University of North Texas. She plans to continue her education in order to earn a doctorate in psychology.
“I really like to help people,” she explained. “I’ve studied some of the stuff and like it. I give good advice, people come to me for advice.”
To help her achieve her college and career goals, Diosdado has been awarded a $20,000 Excellence Scholarship from the University of North Texas, as well as a number of other scholarships, including the $250 Lorenzo and Faye D. Bryant Scholarship given by 2006 CPHS graduate Erica Bryant in memory of grandparents, who raised her and three other grandchildren. Bryant, who also attended CPCISD from pre-k through 12th grade, said thanks to her grandparents and CPCISD she has obtained her master’s degree in psychology and is currently pursuing a doctoral degree for counseling. She gives the award to help Diosdado, who she noted also knows the loss of a parent, and is pursuing a degree in psychology to prepare her for a career in counseling.
Diosdado also received one of two $1,000 INJAM (It’s Not Just About Me) Scholarships awarded to CPHS students, one of two $1,000 Myrtle L. Tanner Spanish club Pan American Forum Scholarships awarded to CPHS students this year, a $1,000 Rotary Club scholarship, a $1,500 Finnis and Onree Attlesey and Garland and Sweet Gamblin Scholarship and a $20,000 Excellence Scholarship for three years to the University of North Texas and a $13,000 Walmart Dependent Scholarship spaced over four years.