Senior Oriana Espinoza Mendoza is a native of Venezuela. She began attending Hough High in her sophomore year and spoke very little English. Over the past three years, Oriana has been deeply invested in high school life as a member of the tennis team and by mentoring and tutoring other English Learner students.
Crazy, challenging and different is how Oriana describes her senior year. She credits her family, friends and teachers – from both Venezuela and the U.S. – for helping her become the young adult she is today. Oriana said the highlight of her high school career at Hough has been "growth as a person, with a lot of opportunities that the United States offered to me."
Oriana worked extremely hard to achieve her high GPA. She epitomizes dedication and humility, along with hard work, and is respected by both students and staff. She will attend Campbellsville University to play tennis and said that in 10 years, "I see myself with a good job, pursuing my dreams."
"I will always remember my high school in the U.S. This has been very challenging but also a great experience that I will never forget."
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