Paloma Ortiz, The University of Texas, Austin
Faith Academy of Marble Falls, Llano, TX
“All it takes is all you’ve got.” After being diagnosed with dyslexia and fructose malabsorption, Paloma lives by this quote giving all she’s got to excel academically and in her extra-curricular activities. Paloma will graduate as her class salutatorian. She lives on a working cattle ranch located 45 minutes from town that has been in her family since 1872. Due to the ranch’s secluded location, Paloma is too far from town to work in a local business, so she created her own–“Paloma Productions.” She saves for her college tuition by designing websites for companies and creating videos for weddings, athletic teams, and local businesses to attract tourists. Paloma is a Student Council Representative and a member of the varsity track team. She aspires to become a doctor and return to her rural community to practice medicine.