Lopez graduating without one absence

Sabinal ISD senior follows through on goals

Melissa Federspill

Staff writer

Since day one, Sabinal High School senior Rhianna Lopez said she was motivated not to miss a single day of school.

With that motivation, coupled with a joy for learning and the desire to surpass any goals she has set, she was successful, earning perfect attendance since pre-K.

“My parents have never allowed me to quit anything that I have started, and it has helped me greatly in everything I have done,” said Lopez.

She’s the only daughter of Rita and Raul Lopez, and the family resides in Sabinal.

At 18, Lopez has earned an Associate of Arts degree from Southwest Texas Junior College, is salutatorian of her class, and is headed to St. Mary’s University to major in engineering science, pre-med.

“I would have been on track to earn my second associate degree, which is an Associate of Science,” Lopez said. “However, due to the current pandemic, it delayed my pathway of obtaining my second degree.”

She plans on attending medical school.

“I aspire to become a neurologist and specialize in helping patients with nerve damage and other neurodegenerative disorders,” Lopez said.

Despite achieving perfect attendance – which is not often observed – it’s not her self-described standout moment of her academic career.

“I have had many standout moments from my academic career,” Lopez said, “but the memory I will remember the most is when I was inducted into my high school National Honor Society and the college National Honor Society of Phi Theta Kappa within the same month.”

Along with her academics, Lopez has also participated in many extracurricular activities, including playing all sports at school.

Her favorite sport overall is softball, and she has been playing it for about 10 years. She has been on the varsity team all four years of high school, and has spent time in select and travel leagues.

Her other activities include doing community service, being student council president, and participating in FFA.

In a couple of weeks, she will conclude her high school endeavors by giving the salutatorian’s address at Sabinal High School’s commencement ceremony. Graduation for the class of 2020 is set for June 5 at 8 p.m. in Yellowjacket Stadium.

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