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San Elizario High School 2020 Valedictorian

 San Elizario High School 2020 Valedictorian Victor Daniel Unzueta


Victor Daniel Unzueta


GPA: 102.929                                                     


Let us know the ONE teacher who has had the most impact on you and why?

 “Throughout my San Elizario ISD journey, I have had many teachers who inspired me to be the person that I am today. However, nobody believed in me like Ms. Araceli Vargas did when I was in middle school. In seventh grade, I had barely arrived to the United States; still she believed in me and helped me to gain confidence. She helped me with work from other classes and she also taught me English. By the second year of being an English as a Second Language student with her, I was already reading, understating, and speaking English.”




Who is the ONE Coach who has influenced you the most and what is the lesson you learned from that person?

 “The coach that has influenced me the most is Coach Sappenfield. He has taught me many lessons throughout my high school years. I can name several but the advice that stuck to my brain was when he said, “the bravest will apologize; the strongest will forgive; and the happiest will forget." This has helped me through many difficult situations. I am thankful that he gave me something so important that I can use for the rest if my life.”


Please list all the academic awards you have received throughout your high school career.

  • Valedictorian 4.0 GPA
  • Recipient of the All Eagle Boy Award


Please list all the athletic awards you have received throughout your high school career.


  • Newcomer of the Year (2016-2017)
  • All-District 1st team (2016-2017)
    • All-District 1st team (2017-2018)
    • All-Region Player (2017-2018)
    • All-State Honorable Mention (2017-2018)
    • Soccer State Champion (2017-2018) 
    • All-District 1st team (2018-2019)
    • All-Region Player (2018-2019)
    • Soccer State Champion (2018-2019) Forward, Goal Winner
    • MVP Soccer State Championship Game (2018-2019)
    • Captain and Varsity letter for soccer (2016-present)
    • All-District 1st team (2019-2020)
    • All-State 1st team (2019-2020)
    • MVP San Elizario Soccer (2019-2020)
    • Athlete of the year (2019-2020)
    • Highest GPA Athlete (2019-2020)


What other extracurricular events beside athletics did you participate in?

 “I participated in National Honor Society, Dual Credit Academy, Yearbook, and Student Council.”


Please let us know the name of your parents / and or guardian. What would you like to tell them?

 “My mom's name is Berenice Chavira and my father figure is Max Sappenfield. I would like to thank them for all the sacrifices they have made for me.”


What is the name of the college/university you plan on attending?

 “I am planning on attending The University of Texas at El Paso.”


Please list the scholarships and the amounts you have been awarded.

 “I have received the presidential scholarship ($8,000 a year); State Grant ($5,400); and Federal Pell Grant ($6,345).”