With only a week left until the Royse City High School Class of 2019 graduation, the Herald-Banner caught up with the valedictorian and salutatorian of the graduating class. Graduation is scheduled 7 p.m., May 28 at the Curtis Culwell Center, located 4999 Naaman Forest Boulevard in Garland.

Valedictorian - Karina Revilla plans to attend The University of Texas at Austin to study medical laboratory science, and wants to go to medical school. Revilla participated in band, served as an officer in the high school’s National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society, as well as the “IGNITE” club on campus.

How does it feel to be ranked at the top of your class at Royse City High School?

It feels really good. It’s kind of relieving, since I’ve been working for it since even before I started high school, and I’m glad it paid off.

How big of an influence were your parents on your academic life?

They were a big inspiration. Because they’re immigrants from Mexico, I’ve had the feeling that I needed to work hard to make sure that all their sacrifices were worth it. They’ve always supported me through academics as well as my extracurricular events. They always made sure that I had the supplies I needed in and out of school. I’m really thankful.

I was the only one in my family who was born here and I always felt really lucky for that and I just always felt that if I ever let these opportunities go, it’d be such a huge waste. For me it’s a lot easier to achieve my dreams, do the things that I want to do and go to the places I want to go and experience the things because I’m a citizen and I was born here.

What are you looking forward to in terms of your next steps in your academic career?

I’m looking forward to gaining independence and experiencing a life away from here. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely adore Royse City and I think I’m very lucky to have grown up here. I think it’s a great city with a great school district, but I’m also excited to experience Austin because I love that city too. I think it’s an amazing and diverse place where a lot of change happens.

Salutatorian - Thatcher Davis plans to attend Texas A&M University in College Station to study biochemistry, and wants to go to veterinary school. Davis’ extracurriculars include football, band and debate.

Congratulations on the big achievement, how does it feel?

It feels great to see all my work come into fruition and to be able to tell people and to have that honor.

What sparked your interest in taking up biochemistry?

I want to become a veterinarian one day and it’s a really good major for that.

What made you want to become a veterinarian?

We have four dogs. I love animals and I want to take care of them.

Who are your biggest inspirations in terms of your education?

My dogs. Liberty, Brody, Iggy and Joey.

Are you scared about anything? What something that you’ll miss most from high school, other than your dogs? What are you looking forward to?

That’s the main thing I’m going to miss, but I’m not really going to miss anything. I’m just looking forward to new experiences and a change of scenery. I’m looking forward to being challenged academically, and I hope that college will give me the challenges that I need to keep growing my knowledge.

What’s something you learned through your different extracurriculars?

You have to put in the work to see the results, and you have to continue that work to become a better person.

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