Montwood High School valedictorian Brian Gonzalez achieved perfect attendance since kindergarten along with a 4.0 GPA in high school.
Gonzalez’s determination took him to the top of his class as valedictorian and allowed him to achieve the challenging goal of perfect attendance from kinder to senior year.
He also graduated with his associate’s degree from El Paso Community College, which he earned through Rams Early College in December 2019.
“Being recognized for this accomplishment really means a lot,” Gonzalez said. “It makes me feel very distinguished despite the circumstances we’ve been through this year.”
Gonzalez graduated with an overall 103.6 GPA and more than 60 college credit hours.
“Brian has made us very proud for what he has accomplished throughout his school years,” said his father Charlie Gonzalez. “We have very high expectations for both Brian and our younger daughter. We know the importance of attending school and we push them to be in school every day to bring us back not good, but great grades.”
Gonzalez received the Presidential Scholarship from UTEP for being ranked number one and plans to earn his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering.
Aside from academics, Gonzalez has been involved in extracurricular activities since his time at Sun Ridge Middle School, including being a band member, competing and placing in the robotics competitions and advancing to district for Destination Imagination.
Before entering high school, Gonzalez qualified to be part of the Rams Early College High School Program and was ranked as number one after he received his freshman year transcript.
“The last four years Brian has displayed great discipline, dedication, and leadership,” said Montwood High School Principal Carlos Guerra. “I am looking forward to the many great things he will accomplish in life.”
Gonzalez wishes to continue his perfect attendance streak throughout college as well as maintaining a perfect GPA. After college, he hopes to use his engineering skills to eventually work for TESLA.
“We couldn’t be prouder of Brian for his dedication to his education and seizing his opportunity every day he was enrolled in Socorro ISD,” said SISD Superintendent Jose Espinoza, Ed.D. “On behalf of all Team SISD, I congratulate both him and his parents for achieving this amazing feat! We look forward to hearing of his continued success in college, career and life!”