Senior Salute: Kaitlyn Espericueta

Kaitlyn Espericueta

“If everything was perfect you would never learn and you would never grow” -Beyonce

The past four years at JDA have provided Kaitlyn with an enrichment of the whole person, spiritually, academically and physically. Whether in the classroom or on the court, Kaitlyn has actively encouraged herself and those around her, eventually taking on leadership roles instead of staying on the sidelines. Her involvement in student council during her early years, resulted in Kaitlyn running for and being elected to be Junior Class Vice President, and finally Student Council President during her senior year. As Student Council President, Kaitlyn organized traditional events such as retreats, dances, and pep rallies, but also ventured to tackle and create new events such as JDA’s first ever bonfire! As a member of the National Honor Society, Kaitlyn has been actively involved in countless JDA events, and activities. Kaitlyn’s leadership also extended to volleyball, serving as this year’s Volleyball Team Captain.

With the assistance of a supportive athletic program, Kaitlyn participated in athletics and dedicated herself to volleyball, track, and cross country. Kaitlyn was awarded Honorable Mention at state, along with First-Team All District for the past two years in volleyball. Furthermore, she was recognized as Academic All-State. She has also advanced to Regionals every year she ran track.

The spiritual guidance of JDA has given Kaitlyn the opportunity of service. Although Kaitlyn has been involved with numerous community projects alongside her Girl Scout troop, it is her work with the Catholic Youth Renovation Project which she really found exhilarating. The experience of renovating small homes in an impoverished community has given Kaitlyn the drive to do more. Whether delivering Easter baskets to the children’s hospital, working with the food bank, Christmas caroling to elderly communities, or other numerous projects, Kaitlyn is committed to help others and her community.

JDA’s nurturing community has helped shape Kaitlyn’s confidence, leadership and dedication to helping others. Her journey is far from over. This Fall Kaitlyn will take part in the Coordinated Admission Program provided by UT in which she will attend the University of the Rio Grande Valley this year, and then transfer into the University of Texas Austin to complete her career goal of becoming a nurse.

Her message to other students : Wear your JDA pride proudly, for this is your home!

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