Standout Student: Cooper High School’s Yelitza Hernandez Guitron
Yelitza Hernandez Guitron is one of the top students in her senior class academically, and teachers say she’s an outgoing and involved student.
“Some students might be afraid to join different things and get out of our comfort zone, but she’s very comfortable in different spaces,” said staff member Carolina Calvillo.
Hernandez Guitron is also involved in the National Honor Society at Cooper High School. She was ranked first in her class, but she learned a valuable lesson when she slipped from the top spot.
“Grades aren’t everything. They don’t define me as a person,” said Hernandez Guitron. “But being at a competitive school, it shows that other people drive to be better.”
Hernandez Guitron enjoys being part of Hispanos Unidos, a dance team that helps first-generation Hispanic-Americans stay connected to their roots.
“The Hispanic culture is a mix of many different cultures in itself, so we show our culture and emotion through our dances,” said Hernandez Guitron. “I have the ability to go to college and it makes me appreciate what my parents did for me because they came from a place where money is very scarce and where food is very scarce.”
Yelitza is a junior in high school. She plans to spend most of her senior year of high school in classes at North Hennepin Community College through the P.S.E.O. program.