Luke is a first grade student at Turner Elementary. His teacher, Mrs. Zapata, said "If you look up “wonderful student” in the dictionary, you will find a picture of Luke Trujillo. This little boy is one of the kindest, most thoughtful and caring students I’ve ever taught. He has the most gentle disposition. He tells me all of the time that his “most favorite thing to do in the world is to help teachers.” Luke constantly asks me if there is anything he can do to help me. His manners are impeccable. Every direction or request from me is met with a hearty “yes ma’am, Mrs. Zapata.” Academically, he is a rock star. He is a model of persistence and motivation. Luke is a good reader, but the skill does not always come easy for him. He never gives up when sounding out difficult words. I am so lucky to have Luke Trujillo in my class this year. Without a doubt, he is deserving of this prestigious award."
Secondary Student: Surefunmi Ibukun
Stephanie Hodgins, Willis High School Principal, said, "Sure is the 2021 Willis High School Valedictorian with a straight 4.0 GPA, but her accomplishments go much deeper than that. Sure has been a member of the all-state Journalism staff for two years, and placed at three district events this year to help propel the group to first place journalism team. She was named an AP Scholar for scoring a 3 or higher on multiple AP exams in high school. She is an officer on the Student Council, and a member of the National Honor Society. She has won countless awards in UIL, ILPC and TAJE for her photography, writing and page design skills. Sure will attend Rice University in the fall to study English & Computer Science. Sure is a bright, compassionate and caring young woman. I have been honored to know her and watch her excel."