Class Act: Garza Senior Is First In Her Family To Go To College

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DALLAS — There are still modern pioneers in every community. Melva Yanes is one of those trailblazers and our Class Act of the Week!

Melva is a senior at Trinidad Garza Early College High School, and she is one of the most involved students you’ll ever see.

She runs cross country, she’s a photographer, and a member of the Pi Theta Kappa honor society. But her most coveted title is her family’s first college graduate.

“It has a lot of pressure because none of my family, they only finished until grade school,” Melva said. “For me having to be the first one, having at home no one to help me with homework, it was just me trying to learn on my own.”

Well, in the spring she will graduate high school, but not just with her diploma, but with an associates degree as well.

Her next goal: Attend UNT next fall and earn a full ride scholarship to decrease the burden on her family. There she wants to study broadcast journalism to help tell the stories of her community.

“I grew up in Oak Cliff, where many people might say that it’s very dangerous, but that’s not the reality of Oak Cliff,” Melva said. “It is a place where, especially this school, Trinidad Garza, that’s located in Oak Cliff, this is a school who gave me opportunities. The community has always been there for me. Since I live in a single parent home, the community helped my family and I to be able to overcome that. I want to give back because they never told us to pay back and I want to give back by being the voice for my community.”

Hey everybody, that’s a wrap for our fall semester of Class Acts! But keep those suggestions coming! We’ll be back in class after the holidays.