Profiling Great Graduates in the Class of 2021

With the Class of 2021 set to cross the stage and receive their diplomas, we're profiling great graduates who have ambitions of college and careers that will leave an impact on the world around them. 

Lauren Gonzalez, Communications Arts HS

Lauren Gonzalez is graduating from Communications Arts High School after a challenging but special year.

“Twenty years from now, I'll look back on my senior year and remember how our class got to experience a historic presidential election, a snowstorm, and a pandemic,” said Gonzalez.  “Somehow we were able to end the year on a positive note and have a normal graduation.”

Gonzalez is a standout student as a National Honor Society officer delivering Thanksgiving meal baskets and hosting a Christmas toy drive for families in need. She also worked with Girls Inc. to create Teal Week, a sexual violence prevention program to be taught to students in fifth through twelfth grade.

“The survivors who have helped me design the curriculum are my inspiration because it amazes me how much bravery and strength they have to come forward with their stories and want to help others,” said Gonzalez.

Gonzalez will continue her education in the fall as she attends The Ohio State University majoring in Political Science.

Domenic Dyer, Business Careers HS

Domenic Dyer is graduating from Business Careers HS and is ready to tackle new experiences in the real world.

His drive to be successful both in school and working full-time are due to a promise he made to his grandmother.

“In all honesty, the way I found the drive to balance both school and work was through my grandmother," Dyer said. “A couple years ago my grandmother passed away, and on her death bed, I promised her whatever I do I’ll make her proud. That moment had a huge impact on my life and that helped motivate me to focus on school and work. If things got too overwhelming, I remembered what she told me as a kid – to pray and to find the strength through God to give me courage, boldness, and perseverance. Through God he gave me all that I need to become the best version of myself and to excel in both my education and work.”

Dyer hopes to become a pastor and will be attending Northwest Vista College as part of the AlamoPROMISE program which provides students with the opportunity to attend an Alamo College tuition free. He thanks his teachers and family for their support and encouragement as he worked hard to make them proud.