As the current senior valedictorian of Jimmy Carter Early College High School, Carolina Amador ranks number one in her class. 

Her current rank and title are commonly sought after by students alike. Yet Carolina holds a unique perspective on being the valedictorian of JCECHS and JCECHS, arguably more remarkable than her status. 

“It doesn’t mean that I’m essentially smarter than anyone,” Amador said. “It just means that I can be someone that someone can look up to.” 

Amador doesn’t place excessive emphasis on her achievements. She acknowledges her school community as playing a part in her success. 

“As a whole, the community here at school, it has been really beneficial,” Amador said. “Because, again, I’m not valedictorian just because of my grades.” 

Some students may regard the position of valedictorian as a far-fetched goal, but Amador knows that is not true for Carter students. 

“I think anyone can, really. That’s why ranks are always changing.” Amador said. 

And despite all her success and hard work, Amador explains that self-care is still really important to her.

“So knowing when to do things for school first and then for yourself is really, really important.” Amador said. 

Amador admits she felt intimidated her freshman year in JCECHS, but now as the valedictorian she possesses a unique perspective. 

“Over the years I’ve like met all the teachers I’ve had my friends here to help me.” Amador said.

It was enlightening for her to know JCECHS is not scary at all.

Yankarlo Munoz is a junior at Jimmy Carter Early College High School and serves as a reporter for the student newspaper. He recognizes the importance of journalism and values its ethical principles. He has contributed to the Student Publication and hopes to do more.