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Valedictorian at Arlington Collegiate High School 2024, Samantha Fernandez
Posted in , , on May 30, 2024


It’s graduation season and we are celebrating the Class of 2024 valedictorian and salutatorian for all eight Arlington ISD high schools. Meet Arlington Collegiate High School’s valedictorian Samantha Fernandez.

NAME: Samantha Fernandez

SCHOOL: Arlington Collegiate High School

COLLEGE: Texas Woman’s University


〉What is one piece of advice you would give an incoming freshman?

It’s OK to make mistakes. Try to learn from them and don’t beat yourself up about it because I did that a lot. Every little thing I was beating myself up about and it was so bad.

〉If you were a superhero, which one would you be and why?

Quicksilver. I’m always running late to things, and I don’t have a car. To be able to have super speed would be really useful.

〉What are you most excited about after graduation?

Moving into my dorm because that would be the first time almost living alone. I’m going into more of an apartment. I’ll have a sense of freedom and have to rely on myself.

〉Who inspires you the most and why?

That would have to be Scooby-Doo. I love Scooby-Doo. He’s always there for his family and friends. He’s scared of his own shadow, but if any of the gang is in trouble he jumps in head first even though he’s scared of everything.

〉What’s been your favorite high school memory?

It’s pretty recent, but our Senior Sunset. We couldn’t even see the sunset, but everyone was there together. That’s what I liked about it, the togetherness. Everyone was eating, taking pictures, signing yearbooks, signing t-shirts. That was very fun. Everything was so peaceful in that moment.