Fast approaching its second year, the Academies of La Joya ISD have set the standard for other districts in the region by announcing that one of its students will be representing La Joya ISD (and the Rio Grande Valley) at the 2016 Ford NGL National Conference.

15 year-old, Steffany Zuniga (student in the Academy of Health Science Professions) won the opportunity to travel to the convention in Palm Springs, CA this October as a student ambassador. Competing with the hash tag: #IAMFordNGL, Zuniga’s video submission described Ford NGL’s impact in her life and has granted her the honor of being a special guest at the national conference.

“Belonging to the Academy of Health Science Professions, and with the help of Ford NGL, I have a better idea of what I hope to accomplish in my field – I now know what it takes to reach my career goals, and I feel more focused and driven,” Zuniga said. “Attending this conference will allow me to represent my school, my region (the Rio Grande Valley) and also the Hispanic race,” she added.

The Academies of La Joya ISD were created last school year to strengthen partnerships with potential employers by offering students internship opportunities and be college and career ready. The unique connection between classroom curriculum and real world experiences is what makes the Academies meaningful as students venture on a 4-year pathway to discover their passion.

Congratulations to Steffany on her national recognition and for representing La Joya ISD and the Rio Grande Valley.