What a challenge when you set a goal for yourself that has never been accomplished by anyone before you. “… I always wanted my name to be the first one on the empty All-State Choir plaque that hangs at the entrance of my choir room – I worked hard for 4 years, each time getting closer, and closer – until I finally made it!”

For Priscilla Valencia, a LJ Juarez-Lincoln HS Choir Senior, her journey to state started back in September with District auditions, where only 20 advanced to Regionals in November. After succeeding in the Pre-Area round, this month, Valencia participated in the Area competition where she earned 2nd chair in Alto 2 for the TMEA (Texas Music Educators Association) All-State Mixed Choir – placing her amongst the top 200 in the state and making school history!

“My older sister inspired me to join choir when I was in 7th grade, but it was my choir director, Mr. Joshua Watkins who helped and pushed me to be the best,” said Valencia. “I love to sing, and it feels great to compete and sing alongside my friends. I hope to be an example for others that achieving goals is definitely possible.”

Over 27,000 choir students from across Texas schools begin the audition process in early fall to make it to the TMEA state level. This year, Priscilla was the only student from La Joya ISD and the first in LJ Juarez-Lincoln HS history to earn this award.

Valencia will next be traveling to the TMEA state convention on February 14th-17th in San Antonio where she will meet and rehearse with the other 199 students who together comprise the All-State Mixed Choir. The group will perform for an audience of over 10,000 music educators, parents, and family.

“I’m most excited about coming back to Juarez-Lincoln HS 40 years from now, and seeing my name at the top of the All-State plaque,” Priscilla added. “…and I’m especially proud to be the first in my school’s history to make it to the state choir.”

Congratulations to Priscilla and her family on her phenomenal accomplishment and for putting La Joya ISD and the Juarez-Lincoln Huskies on the map!!