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Congratulations to the Advanced Learning Academy Class of 2020


The Advanced Learning Academy

Advanced Learning Academy

Class of 2020



The Advanced Learning Academy, a CAST Network school, graduates 13 seniors.

All 13 Seniors of the Advanced Learning Academy Class of 2020 are college bound. The 2nd class to ever graduate from the Advanced Learning Academy includes future dancers, engineers and community leaders.

Greta Baez

Greta Baez

Winner of the The Frida Kahlo Award for Fearlessness and Artistic Generosity
Attending Texas State University
Plans to be an animator, business owner, and skater clothes designer


Kaben BenavidezKaben Benavides – Class Valedictorian

Winner of the Bebe Neuwirth Award for Boldness and Fierce Talent
Attending Point Park University – Dance Program
Has the goal of living and working in New York City as a professional dancer


Anthony DavisAnthony Davis

Winner of the Sherlock Holmes Award for Curiosity, Conversation and Good Natured Trickery
Attending The University of Texas at San Antonio
Plans on having a master’s degree in computer science and considering a future in criminal justice, software engineering or exploring new technologies


Carla GarciaCarla Garcia

Winner of the Selena Quintanilla Award for Beauty Inside and Out
Deciding between Texas A&M San Antonio or San Antonio Community College
Sees herself with a bachelor’s degree in science and flourishing in her nursing career



Kevin GarciaKevin Garcia

Winner of The Julian Castro Award for Caring and Determination
Attending Texas A&M San Antonio
A future trailblazing entrepreneur and impactful legislator


Melanie GutierrezMelanie Gutierrez

Winner of The C.S. Lewis Award for Conviction, Constancy, and Steadfast Faith
Attending The University of Texas at San Antonio
Plans to rock the education world as an elementary teacher


Jonathan GuzmanJonathan Guzman

Winner of the David Robinson Award for Kind-heartedness and Honesty
Attending St. Phillip’s College
Sees himself in a career he is passionate about


Brandon MunozBrandon Muñoz

Winner of the Tim Duncan Award for Community Building and Coaching Others On and Off the Court
Attending San Antonio College
Interested in a future in engineering


Berenice PinaBerenice Piña

Winner of the Maria Montessori Award for Courage and Trail Blazing Confidence
Attending The University of Texas at San Antonio studying Psychology
Plans to be a Board Certified Behavior Analyst to help kids with autism and other related behavior issues


A.J. RodriguezA.J. Rodriguez

Winner of The Adam Silver Award for Leadership, Dedication, and Strategy
Attending San Antonio College to study architecture
Has the dream of working for Alamo Architects


Paulina RodriguezPaulina Rodriguez

Winner of the Michelle Obama Award for Intelligence and Grace
Attending Barnard College to study English and Human Rights
Goal of working as a journalist covering politics and elections or pursuing a graduate degree in journalism


Maya SarateMaya Sarate

Winner of The Leslie Knope Award for Compassion and Community Creation
Attending The University of Texas at San Antonio
Wants to become a physical therapist


Adrian VegaAdrian Vega

Winner of The Andrew Witten Award for being an Original Community Voice
Attending San Antonio College
Plans on having his college degree, and to be in a place where he is financially successful starting a family of his own


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