A word from the president

When President Obama speaks to schoolchildren nationwide today around noon, hard work won’t be the only thing getting a shout-out. Jazmin Perez, an ’09 graduate who is now a masters student at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, is one of a handful of individuals he will single out as a good role model for today’s youth. Quoth the President:

Here in America, you write your own destiny. You make your own future.

That’s what young people like you are doing every day, all across America.
Young people like Jazmin Perez, from Roma, Texas. Jazmin didn’t speak English when she first started school. Hardly anyone in her hometown went to college, and neither of her parents had gone either. But she worked hard, earned good grades, got a scholarship to Brown University, and is now in graduate school, studying public health, on her way to being Dr. Jazmin Perez.

Congrats to Perez, who by our unofficial count is the first member of the class of 2009 to be mentioned by name by the President in a high-profile public address — and a controversial one at that!