Student of the Month - August 2022 (Julia Anzaldua)
"She’s just a girl, and she’s on fire.” The lyrics famously sung by singer/songwriter, Alicia Keys, are fitting for AAYLC’s August student of the month—Julia Anzaldua. Her list of accomplishments is long, and her collection of awards is large; but they have not come easily. As someone who struggles with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), the Fountain Fort-Carson High School student has had to demonstrate incredible strength and true grit to overcome the challenges presented thus far in her high school career.
Earlier in her junior year, Julia endured a bout with a dangerous bacterial infection called Clostridioides difficile (C. diff) which caused her to miss time in school. She not only recovered from the infection, but she also finished the school year with an impressive 4.15 GPA. Julia’s favorite subject is A.V.I.D.© (Advancement Via Individual Determination). That is the perfect program for the dedicated athlete who is a competitive swimmer for her high school, and whose softball record includes hitting ten home runs over the fence!
Her list of accomplishments is not limited to the classroom, swimming pool, or softball field, however. Julia also demonstrates a heart for leadership in and service to her family and community. She has helped to raise her autistic brother, volunteered to read books to elementary school students, given out free backpacks to students in need, volunteered at a camp to teach children how to play softball, and is a Link Crew leader who helps to orient and mentor incoming high school freshmen.
The aspiring criminology major names her mother, Alenna, as her mentor. Julia admires that her mother (who also happens to be deeply involved in the community) has raised two children on her own. She also appreciates that her mother is always available to help or give guidance when needed. Julia’s mother is just as proud of her and beams with pride when speaking about how much of a diligent worker and activist her daughter is. She looks forward to the impact she will have in the community. We look forward to seeing Julia at the 2023 AAYLC!