On Friday May 25 the 2018 Mineola High School Senior Class will graduate and move on to bigger and better things. Two of the most prolific academic standouts will be recognized during the graduation ceremony. John Austin Witt was selected as the Mineola Valedictorian and Liliana Ramos earned the Salutatorian award.
While attending Mineola High School, Witt was class president, yearbook editor in chief, Fellowship of Christian Athletes president, a guest speaker at the Peace of Mind Tyler Mental Health Conference and worked several summers with the COR Leadership Team at Sky Ranch Summer Camps. In addition to competing in multiple state-level FFA contests, he has won the Texas State Historical Association’s Willie Lee Gay award for African American history research and multiple Texas high school online newspaper competitions. While balancing a 4.0 GPA Witt enjoyed spending his free time writing and using his computer. Witt is the son of Kim and Chris Witt and the brother of Caleb Witt. Austin received a full-ride, merit-based Stamps Foundation forty acres scholarship to attend the University of Texas at Austin, where he will pursue a degree in psychology through the liberal arts honors program. He hopes to later attend graduate school and become a Clinical Psychologist.
Ramos is the eldest daughter of Jose and Patricia Ramos. She also has a 4.0 grade point average and is involved in the FFA program, Anchor Club, UIL academic competitions, National Honor Society, yearbook and a student trainer for the football team. Liliana also plays on the school’s varsity tennis team and won the district championship title in girls singles and the most valuable player award. She enjoys enriching Mineola through community service projects with the Anchor Club that include brain safety awareness and volunteering her time in coordinating and assisting with community dances, festivals, and events. Following high school graduation, Liliana plans to attend the University of Texas at Austin as well as she will pursue a degree in Biochemistry. She is an aspiring pharmacist who hopes to research medication safety and effects.