University High School November 2016 Student of the Month

Posted on 11/01/2016

Isabel Santacruz

Grade: 12th
Academy: Criminal Justice
     Thirty years from now I want to feel confident, satisfied, and full of joy with my accomplishments as either an F.B.I. Agent or a U.S. Marshal. However, before that happy age of 48, I will attend Sam Houston State University and major in Criminology. I will become a Criminologist and study the behavior of criminals and conclude why those individuals committed the crimes they did. I have grown up dreaming about how life would be once I pursued a major as a Criminologist and doing everything possible to make that dream come true. 
     Of all the individuals I have come across in my seventeen years of life, Lori Palladino has made a huge impact on my life. She is the teacher for the Academy of Law and Criminal Justice at University High School. If it was not for her pushing me to research what career I wanted to pursue in the future I would have never come to the acknowledgment of what I wanted to do with my life. 
     I have done many things to get me to where I am today. I have attended Criminal Justice classes for the past four years and I have gained so much more knowledge about the Criminal Justice field. In the summer of 2015, I attended and graduated from the Waco Police Department’s Junior Police Academy that was headed by Officer Sophie Martinez.  At the Junior Police Academy, I had the privilege to experience many things that I enjoy having to do with S.W.A.T, F.B.I, D.E.A, the K-9 Unit, and more. I enjoyed every part of the Academy. I have also participated in Student Court and the Mock Trial team at University High School. I have also visited the Texas Supreme Court in Austin and had the honor to meet Justice Jeff Boyd. 
     At the age of 48, I want to be financially comfortable, married, and dedicated to my career. I will have a stable job with perks and benefits in a criminal justice career. I will be confident and content with my life. I want to look back on my high school years and be able to say that “all my hard work paid off” and also thank all of the adults who helped me through.