Valley Valedictorians: Satya Holla, South Texas ISD Science Academy


              The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the lives of students dramatically. From in-class sessions to distant learning, most affected in all of this is the graduating class of 2020. To honor each class and the hard work they have put in, CBS 4 is honoring valedictorians from each campus across the Rio Grande Valley on CBS 4 Valley This Morning.

MERCEDES, Texas (KVEO) —Satya Holla is the valedictorian for South Texas ISD Science Academy.

For Satya, the quarantine has challenged him to stay on top of his work. Like so many seniors CBS 4 has featured, not seeing his friends in his last year in high school has been frustrating. This lockdown takes a new level of discipline to maintain good grades and complete courses. He says he’s figured out a new routine to school – taking both high school and college courses.

The bigger curveball was when his classes went online. His high school lightened the workload, but his college courses kept pace. 

“I was stressed for a little bit because I was taking classes like STC. Unlike my school, they didn’t adjust the workload at all. That made it hard to keep up.”

He did adapt. His only worry now is what may happen in happen in the fall.  

“I just hope I can attend fall like college in the fall, I’m not sure if it’ll happen though. I’ll take online classes there, I’m sure they’ll offer online classes in the spring, but I think it gets rid of the college experience.” 

Through it all, he’s kept his goals in focus. 

“I’m really passionate about physics, because my physics teacher is really good, but lately I’ve been getting into computer science because of the courses I’ve been taking at STC.” 

He plans to attend MIT in the fall. He’s considering studying physics. His school plans to have a virtual graduation.

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