Most high school valedictorian speeches聽cover the standard grad sentiments: Holding onto your high school memories, moving on to new challenges and adventures and being excited about whatever the聽future might hold. And why shouldn鈥檛 they? It鈥檚 often a charged, emotional and exciting time. But for Texas teen Larissa Martinez, the same old wasn鈥檛 going to cut it.

Larissa鈥檚 mom moved her and her sister from Mexico City to the United States in 2010 to escape an abusive, alcoholic husband. She worked early mornings and late into the night to support her two girls, often leaving Larissa to take care of her younger sister. Larissa found solace in school 鈥 without the Internet, the library was her access to information.聽She thrived in school, holding the top聽ranking in her year, maintaining a 4.95 GPA and taking 17 AP classes. Naturally, she was chosen to be McKinney Boyd High School鈥檚 class of 2016 valedictorian.聽And in聽a speech wise beyond most teens鈥 years, she bravely revealed聽the fact that she did it all while living as an undocumented immigrant.

Despite having filed for citizenship shortly after arriving, the family has still never heard back about their聽paperwork being聽processed. 鈥淭he most important part of the debate and the part most often overlooked is the fact that immigrants, undocumented or otherwise, are people too,鈥 Larissa says in her speech. 鈥淧eople with dreams, aspirations, hopes and loved ones. People like me.鈥

Larissa told WFFA that, in a way, she felt like she was born to do this 鈥 to bring this conversation to the table. Her mother,聽Deyanira Contreras, agrees, telling WFFA,聽鈥淸Larissa] said, 鈥榃hat do you think?鈥 And then I realized; that鈥檚 what we are. That鈥檚 what you are鈥 That鈥檚 your story.鈥

It鈥檚 the story of an estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the US, and while Larissa faced immediate backlash for her admittedly controversial admission, ultimately, she has inspired many more. With a full聽scholarship to Yale, Larissa hopes to enter their pre-med program and become a neurosurgeon. And we have absolutely no doubt that we haven鈥檛 heard the last from her yet.

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