February

  • Gabby smiling
    Gabby Colon

    “My three years here have been enough to impact me in a big way,” she says. “GPFAA has shown me how hard people work in their art. That determination is something I will take with me, along with the love I’ve received.”

    Art Director Lena Rodriguez says, "Gabby is one of a kind. Her charisma and wit combined with her talent and drive create the type of student others are drawn to. She approaches all things optimistically and doesn’t hesitate to take risks. She is fully committed in her work and education. Our strand would not be the same without her."

    Gabby dreams of going to SAIC in Chicago.

January

  • Andres in front of a colorful wall
    Andres Juarez

    “GPFAA has expanded my passion for music, opening up different genres that I never expected,” Andres says. He also added, “Here, I’ve learned to take a breath – just to be more patient in general.”

    Advanced Academics Specialist Homero Llanas says, “Andres is well-liked and respected by both his peers and his teachers. He is a conscientious, hard-working young man who has excellent leadership skills and is always interested in supporting others in and out of the classroom. He will achieve great things in the future. I am incredibly proud of him.”

    Next year Andres will help grow the family business and major in business at college.

December

  • Elyana holds a violin
    Elyana Riddick

    “It’s been a joy ride. I love every minute of being in this school, seeing my friend’s faces every day, being in class with awesome teachers,” she says. Elyana has learned to take a step back to breathe this year “because I am as important as my academics and strand time.”

    Teen Leadership instructor Kelsi Livesay says, "Elyana is beautiful inside and out. No matter the task or title she strives for excellence. Her kindness and compassion for others sets her apart. She leads every day with a smile and will leave a lasting legacy."

    Elyana wants to help others, so she intends to pursue law, hopefully at Princeton.

November

  • Lyndon playing Cello
    Lyndon B. Huston

    Lyndon says, “With AP classes, orchestra and applying to schools, I’ve had to learn how to manage my time and make sure I’m spending time on what’s most important, which helps me keep everything in perspective.”

    Math teacher Matt Alexander says, “Lyndon is a fabulous young man. He works diligently and embraces challenges that others may shy away from. Lyndon is dedicated to success in both his art and academics. He is always willing to help others and leaves a lasting impression on his peers. GPFAA is lucky to have Lyndon as a student.”

    After graduation, Lyndon wants to pursue medicine or aerospace engineering at a university in Texas.

October

  • Alleia is in a contemporary dance pose
    Alleia Attaguile

    Alleia says, “In dance we’ve learned what it takes to dance in the real world. I’ve been given many opportunities like choreographing a show last year with my peers. Also, my academic classes are so advanced that I really feel prepared for college.” She continues, “GPFAA has helped me be more outspoken and stand my ground.” She has also learned how to teach others.

    Teacher Jennifer Gilmore Foley says, “Alleia is one of the most well-rounded, genuine, talented students I have ever had the pleasure of teaching. Not only is she a beautiful dancer and artist, but she is also an excellent student and a wonderful example to younger students. She is a pleasure to teach and always brings joy to my day – I hope that my daughter will grow up to exhibit the many wonderful qualities I see in her. Alleia has left a lasting impression on me, as she has with many others; GPFAA is a better place because of her and I have no doubt she will have a great impact on those fortunate enough to come across her path in the future.”

    Next year Alleia plans to study dance and business at a university.

September

  • Fabian in spotlight holding a sign that says "dream"
    Fabian Cortana

    “I realized if I wanted to be an actor that I needed to come to a school where they take acting seriously. Just getting to work on my art is really interesting, and every teacher here wants us to succeed, and they work hard for us.”

    Assistant principal Cheryl Butterfield says, “Fabian is an outstanding young man. He always has a positive outlook on life. In class, he strives for excellence and encourages his peers to do the same. He is always willing to lend a hand and help out wherever needed. Fabian is a great example for his peers and epitomizes our district slogan of Be Kind.”

    After graduating he hopes to be attend a university to continue his study of acting, and then he is off to L.A. to audition for as many things as he can.

February

  • Liam Smiling
    Liam Greenaway

    “I’ve really liked GPFAA. The environment is like no other school,” Liam says. “I’ve learned to really value other people’s talents. Nowhere else will you find such focus.”

    Art Director Lena Rodriguez says, “Liam is in his seventh year as a student artist at GPFAA and is a great example of a leader. Liam gracefully balances work, Scouts, school and his position as president of the National Art Honor Society. He’s always eager to help and treats everyone as a friend. His artistic talent and ambition will serve as an incredible catalyst for a bright future.”

    Next year Liam hopes to go to Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design.

January

  • Cecelia in front of a colorful wall
    Cecelia Largent

    “GPFAA has taught me to work harder,” she says. “Everybody here is really good, so you have to work hard.” She has learned determination. “You have to keep your goal in mind from the beginning to the end.”

    Vocal Music Director Joel Duarte says, "Cecelia is always willing to put in the extra time and effort to make sure her assignments are completed on time with 100% effort. She is very consistent and detail in everything she does. When a task is assigned, Cecelia is attentive to the instructions and works diligently to complete quality assignments that reflect her knowledge. Her compassionate personality makes others feel appreciated and acknowledged. Responsible, hardworking and motivated are words that describe why Cecelia is a great role model for other students."

    Cecelia has been accepted into Texas A&M and wants to study education and educational psychology next year.

December

  • Sebastian with his cello
    Sebastian Womack

    About GPFAA Sebastian says, “I like how friendly we can be to each other and get to know each other on a deeper level because our bonds have been able to grow for so long.” He has learned at GPFAA to be more understanding and mindful of the struggles others might be facing.

    Teen Leadership instructor Kelsi Livesay says, “Sebastian has a kind heart and fiercely loves and protects those around him. He is a man of character who genuinely wants the best for others. His future is limitless because he continues to strive to be better.”

    Next year Sebastian will attend an aviation academy in order to become a commercial pilot.

November

  • Melanie on a ladder holding a light fixture
    Melanie León-Tejada

    “My problem-solving skills are heightened from being at GPFAA and balancing my academics and theatre. Through theatre I have learned lighting, acting, set design and spatial work as well as social skills, communication and planning,” she says.

    Dean of Instruction Joe Beck says, "Melanie is an excellent student who has a great rapport with her peers, teachers and administrators at GPFAA. She works hard and is dedicated to her academics as well as her strand. Melanie is a great example for current and future students."

    Next year Melanie will major in journalism or social work, hopefully at Stanford.

October

  • John holding a music book
    John Dubois

    John says, “I cannot tell you how many opportunities I’ve had here. We went to All-State. Sophomore year I was the only one in Texas selected for the National Association for Music Education (NAME) National Honor Choir. And this year we’re going to China!”

    The main character trait he has learned is to be confident. “Mr. Duarte tells us before an audition, ‘Don’t get nervous because you know you are prepared from all of your hard work.  Now it’s time to go in there and just sing.’”

    Vocal Music Director Joel Duarte says, “John is an incredible role model and a diligent student. He always comes to class prepared and creates high energy and quality work that exceeds expectations. John is a remarkable learner because he is self-motivated and always challenges himself to be at his very best. He has an outstanding work ethic - John manages his time as a talented & competitive performer and always gives 100% to both his academics and fine art.”

    Next year he will attend a university or conservatory and major in vocal performance.

September

  • AliceAnn in a dance pose
    AliceAnn Mosiniak

    About GPFAA she says, “Being able to dance every day has been amazing. The community is so welcoming, and being around so many like-minded people is a great place to foster growth and positivity. It’s hard to not be happy when I’m surrounded by so many amazing people.”

    Science teacher Toni Hinds says, “AliceAnn is the type of student every teacher wishes they could have. She is incredibly tenacious and is always looking for ways to be better. She is such a bright light, even on the bad days. Her smile and laugh are so infectious. She is an absolute joy to teach and to be around.”

    After graduating she wants to go to college and major in communications, English or dance. She hopes to be a professional ballerina, and she also wants to be a religious motivational speaker.