PHARR – The Texas Migrant Interstate Program (TMIP) recently recognized 25 graduates from Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD (PSJA) as exemplary migrant students during their 2016 Association of Migrant Educators of Texas (AMET) State Conference held in South Padre Island November 16-18.  

TMIP is a special project of the Texas Education Agency Division of Curriculum that facilitates intra-and intestate coordination of information, resources and services for Texas migrant students.

Out of more than 140 students honored at the conference from various school districts in the Rio Grande Valley, 25 were from PSJA ISD. One PSJA graduate, Criselias De Jesus Rodriguez from PSJA Early College High School was also part of a select group of six named 2016 Conference Honorees. The Class of 2016 Salutatorian, was awarded a $500 scholarship. 

The following PSJA students were also recognized as 2016 Exemplary Migrant Student High School Graduates:


·      Alexis Axel Arizpe, PSJA North ECHS

·      Hector M. Belmares, Jr., PSJA ECHS

·      Eric Severo Campos, PSJA Memorial ECHS

·      Melissa Carranco, PSJA Southwest ECHS

·      Edgar E.Garcia, PSJA Southwest ECHS

·      Rene Garcia, PSJA Memorial ECHS

·      Emilio Garza, PSJA Memorial ECHS

·      Julian Gomez, Jr., PSJA North ECHS

·      Yirahi Goo, PSJA Southwest ECHS

·      Ismael Guerrero, PSJA Memorial ECHS

·      Norma Hernandez, PSJA Memorial ECHS

·      Alfredo Lara, PSJA Southwest ECHS

·      Sergio A. Llanas Jr., PSJA Southwest ECHS

·      Salma Martinez, PSJA Memorial ECHS

·      Nataly Martinez Rojas, PSJA ECHS

·      Vicente Miranda, Jr., PSJA Southwest ECHS

·      Inry Albert Nevarez, PSJA Southwest ECHS

·      Ivan B. Nunez-Aleman, PSJA Memorial ECHS

·      Maria Elena Ortiz Marquez, PSJA Southwest ECHS

·      Anthony Rangel, PSJA ECHS

·      Criselias de Jesus Rodriguez, PSJA ECHS

·      Marcelo Rodriguez Chapa, PSJA ECHS

·      Felix Alejandro Silva, PSJA Memorial ECHS

·      Stephine Solis, PSJA Memorial ECHS

·      Mariela Y. Vaca, PSJA Southwest ECHS


“Being a migrant worker has instilled in me the willingness to succeed academically,” said Stephine Solis who graduated 15 out of 474 from PSJA Memorial ECHS. “Migrant students deal with many obstacles, but are able to overcome them and achieve great things.”