President Obama Notes SPH Student as Example to Schoolchildren
HOUSTON - (Sept. 8, 2009) - In his address to the nation's schoolchildren on Sept. 8, President Barack Obama named Jazmin Perez, first-year student at The University of Texas School of Public Health, as a shining example for students to follow.
Stating that, "You make your own future. That's what young people like you are doing every day, all across America," Obama referenced several examples of young people who worked hard to overcome obstacles and achieve success, including Perez.
"Young people like Jazmin Perez, from Roma, Texas. Jazmin didn't speak English when she first started school. Hardly anyone in her hometown went to college, and neither of her parents had gone either. But she worked hard, earned good grades, got a scholarship to Brown University, and is now in graduate school, studying public health, on her way to being Dr. Jazmin Perez," President Obama said.
Perez, 22 , is pursuing her Masters of Public Health with a concentration in health promotion and behavioral sciences at the UT School of Public Health.
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