Classroom Champions: Harmony's Mariela Razo

WACO, Texas (KWTX) Harmony School of Innovation senior Mariela Razo only gets to enjoy her new campus for a year, but it's better than no time in the new building.

"Yeah, I was like, 'Wow, this actually looks like a school,'" Razo said. "Not like our old school, which was a grocery store. We have lockers inside the wall and not sticking out."

The volleyball, basketball, softball and track athlete is one to always appreciate the little things, crediting that mindset to her parents, who immigrated from Mexico more than 20 years ago.

"We're not multimillionaires or anything but I feel like we're rich in some parts in life," Razo said. "I don't need anything, but y'all have giving me everything I need, starting with education and I can use that so I can further my own self in life and become something bigger than something they could've had the opportunity to do. That's why I do it for them."

Mariela is also a member of the National Honor Society, holds a 3.9 GPA and plans on attending the University of North Texas and majoring in biochemistry.

"She may seem really quiet at first but when she needs to say something, she will," Harmony Athletic Director Rosilyn Hall said. "She's a leader to all the other students like when we're fundraising with the senior class. She also works a lot outside of school, so she puts in a lot of time and is involved in a lot of other activities."