Classroom Champions: Waco High's Hope Aguilar

Published: Apr. 30, 2020 at 4:20 PM CDT
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There hasn't been a year at Waco High that Hope Aguilar wasn't on the soccer team. The three-year starter is a two-time all-district honorable mention goalkeeper.

"I've made lifelong friends playing soccer, and my leadership and communication skills have grown throughout the years," Aguilar said. "I think soccer has positively contributed to my physical fitness, confidence and work ethic."

"I know that she's done so much," Waco High soccer coach Jesus Anaya said. "I don't know how she finds the time. She's involved with so much and she does so much for her community through different organizations and volunteer work."

She's amassed over 300 hours of community service throughout her time with the Girl Scouts and a Heart O' Texas Rodeo. After graduating from Waco, Hope plans on staying relatively close to home.

"When I was younger, I always said I wanted to go to Texas A&M and be a veterinarian because I love animals," Aguilar said. "I changed my mind a couple times throughout middle school and high school. As I got older, I realized I didn't want to invest time in a career I would not enjoy.

"I love the traditions and family atmosphere at A&M, and I'm confident I will enjoy my time there and grow as a leader. I really do feel a strong sense of belonging at A&M, and I can't wait to be an Aggie."

Hope is ranked 16th in her class out of 431.