By RAY QUIROGA
Port Isabel-South Padre PRESS
Don’t be surprised to read Alexa Ocean Ray’s name rolling at the end of movie credits in 10-15 years. While many people her age — and twice her age for that matter — are barely discovering themselves and what they want out of life, Alexa knows exactly what she wants and what she wants to do, and that’s directing major motion pictures.
In her own Spielbergian fashion, Alexa has already “directed” a few, made-for-YouTube type shorts.
But that’s not all Alexa is about. A top notch student, community volunteer, band member, and varsity cheerleader, Alexa was recently recognized with a prestigious scholarship award from the United States Border Patrol.
Dubbed the “Head of The Class” scholarship, Alexa competed Valley-wide for a fixed number of awards.
With a 4.0 GPA, Alexa easily met the selection committee’s scholastic criteria of a B+ average and she’s currently ranked fourth in her class.
She’s also on path to record 33 college hours upon graduation.
Not only does Alexa dedicate her time to her studies, she also dedicates her time to band, cheerleading, NHS, theater, and Junior Leadership and always with that contagious smile, her counselor, Elsa Hofstetter noted.
Alexa’s teachers and counselors have described the student as a role model for fellow students, and an individual who displays remarkable maturity, perseverance, honesty and integrity.
“Alexa is not afraid of challenges, or to try something new,” Hofstetter wrote on Alexa’s application, adding, “She is definitely very driven.”
The 17-year-old Tarpon senior hopes to enter The University of Texas at Austin upon graduation in May and major in mass communications and film.
She is the daughter of Bryan and Mary Ray of Laguna Vista.
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