Talent is a gift. Character is a choice.
Because of her phenomenal wrestling career as back-to-back wrestling state champ, Adrienne Holguin is leaving a legacy as arguably the greatest female athlete to ever walk the halls at the Kingdom.
As a freshman, Adrienne made herself known by winning her first state championship. She kept the winning streak going until her sophomore year when she took the state champ title home again. Interestingly enough, those state championships didn't change her.
"I'm not trying to sound conceited but I do consider myself to be humble," said Adrienne. "All the awards I've won really don't mean that much to me. The attention was nice but I would rather talk about other things."
We'll let others speak about her. In her senior year, at the state semifinal match, Adrienne was down 5-0. With 53 seconds left, Adrienne turned to her coach’s corner and said, "It's okay, we'll be fine."
"In a stunning third period of wrestling, Adrienne pinned her opponent with 12 seconds left to move on to the state championship and, more importantly, help her team win a fourth consecutive state title," said wrestling coach Miguel Padilla. " This match not only proved what type of wrestler Adrienne is, but the type of person she is. It showed how strong her will and mind really are. She has an 'I accept it, so let's do it' type of mentality that will make her one day, a very successful person in life."
Among devoting an exceptional amount of time to obtain her wrestling reputation, Adrienne also believes in giving back to the community.
"I love volunteering," said Adrienne Holguin. "If it wasn't for work, I would do it more."
As treasurer for the Interact Club, Adrienne works with the community to help the less fortunate. But she doesn't stop there. She also volunteers at Sargent Robert Ituarte Elementary School where she assists her mother, Claudia Ware, with her special education students.
"We are proud of Adrienne," said Ware. "She works with the community and helps out the less fortunate. We are most proud of her having a heart and understanding when people are in need and wanting to help them."
Leadership is also something Adrienne brings to the table.
Aside from being an officer for Interact, she is also captain of the girls wrestling team, a member of NHS, and editor in chief for Hanks Media, the school's online magazine.
"Adrienne is the hardest-working person I have ever met," said Class of 2016 graduate Itzia Medrano. "She inspired me in so many ways to push myself to be better even though I was a year older."
She could fulfill all these positions while still being a full-time senior, having a job, and placing in the top 10 percent of her class. Adrienne plans to take her passion for animals to Texas A&M University where she will study to become a veterinarian.