Standout Grad: Julio Bautista
Julio Bautista graduates from R.A. Long with a 3.97 GPA. Courtesy photo
  • Name: Julio Bautista
  • Age: 18
  • School: R.A. Long
  • Hometown: Oaxaca, Mexico
  • Parents: Juan Bautista and Maura Sanchez
  • Plans: Attend Eastern Washington University and study engineering

What makes him stand out?

While some seniors take only a few classes their final year of high school, Julio has a full schedule crammed with honors classes and sports. He's grown to love the challenging work and people's "surprise when they find out I'm (almost a) 4.0" grade-point average. Julio is graduating with a 3.97 GPA.

Julio is particularly talented at drawing faces. A display case at R.A. Long contains a collection of Julio's work (see photo).

What do others say about him?

R.A. Long Principal Rich Reeves said Julio is a constantly high achiever in academics, sports and art. "He's just the epitome of doing the right thing," Reeves said. "He's kind to everybody, he's not cliquish. He's always around multiple peer groups ... and he's a very humble. He's a humble leader."

English teacher Jan McIntyre said Julio is a "strong, silent type" who "holds his own in our classroom discussions."

McIntyre admires Julio's drive to take on challenging courses in high school, even when a middle school counselor advised him to take an easier path.

"Well, he didn't follow that advice. He enrolled in college prep classes and struggled at times, but he learned that from the struggle come the results," McIntyre said.

What's the secret of his success?

Julio moved to Longview from Mexico when he was 8. He didn't speak English, but had the determination to excel.

Julio credits his parents for encouraging him to work hard.

"My parents are always talking about getting good grades because they didn't go to college or finish high school," Julio said.

Julio said he studies daily from the time he gets home from school until he goes to bed at 11 p.m. - despite the distractions of living in a house with six siblings. "It's always hard to study. There's always people walking around."

Who is his favorite teacher?

Jan McIntyre, English. "She says it how it is, and she makes you think."

Also, McIntyre has helped Julio learn to enjoy writing by assigning students to write freely about any subject they chose. Julio said he's written about his favorite memories of his childhood in Mexico. He grew up on a ranch, which he describes as having "lots of open space ... There were always sunny days and we could go swimming in the river."

What is your favorite high school memory?

Playing sports, going to state in football and soccer.

What inspires you?

"Seeing people who are successful and have really good jobs." Julio wants a career that is "not just hard labor. It's using your mind."

What was your hardest class or most difficult obstacle to overcome in high school?

"Trying to get good grades with everything going on," he said. "Sometimes it seems impossible, but somehow you'll always get it done."

If you could talk to anyone, living or dead, who would it be?

President Barack Obama. "He has overcome a lot. He seems like he knows what he's doing. ... He's confident and approachable."

Favorite activities/hobbies:

Playing soccer, working with tools, drawing and painting.

Favorite music:

Hip hop, R&B and Mexican music.

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