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Local business owner's daughter attends National competition; Passes on senior prom to attend

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FERRIS- Valentina Enriquez is proud to have represented Texas in a national competition, held in Washington D.C., May 4 through 8. She is the only female from Texas to advance to the national level in advanced accounting. 

“What has defined my senior year so far is my accomplishment in academic competitions, specifically making it to Nationals in Advanced Accounting,” said Enriquez.

“She’s not just one of the bunch,” said her father Jose Valentina, owner of El Mexicano Grille, Ferris, the whole family is proud of her many accomplishments.

While competing in UIL events, she also competed in Business Professional of America (BPA) competition at Regional, State and National levels. Capturing first in Regional, fifth at State and qualifying for Nationals, in BPA Advanced Accounting. 

She will graduate “distinguished” in the top 1 percent of her class, out of more than 600 students, from Westfield High School, Houston. 

Enriquez has already been accepted to the Business Honors Program at the University of Texas, Austin starting in the fall semester.  

Keeping it in the family, one of the students on her team, was younger sister, Coral. She will be attending Ferris High school in the fall and also wants to compete in the annual UIL competition. 

“She is a wonderful sister and I am extremely proud of her,” said Coral of her sister as she added with a wink, “she is of me too!” 

Enrique’s  team swept all of the practice meets taking first place as a team. The team then competed in “Invitational’s” held in Houston, Magnolia, and College Station before District competition, placing first as a team, and Enriquez placed first in each competition.

“In early January I competed for my schools chapter of an organization called Business Professionals of America in the event titled Advanced Accounting, there I competed at the Regional level against other students and took home First Place and advanced to the State Competition at Fort Worth, that took place in March,” said Enriquez.

“At State Competition, I took fifth place, making me the only student from my entire district and the only female from Texas, to advance to this stage of competition, nationals!” 

“Despite the honor it is to attend the State UIL competition, I was forced to choose what I would attend, as all of the following are the same exact weekend, I had to choose from attending the National BPA competition in Washington, the State UIL competition at Austin or my senior year prom. 

“It was a difficult decision and I finally went with what my heart told me. I wanted to explore Washington DC, to experience the excitement of being there once before my college years and this was my chance.”

Enriquez placed fourth in National competition out of 62 students from across the United States. She is the first women against males to achieve such recognition. 


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