BCLHS Junior Citlaly Hernandez recognizes that she is blessed, and she is grateful. Citlaly and her three older brothers have parents who love them, sacrifice for them and encourage them with only one request: Earn a college degree. Like her brothers before her Citlaly intends to fulfill that wish. She knows that she is lucky to have her parents’ selfless support and the wisdom her brothers gained along the way in planning her path. She also knows she is fortunate to attend Bishop Conaty – Our Lady of Loretto High School.
The word she uses to describe her experience at BCLHS is “amazing.” Her world has expanded with new and wonderful people. At BCL she has learned to view obstacles in a positive way. She has learned that there are no limits to what she can achieve. With no ceilings in her way she plans to study aerospace engineering.
This summer she attended her dream college USC. USC Viterbi School of Engineering offers a two-week Mission Engineering Program. Citlaly was thrilled to participate in hands-on activities and to be on a team to build a robot able to grasp a water bottle and avoid obstacles crossing the room. The program provided the opportunity to explore various disciplines of engineering including mechanical, civil, biomedical and her first-choice aerospace.
Citlaly is a serious young woman. She was inducted into the National Honor Society with a cumulative grade point average of 4.37. She is also very conscientious about giving back. Citlaly serves as a student ambassador and belongs to Youth for a United World. A global issue she is passionate about is hunger and poverty. She understands that it is easy to take what we have for granted and wants to help build awareness so that people most unfortunate can have hope that someone cares for them and will help.
Citlaly is also a dancer. For the past nine years she has been involved in an after-school dance program. She dances tap, jazz and ballet. She credits dance for developing the discipline she needs to reach her goals.
She has a very full schedule as she enters her junior year with Advanced Placement Classes, College Classes and Honors Pre-Calculus. She also knows that she has the love of her family, her own discipline and a school that allows her to soar to the sky on her path as a woman of faith, learning, responsibility and vision.