Two of students who spent more than a decade in May ISD will move on to much larger cities as they take the next step in their education.

Valedictorian Wyatt Mote, the son of Kevin and Tory Mote, will move to Lubbock, where he will attend Texas Tech University, majoring in biology.

“I’m nervous. This has been my home for 13 years. It’s all I’m used to so it’s going to be different,” Mote said.

While attending May High School, Mote participated in football, baseball, basketball, track and field, cross country, Beta Club, class president and will graduate with a 3.87 grade point average. At the time of the interview, he just completed his AP college courses and had not begun working on his speech to his graduating class.

“I want to make it special. It’s very nerve-racking. I definitely don’t want to mess up,” he said.

Mote and Rodriguez attended May ISD since first grade and were aware of where each other sat as the race for the valedictorian spot. Mote said he competed for the top honor, but it was never a topic of conversation between he and Yadira Rodriguez, the 2018 MHS salutatorian.

“We knew it was going to be close. There were three of us so starting since high school we knew it was going to be close. It was never really talked about. I wanted it and was competing for it, but I don’t know if we ever talked about it.

Rodriguez will attend nursing school at Midwestern State University. While attending MHS she participated in FFA, softball, track, cross-country, basketball and beta. Rodriguez, the daughter of Samuel and Mina Rodriguez, will graduate with a GPA of 3.62.

“It’s definitely exciting getting out of a small town and being able to go explore,” Rodriguez said. “… As a little kid I always wanted to be a surgeon or something, but figured nursing would be a better option for me.”

With each student moving to a city more than 10,000 times the population of May, Rodriguez believes growing up in a small town will help them develop better relationships in and outside of the workforce because of their sharply honed interpersonal skills.

“I definitely think it helps you build character,” she said. “The mannerism you use in a smaller town, some people in bigger cities don’t use those and that will probably help us with our careers and getting to know people better.”