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Posted: March 15, 2021

Selfless Senior Spotlight: Isaiah Baca

Isaiah Baca of Valley High School

“A smile is the most impactful action that inspires me to do my best and strive for success. Being raised with old-fashioned values has presented me with many wonderful opportunities. I am extremely grateful, especially for my family who supported me in all my desires.  Whether it was playing basketball, paintball, traveling, fishing, hunting, riding my four-wheeler, or helping me build my dream car. Most importantly they always encouraged me to excel academically. My father being a five-time cancer survivor and my mother being on a feeding tube for 10 years has driven my passion to become a doctor. My goal is to become a reconstructive plastic surgeon here in New Mexico and give back to a community that has given me so much. I’m grateful that I was able to be involved in UNM’s Curanderismo health fairs, Health Careers Academy, and I received the Vanetta Perry award in the New Mexico’s State Science Fair. I’m proud to have volunteered to altar serve at Holy Family Parish each Sunday for the past 11 years. My favorite aspect was witnessing the smiles of those who I had helped and I hope in becoming a plastic surgeon that I can offer care to those with deformities and give them confidence that shows in their smile.

When I graduate high school my hope for Albuquerque is that even though we are struggling during this dark pandemic, that we can stick together and persevere as a community.”