Get to Know: Tomball Memorial High School’s Valedictorian & Salutatorian

Tomball Memorial High School will honor its Class of 2021 at NRG Stadium on Saturday, May 29 at 2:30 PM. 

Representing the senior class as its Valedictorian and Salutatorian are Braden Box and Nhi Yen Le, respectively.


Braden Box
Tomball Memorial High School 
Valedictorian

What are your plans after you graduate from Tomball Memorial High School?
I will be attending Texas A&M as a Brown Scholar to study electrical engineering. Texas A&M is a big school, but the Brown Scholarship program will help me connect closely with people who share my interests and give me a stronger sense of community within the university. I’m excited to continue pursuing my interest in electronics at A&M and I hope to eventually secure a job with a major tech company or organization such as Tesla, SpaceX, or NASA. I believe my high school experiences have prepared me for college, so I can’t wait to see what lies ahead.

What has been the best part about attending Tomball Memorial High School?
The best part of my experience at TMHS was getting to know fellow students, teachers, and administrators, and connecting with people through common experiences and goals. The community of Tomball Memorial is a great asset and one that sets it apart from simply just another high school. Teachers were always open to questions, even if not remotely close to the actual content of the course, so I obtained a lot of “real-life” knowledge in addition to my academic studies. Student connections were also very potent as we bonded over the stress and rigor of high school, and I hope that I never forget the experiences we shared.

What will you miss the most about high school?
Right now it’s hard to say for certain, but I think I will miss my friends and teachers the most because, as I mentioned previously, the connections I formed are invaluable. I remember my freshman year, when the Roarin’ Blue Band competed at the State Marching Band Contest at the Alamodome, walking into the massive stadium with my fellow band members was like nothing I had ever experienced before. We had worked hard throughout the fall to prepare, and even though I didn’t even know everyone’s name yet, I felt like they were a second family. Through the cycle of work and reward, I have grown this connection with both my fellow students and teachers that will be difficult to leave behind.

What did you learn from your high school experience that you will take with you into college?
The most valuable lesson that I obtained from high school was time management and keeping track of scheduling. With classwork, extracurriculars, clubs, and personal activities all demanding attention, it’s important to build and maintain a schedule so I don’t become overwhelmed by everything all at once. Using a calendar or a checklist was especially beneficial to me in high school, and because college is less structured I will probably end up using these tools more often in the future to help me manage all of the tasks and events occurring.

Who would you like to thank?
I would like to thank my teachers for their flexibility, dedication, and support, which always inspired me toward achieving my best. I would like to especially thank my band directors, as they greatly influenced my character and provided me with opportunities to grow my leadership skills. Finally, I would like to thank my parents for their immense support and assistance throughout my high school journey. Their presence in my life has been perhaps the greatest blessing I have received and I hope that I will always be able to receive their guidance as I continue my journey into the unknown.



Nhi Yen Le
Tomball Memorial High School 
Salutatorian

What are your plans after you graduate from Tomball Memorial High School?
After graduation, I plan on attending the University of Texas at Austin to study at the McCombs School of Business. 

What has been the best part about attending Tomball Memorial High School?
The best part about attending TMHS has undoubtedly been my friends. Whether I've known them since fourth grade or just met them junior year, I'm so grateful I got to grow with them at Tomball Memorial. 

What will you miss the most about high school?
I may not miss the stress, or the deadlines, or the tests, but I will most definitely miss my friends. And my favorite teachers (like Jagdeo, Memeroe, and Higley, to name a few)! And the memories! 

What has been the best part about attending Tomball Memorial High School?
These past four years, I've learned to not take for granted what I have in front of me; to cherish my friends and family, to try new things, and to take advantage of whatever opportunity lies before me. 

Who would you like to thank?
I would like to thank my friends, teachers, and most importantly, my family. They've been with me through thick and thin, through late night study sessions and countless milestones. I am infinitely glad that they've been by my side and supported me my entire life.


ABOUT TOMBALL INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT
Tomball ISD educates students to become responsible, productive citizens by providing innovative, individually rigorous, and personally valuable educational experiences. Founded in 1908, Tomball ISD now encompasses 83 square miles in northwest Harris County and southwest Montgomery County, and is located approximately 30 miles from downtown Houston. The district currently educates over 19,000 students at 21 campuses.