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PD senior sets bar high
Grandmother: Grad 'impresses me by trying'By Brenda Bernet
Mickie Sena, 17, excels in her classes, works part time and competed in Austin with the Youth in Government Club this year.
She will graduate May 31 from Palo Duro High School.
Sena is excited about graduating and admits to having a little "senior-itis."
"I'm almost free," she said.
Sena attended Tascosa High School from the ninth through 11th grades, but transferred to Palo Duro this year to save money on gas.
The change meant making new friends in her last year of high school, but she had fun, she said.
At Palo Duro, Sena found enjoyment in the Youth in Government Club. Club members went to Austin for a mock trial competition.
Sena served as a witness in a mock trial of a man accused of killing a woman he dated. Students played the defense and the prosecution.
The team advanced to the finals, she said.
Sena's course load was easier this year at five classes a day, which included senior English and calculus.
Jina Pesqueda, Sena's English teacher, described Sena as a smart, kind, conscientious student who found life lessons in her studies.
"She is always well-composed and has a gentle, soft-spoken nature," said Pesqueda, a teacher with more than 25 years of experience.
"I think people want to hear what she has to say."
Sena will attend Amarillo College in the fall, though she does not know what careers interest her.
Sena said her major influences were her mother, Belinda Sena; father, Baron Sena; grandmother, Adelina Medina; and her aunt, Anna Martinez.
Sena had a challenging year, her grandmother said. Sena struggled when her parents were divorced but still kept up with school and her job as a customer service representative for Sitel.
"She impresses me by trying," Medina said. "We're very, very proud."
Medina and Sena share a close relationship, especially because Sena has lived with her "nana" for part of her life, including this school year.
"We go out to eat, talk a lot and share," Medina said. "She tells me about the guys."
Medina said graduation marks a bittersweet time for her.
"I'll cry through the whole thing," she said.
"I love all my grandchildren. (Sena's) double special."
Celebrate Education is a yearlong community project to encourage lifelong learning and help raise the education level in the Texas Panhandle.
Editor's Note: The Globe-News is profiling a student a day from May 9-29 as part of its 2008 graduation coverage. Students were nominated by Globe-News readers.
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