American Graduate Champion: Maria Balderas

KLRU shares the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re honoring American Graduate Champions that have been submitted by the community.


Today’s champion is Maria Balderas! Maria Balderas is a student at Jack C. Hays High School in Buda, Texas. She supports, listens, helps, and most of all never gives up on anyone. Balderas was nominated to show “there is still hope in this world; good people still exist and care for the world, but most of all care for humanity,” her nomination form said. “Truly, this champion does enough just by merely being there for anyone.”

Do you know someone in our community who is working to improve high school success for students throughout Central Texas? Recognize them as an American Graduate Champion! American Graduate Champions can be students who work as mentors, business leaders who serve as role models, school officials making changes to better the system, parent activists, and even struggling students who are overcoming obstacles in order to graduate.