Janet Mendoza, a 2013 Quincy High School graduate, has big dreams. She has set goals for herself, and is well on her way to reaching them.
Mendoza is the daughter of Gustavo and Yolanda Mendoza. Her father works for Jones Produce, as does her mother. Her mother also works for Grigg Farms in the onion warehouse.
Mendoza grew up as the oldest child of three. She has one brother, Gustavo Jr, and a little sister, Daisy.
“Being a big sister was stressful for me,” said Mendoza. “I had to be a good example for my little sister.”
In high school, Mendoza played soccer, basketball and golf. She was also involved in FFA and showed a pig, which was the heaviest pig at the 2011 Junior Livestock Show. She sold her pig to the Arizmendi family.
“I was interested in agriculture and took classes from Mr. Wallace,” said Mendoza. “He was a really good teacher.”
In her junior year, Mendoza found out she was pregnant, and gave birth to her little boy, Prince.
Mendoza was determined to graduate from high school, and go one step further to attend a four-year university.
In her senior year, Mendoza entered the Running Start program at Big Bend, and completed her high school degree.
She applied to Washington State University, where she was accepted and will be attending this fall. She will be working in the child care center on campus, while getting college credits from her experience.
“I want to teach my son to write and read, and teach a lot of other children the same,” said Mendoza. “I am excited to be working there.”
Mendoza plans to use her credit hours to complete a degree in elementary education. Her parents are supportive, and will be helping her with child care as she settles into college life.
She plans to commute to and from Pullman often to see her family.
Her advice to other 2013 graduates is to further their education in an area of something that they enjoy doing. She admits that she will miss the quiet, peaceful surroundings of her Quincy home.
“A lot of us that have just graduated are a little afraid to leave home,” said Mendoza. “I want to do what’s best for me and my son. In the end, it will pay off.”