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2011 Graduate – Thanida Enriquez


Thanida EnriquezFor millennia Indians traversed the El Paso area. The earliest known cultures in the region were maize farmers. At the time of the arrival of the Spanish the Manso, Suma, and Jumano tribes populated the area and today form the basis of the Mestizo culture in the area. The Mescalero Apache roamed the region as well.

The first Europeans through the Pass of the North came in 1581. In 1598 the Juan de Oñate expedition celebrated the first Thanksgiving on United States’ soil.

The Pueblo Revolt in New Mexico in 1680 forced Spanish settlers back south of the Rio Grande. Many settled along the river at the Pass of the North, primarily on the south side of the river.
For the next few centuries the Spanish settlements along the border flourished. Missions were founded at Ysleta, Socorro and San Elizario. The economy was agriculture, mining and transportation. The El Paso area was an important stop on the Camino Real that served the Santa Fe Trail and the interior of Mexico. The Rio Grande changed course a number of times.

El Paso officially became part of the United States when Texas joined the Union in 1845.
The Mexican War of 1846 assured the settlements on the north side of the Rio Grande to be part of the United States. In 1881 the railroad arrived. Business expanded rapidly, and today’s modern city developed.

In 1913 the College of Mines, now The University of Texas at El Paso, was chartered by the State of Texas.

The Chamizal Agreement that verified the boundary and the exact course of the Rio Grande through the city was signed in 1967.

The Franklin Mountain State Park was created in 1979. It is the largest urban park in the United States and features exceptional geologic history and the highest structural point in Texas.

Here is another interesting point about El Paso. This is Ms Thanida Enriquez. Thanida graduated from Citizens’ in January of 2010. She completed all four academic years with us. She completed them in less than four years too.
Thanida had attended a public high school for a while when she was younger. She struggled mightily and learned little of the basic subjects. Latter in her life she realized the value of a high school diploma. She also knew she was not allowed back in public high schools. Thanida was too old to re-enter the school system. So, at age 49, she decided it was time to finally earn a real diploma from a real school.

Thanida found Citizens’ curriculum to be very interesting. She enjoyed it so much that she has recommended it to others. We are certainly grateful for that. The desire in her for a diploma was a mere stepping stone to her ultimate goal. Thanida wanted to open her own barber shop.

Thanks to Citizens’ she has completed the next step toward that goal.
Thanida, with diploma in hand, enrolled in Pipo Barber Academy. To get her Certificate, she had to complete the program hours, successfully pass the didactic and practical examinations and complete the required number of practical procedures. She did this all with the same dogged determination she exercised when earning her diploma from Citizens’.
Thanida is now a licensed class A barber in the state of Texas. The only goal still on the table is to own her own shop. We know it will come soon.
When not cutting hair, Thanida enjoys gardening with her husband. She also loves to cook. We’re sure she’s a great cook considering she has done everything else so well.

Thanida Enriquez has demonstrated personal sacrifice, commitment and drive. She is Citizens’ High School’s obvious choice for Graduate of the Month for April 2011.

Ms Thanida Enriquez is Citizens’ High School
“Graduate of the Month” for April 2011.