Sibley Senior Spotlight: Victor Corral
Sibley Senior Spotlight: Victor Corral
Posted on 05/02/2014
The Senior Spotlight series features interviews with Sibley seniors who have shown commitment to academic excellence and personal achievement. The series will highlight two seniors each week until graduation.

Victor Corral

Senior Victor Corral

Son of Alba Gomez and Oscar Corral, from West St. Paul 

Victor was born and raised in Mexico. When his family moved to Minnesota in 2010, Victor could not read or write in English and understood very little spoken English. He entered 9th grade at Henry Sibley that fall and took English Second Language (ESL) courses. 

As Victor worked hard to learn and improve his English, he excelled in other subject areas, including Advanced Placement (AP) Statistics. He has maintained a 3.9 GPA since his freshman year. This year was awarded academic scholarships from three different colleges. 

At Sibley, Victor joined the track and field team, Nordic skiing, and the soccer team. His senior year he was captain of the soccer team and was named All-Conference. He was also involved in ALMAS (Anglos Latinos Motivated to Succeed), a Sibley group that meets outside of the school day and focuses on service, leadership, cultural heritage and more. 

After graduation he plans to attend either Luther College or Hamline University to study Biology and eventually pursue a Master's degree. 

District 197: How has Sibley prepared you to succeed after graduation? 
Victor: Sibley provided me an ESL class to learn English, and the two teachers from this class helped me get used to the other classes. This prepared me for the classes at Sibley and for college after graduation.

Who is your favorite teacher or what is your favorite subject at Sibley?
My favorite teachers are Jessica Emery and Eric Vernon from my ESL class because I have known them since freshman year and they always help me in anything I'm having trouble with. They are always there for me.

What’s a memory from your time at Sibley that will always stay with you?
The memory that will always stay with me is when I scored my first goal with the varsity soccer team my junior year. 

What advice do you have for younger students about high school? 
When I came to Sibley, I thought I wasn't going to be able to make friends because I wasn't that good at speaking English. But then I realized that sports help you make new friends, so a good piece of advice I can give to younger students is that joining sports will help you connect with new friends. 

Any closing thoughts?
Henry Sibley taught me a lot and I had great experiences these past four years!

Read about other achievements by students in the Class of 2014:
   - Sibley Senior Spotlight: Aspen Doud
   - Kate McKay named Henry Sibley High School’s 2014 Athena Award winner
   - Henry Sibley student Jake Jaeger wins Region Triple A Award
   - National Leadership training inspires Sibley student Jose Salazar to make change
   - Sixty-five Sibley students earn AP Scholars honors
   - Three Henry Sibley seniors recognized by National Merit Scholarship Program
   - Meet the School Board's new Student Representative, Mikaela Ziegler