Surprised Commerce Teen Signs Letter of Intent to Play Water Polo

By City News Service

Family members and supporters surprised a Montebello High School senior Tuesday as she signed a letter of intent to play water polo at the University of Michigan, fulfilling a longtime goal.

Laura Jimenez said she decided in middle school that she wanted to be a Wolverine and vowed to stop at nothing to achieve her dream.

“All the hard work has finally paid off, with my mom making sure I was always getting good grades,” she said. “There were times where I wanted to go out or go to practice and games, but I couldn’t go because I had homework. It finally paid off!”

Montebello High School senior Laura Jimenez, center, signs her letter of intent to play water polo at the University of Michigan. (EGP photo by Nancy Martinez)

Montebello High School senior Laura Jimenez, center, signs her letter of intent to play water polo at the University of Michigan. (EGP photo by Nancy Martinez)

The Commerce teen began playing water polo at the Commerce Aquatorium at age 8, and was a four-year varsity player at Montebello. She also played water polo for her hometown, famous for producing Olympians, like Brenda Villa, in the sport.

Jimenez said she was completely surprised by the ceremony at the high school.

“It was exciting to see how many people support me and are excited for me to go,” the teen said.

She plans to study civil engineering while at the university.

Sandra Jimenez said her daughter has very strict parents who kept her on track.

“That’s been her dream university …,” she said. “Thank God she made it, and we’re going to let her go!”

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