Jesus Robles has a simple recipe for success: “Just keep going. Put in the work and the results come by themselves.”
The strategy paid off for Robles, who was named salutatorian of the Nogales High School Class of 2019 earlier this year, an achievement that left him “speechless.”
In addition to his academic success, Robles put in work outside of his classes.
A multi-sport athlete, he represented NHS in baseball and soccer, playing three seasons on the varsity soccer squad.
Through the Zonta Club, Robles helped organize community service projects like book drives, social advocacy, and collecting household goods for deported immigrants.
With the Future Business Leaders of America, he competed in a statewide contest, making a presentation on business ethics.
Robles, who is the second of three children, said that one of his role models is his older sister.
“I’ve learned a lot from my big sister especially,” he said. “Putting myself out there, and becoming involved in a lot of other things, because she would do so many things and, ‘OK I’ll do that too, then.’”
Along the way, he found encouragement at home: “My family, my mom and dad they’re really supportive with everything.”
He hopes that his younger sister, who is a sophomore at NHS, can learn from his path.
Robles’ favorite subjects are math and science, but he said that he found something interesting in all of his classes.
“All my teachers have helped me out in some way so I’m appreciative towards all of them,” he said.
After earning admission to several schools, including the University of Arizona and the University of Southern California, Robles is heading to the University of Notre Dame in Indiana next year, where he plans to study electrical or computer engineering.
Robles was not fazed by the prospect of moving away from home for college. “I think I’m ready,” he said.
“I’ve learned to be independent, somewhat,” he added. “Not entirely, because I’ve always had my family supporting me. But wherever I am, they’ll still be supporting me, so that’s good to know.”