“It’s very important to me,” she said. “I hope that by being in politics I can have an impact on the community.”
Aside from her studies, Granda has dedicated time to serving the community. For years, she has been involved with Gwinnett United In Drug Education, an organization that promotes drug abuse awareness and has served as a peer leader mentoring younger at-risk students.
“It has always been Patricia’s hope to leave a positive legacy behind in order to inspire other immigrants to excel, reach higher, and believe in themselves and in the beauty of their dreams,” high school counselor Beata Lech said. “Despite all her accolades, she remains humble and relatable.”
It is that same humility and poise that beamed during her valedictorian speech as her parents watched on, overcome with pride in seeing how their sacrifices have paved the way for this first-generation graduate.
“With perseverance, you can reach your objectives. I can say this from experience because without perseverance I would not have gone from a former student who barely knew her English alphabet to standing up here as the first Latina valedictorian at Collins Hill High School,” Granda said in during her valedictorian speech. “But no matter how many millions you may make or how many expensive cars you may have, always thank those that have helped you get to where you are.”