Christian DeLuna graduated as the Salutatorian of the Reagan County High School Class of 2022. He is the son of Victoria Garcia and Jaime DeLuna. He  received a total of $9,000 in scholarships.
Below is his address to the Class of 2022:

Good evening everyone, thank you all for being here.
To begin, I would like to thank the faculty, teachers, administration, and the coaches for all of their hard work. Without your tremendous efforts my achievements, as well as my classmate’s, would not have been possible. I would like to say a special thank you to Coach Wilson and Coach Guy for guiding me through sports and to Mr. Little for filling me with his knowledge,wisdom, and helping me with the speech.
Last but not least I’d like to thank my family and those close to me, to my Parents who raised me to endure tough times, to Jason and Shannon Glass for teaching me common sense (like that time I almost caught myself on fire with the gas stove), and to my brothers and friends for making everyday interesting.
It has been a long time arriving to this point. Not only did we survive a global pandemic, we survived the 2019 football season. Freshman year passed by in the blink of an eye, it feels like it was yesterday. It brought a lot of struggles, but it also brought great memories and life lessons. Like gaining the confidence to know that we are capable of more than we think, and the wisdom to not walk with a talkative friend in downtown Dallas to avoid almost getting dragged into a fight with gangsters.
Our Sophomore and junior year were full of twists and turns as we all took on the pandemic. I believe the biggest lesson to learn from those two years is that outside forces have a much bigger hold on our lives than we like to think. But I also believe this pandemic allowed us, on a more personal level, to reflect on how much we appreciate the people around us whenever we are forced to be apart. In my Junior year, I learned that you can’t trust your friend to cut an ankle wrap from your foot with a razor blade. At least not without pain .... or blood. But on the bright side, I am reminded of that friendship every time I put on my socks. I also learned that when it storms don’t go on your friend’s boat, because you might sink with two foot swells.
Senior year has been a good upturn from Covid. We beat Ozona at our last homecoming, so I would say we were sort of successful. And then everyone started to get injured so that was as good as it ever got. But I learned this year that I have the tendency to dress like a dad, so much so that at regionals I was called the dad of the powerlifting group.
I enjoyed watching my fellow classmates compete at the state level. Like Shyan and Ethan becoming state mixed doubles champions and my friends Justin, Dylan, Bri, Coy, and Roxanna competing at the state level for barbecue.
Now, I would like to ask my fellow classmates to take a moment to reflect on your high school years. To appreciate all the good memories you have made. To realize that you may be saying goodbye forever to being a football player, a cheerleader, or any number of things. Time is only going to pass by more quickly from here; soon we will start our careers and eventually our own families. Life is going to get busy after high school. But even when life gets busy (which it will); slow down and take a moment to reflect on the good memories you have of your time here at Reagan County High School.
Thank you.