A high school valedictorian in Texas gave an emotional graduation speech in which she revealed to her school and to those assembled her immigration status:

“I am one of the 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the shadows of the United States,” said Larissa Martinez, the valedictorian at McKinney Boyd High School in McKinney, Texas during her June 3rd address to the 2016 graduating class. “I decided to stand before you today and reveal these unexpected realities, because this might be my only chance to convey the truth to all of you that undocumented immigrants are people too.”

Along with discussing the importance of embracing immigrants, she shared details of the obstacles she overcame while she worked to achieve a stellar academic record.