Spotlight on Ian Rodriguez: Valedictorian and Civic Leader


Today we want to spotlight Ian Rodriguez, who recently graduated as the valedictorian of the PISD graduating class while balancing a part-time job with the City of Pleasanton. We are excited to present his journey of hard work and commitment to both academics and community service.

Ian's connection to Pleasanton is deep-rooted. He moved to Pleasanton at the age of three, attending PISD from kindergarten to fifth grade before being homeschooled and then returning to PISD for his freshman year of high school. Throughout his high school years, Ian was heavily involved in extracurricular activities, including Debate, UIL Academics, Track, Cross Country, Chess, NHS, and BPA.

Ian's path to becoming valedictorian began in his freshman year when he discovered he was ranked number one in his class. This discovery sparked a determination in him to maintain that top position. "My freshman year was my first year back in Pleasanton, and when I discovered that I was ranked #1, I made it my goal to stay there," Ian shared. By focusing on his academics and staying on top of assignments, he achieved his goal, culminating in his valedictorian honor. Ian attributes much of his success to his parents, Elizabeth Ramirez and Juan Rodriguez, commending their tremendous support in his life, and crediting his own values and work ethic to his parents.

Ian’s ability to balance school, work, and extra-curriculars is impressive. Since May 2023, Ian has worked part-time at the City of Pleasanton's Civic Center. He first heard about the job through friends and decided to apply to gain work experience. His role involves setting up for city events, managing Zumba and Yoga classes, and even dressing up as the Grinch during holiday events. Balancing work and school are no easy feat, but Ian managed it thanks to the flexible schedule at the Civic Center. "Even on stressful weeks, I was able to balance both school and work without falling behind, as my time management increased throughout my tenure at the civic center."

One of Ian's memorable moments from his job working part-time with the City of Pleasanton was playing the Grinch during Merry on Main and other holiday events where he said he had a lot of fun adding joy to our community events. Through his work with the City, Ian learned the importance of service and the impact of simple gestures. "Simple gestures like greetings and small talk can go a long way, and that is something I definitely improved in."

Ian's future is as bright as his academic record. He will be attending Rice University in the fall, dual majoring in Bioscience and Political Science. He plans to eventually attend medical school to become a dermatologist and pursue a political career at the state or national level.

Ian also wants to encourage other students to consider working with the City of Pleasanton. "Getting a part-time job may seem daunting, but working part-time at the city is perfect for students. Not only does the flexibility allow for a great work-life balance, but it is also an excellent opportunity to learn new skills and gain experience."

Ian Rodriguez's story is one of ambition, dedication, and community spirit. We want to thank him for his work with the City, as well as congratulate him on a job well done. We are excited to see him move forward to new challenges and opportunities, as he leaves behind a legacy of excellence and service in the City of Pleasanton.

If you know a student that would be interested in working part-time for the City of Pleasanton, please contact Victoria Solis at

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