This Excellence Begins With Me video celebrates a very special young lady, a Gililland Middle School student who knows no boundaries to her learning. Pamela Vega-Rios, although hearing impaired, is determined to make the most of her education, whether academically in the classroom, musically in orchestra, or socially as a cheerleader. She always puts 100 percent into everything that she does — she is constantly pushing herself to improve. It is obvious to everyone around her that Pamela refuses to let her hearing impairment hold her back — she’s determined to not only be the best student she can be but also the best person. In a few weeks, she will be honored at the City of Tempe’s YouthFest 2014 with the Courage to Overcome Award. Pamela is truly an inspiration to others!