Siblings bond over books, good grades
March 16, 2013 at 10:04 p.m.
Updated March 15, 2013 at 10:16 p.m.
VISD 2013 Board Excellence Award Winners
Aloe Elementary School
fifth grade: Rahni Hingoranee, Dawson Holly, Jacob Padron, Elizabeth Pena, Edward Rodriguez, Jade Thomas
Chandler Elementary School
fifth grade: Isaiah Aragon, Shelby Austin, Jaden Charleston, David Keyser, Morgan Kimbrough, Kallie McLeod
Crain Elementary School
fifth grade: Logan Blanton, Kaylee Cavazos, Antonio Murillo, Lazaro Perez, Cyra Smith
De Leon Elementary School
fifth grade: Isaiah Davis, Grace Hunt, Kendall Karnowski, Jalyssa Lewis, Blake McManus, Trent Nieto
Dudley Elementary School
fifth grade: Daniela Azevedo, Cristina Cervantes, Sadie Duran, Aysha Izaguirre, Sienna Sims
F.W. Gross Elementary School
fifth grade: April Garcia, Chalee Inmon, Keilan Rader, Adrian Rodriguez, Alazai Tapia
Guadalupe Elementary School
fifth grade: Kamryn Reese Barnett, Joshua Ray Campos, Dylan Duwayne Perkins
fifth grade: Audriana Cervantez, Alondra Marquez, Juan Mujica, Melissa Santa Maria, Mary Villarreal
Mission Valley Elementary School
fifth grade: Elizabeth Adams, Kastin Heinold, Nathan Umphres
O'Connor Elementary School
fifth grade: Madison Barnes, Madison Escalante, Destiny Hodge, Mallory Perez, Brenae Williams
Rowland Elementary School
fifth grade: Andre Amison, Darren Cano, Gabrielle Huber, Paden McDonald, Macey Murray
Schorlemmer Elementary School
fifth grade: Julia Clark, Rama Hamoudah, Jenna Schaefer, Sage Spivey, Isabell Veit
Shields Elementary School
fifth grade: Michael Asuncion, Alyssa Gamez, Ean Palmquist, Cassidy Verde, Christopher Wagner
Smith Elementary School
fifth grade: Jagar Ashton Peyton Stephens, Lizette Alejandra Tavares, Emerald Marie Trevino, Alyssa Eraine Villarreal, Leilani Janae Wimbush-Gay
Torres Elementary School
fifth grade: Mikayla Dinkins, Jazmine Estrada, Isaiah Garcia, Angela Robles, Karina Sanchez
Vickers Elementary School
fifth grade: Piper Elizabeth Kallman, Dawson Cade Mozisek, Peyton Elizabeth Quimby, Madison Joy Samford, Brittany LeAnn Usoff, Branton Allen Winkenwerder
William Wood Elementary School
fifth grade: Emileigh Kate Burow, Kirk Richard Fitzsimmons, Michael Joseph Powell
Cade Middle School
sixth grade: Akeitha Green, Grant Henry, Marcus Hermes, Zoie Lowery, Ariana Mendoza, Ansliee Stehling, Mariana Velasquez
seventh grade: John Buchanan, Michael DiSanto III, Emily Lowery, Vy Nguyen, Blake Schmidt
eighth grade: Peyton Dailey, Kassandra Gongora, Xochitlinda Gonzalez, Varshini Kumar, Travis Tadlock
Howell Middle School
sixth grade: William Conway, Gabriel Domingo, Therese Eamiguel, Lauren Johnson, Kagan Migl
seventh grade: Benjamin Biles, Lauren Cortez, Sarah Diebel, James Janecka, Peyton Williams
eighth grade: Samantha Beck, Edward Ebner, Elizabeth Martinez, Daniel Shay, Claire Wang
Patti Welder Middle Magnet School
sixth grade: Erica Rose Bosquez, Jacynth Belangue Cuison, Marco Malone Dileo, Emery Rose Flores, Charles William Settles
seventh grade: Erick Aaron Cruz, Yu Feng Liang, Megan Michelle Marek, Ashton Marie Maughan, Cheyenne Kate Migl
eighth grade: Cross Antonio Chambers, Kathryn Victoria Delgado, Esmeralda Lizbeth Mazuca, Jeremiah Nathaniel Mendez, Kaitlin Sky Sulak
Stroman Middle School
sixth grade: Michea Bell, Sarah Fikac, Tooba Haris, Yoeni Huerta, Chloe Vivian
seventh grade: Amber Acuna, Avery Krohn, Corban Ramos, Gabrielle Valenzuela, Jonathan Zelaya
eighth grade: Alexandrea Arciba, Marissa Boutin, Analissa Cruz, James Easton, John Sanchez, Alanah Torres
ninth grade: Reid Goodwine, Taylor Hamilton, Danielle Jenkins
10th grade: Kimberly Fortner, Logan Nelson, Dalia Salas
11th grade: Alondra Acuna, Bailey Mendoza, Sophia Muzquiz
12th grade: Brenda Garrett, Isabella Muzquiz, Tiffany Salinas
Victoria East High School
ninth grade: Olivia Carroll, Katie Carter, Star Chambers, Laurynn Garcia, Kelly Hoff, Carmen Leos, Amber Martinez, Mashhood Nielsen, Meagan Roy, Jasmine Yang
10th grade: Erica Ronshell Barnett, Evan Eshan, Summer Danielle Gregurek, Kaylee Huang, Angelica Lopez, Alan Olmos, Austin James Smolik, Teresa Wang, Case Dane Winter,
Rachel Kaylin Wood
11th grade: Albert Chen, Alyse Dominguez, Andrew Jing Lam, Paige Nicole Mareth, Shahed Nielsen, Carolyn Michelle Norris, Iliana Lorraine Reyna, Heidi Ann Shay, Monica Danielle Smith, Florence Ming-Yin Sung
12th grade: Aubrey Bleier, Greta Carlson, Melissa Clark, Jehu Garcia, Heather Grosenbacher, Claire Hickner, Tori Lev, Steven Lin, Kylie Newbern, Hailey Stirneman
Victoria West High School
ninth grade: David Ross Braune Jr., Kevin Michael Clark, Shelby Nicole Hardt, Lucas Austin Kabela, Jacob Cole Albert Lieber, Bao Duy Nguyen, Joseph Michael Rigdon, Brenna Nicole Sestak, Jessica Leigh Shaulis, Jacqueline Joan Van Metre
10th grade: Emma Marie Andruss, Natalie Lauren Clark, Mary Elizabeth Ellis, Benjamin Luke Fogal, Kayla Paige Garrett, Marlen Levario, Rebecca Katelyn Moore, Benjamin Andrew Morgan, Zoe Bo-Yee Ng , Kavita Amy Pradip Parekh
11th grade: Charles Ray Bennett, Kindle Katherine Burns, Sage Marie Harrison, Ellen Marie Hermes, Rachel Anne Innocenti, Katharine Stuart Klimist, Charlsa Ann Matson, Daniella Jenean Navarro, Breanna Belle Newyear, Breanna Jo Takacs
12th grade: Taylor Jae Anderson, Andrea Michelle De Los Santos, Heather Michelle Donovan, Ashley Renee Fajkus, Cabott James Hanes, Malorey Ann Kresta, Garrett Cole Rother, Christobal Andres Saenz, Ashton Lane Slaughter, Aaron James Zapalac
IF YOU GO
WHAT: VISD Board Excellence Awards
WHEN: 6 p.m.-7 p.m. Monday
WHERE: VISD Fine Arts Center, 1002 Sam Houston Drive
Harrison Garrett, 19, remembers when he first felt like he could start having real conversations with his younger sister, Kayla Garrett, 15.
All it took was a few reads of "Harry Potter," to help bridge a relationship strained by three years of maturity and life experience.
"We were able to develop a common ground through books," the Baylor University freshman said. "'Harry Potter' was the first book we shared in common, and the 'Legend of Drizzt' brought us even closer."
Ever since she can remember, the Victoria West High School sophomore said, she's always looked up to her older brother.
While sipping away on frappuccinos Thursday afternoon at Starbucks off Navarro Street and Zac Lentz Highway, the Garrett siblings wore sterling silver necklaces only worn by Victoria West marching band members.
When asked what they stood for, Garrett responded in serious tone, "The first rule of Fight Club is you don't talk about Fight Club."
Garrett was in town for spring break from Waco.
"He's always been an inspiration to me because he's not afraid to be who he is and express his ideas," Kayla said. "It's not so much that I live under a shadow, but more like I have to fulfill one."
Kayla said she is tied for the sophomore salutatorian spot at her high school.
The eldest brother walked away from his high school graduation as salutatorian and a six-time recipient of the Victoria school district Board Excellence Award.
The award is given to students for achieving good grades, a minimum amount of unexcused absences and overall conduct.
"Sibling rivalry is a social convention," remarked the freshman mechanical engineering major. "There's a difference between being competitive and making it all about the competition."