Every year the Victoria Advocate honors the top two graduates in the high school graduating classes in the Crossroads. Below is a brief insight into their accomplishments and their plans for the future.

A request for information was sent to all public and private high schools in the Crossroads, as well as published in the newspaper. If your school is not listed, it means the students or schools chose not to participate.

Goliad

Valedictorian

Kelly Renae Thomas

  • Age:
  • 18
  • Parents:
  • Becky McDonald and Mike Thomas
  • Achievements:
  • Scored 1,380 on SAT; Volleyball Academic All-State 2015-18; Mirabeau B. Lamar Leadership Award and the Goliad Masonic Lodge 2018; first place in District Rotary Speech Contestant 2018-19 and first place in area, 2019.
  • GPA:
  • 5.7745
  • Immediate plans:
  • To attend Texas A&M University at College Station to major in Biomedical Sciences on a path to become a pediatrician.

Salutatorian

Michael Cosper

  • Age:
  • 19
  • Parents:
  • Leona and Darrell Cosper
  • Achievements:
  • Scored 1,360 on SAT; state qualifier in UIL calculator applications three years; ICEA Arena Robotics Competition state qualifier; tennis regional qualifier three years in a row.
  • GPA:
  • 5.6627
  • Immediate plans:
  • To attend Texas A&M University at College Station to pursue a degree in electrical engineering.

Hallettsville

Valedictorian

Hannah Bludau

  • Parents:
  • Tom and Gayle Bludau
  • Achievements:
  • Member of the National Honor Society, obtained highest honors each six weeks and participated in UIL Mathematics and Number Sense advancing to regionals, named a National Honor Society National Scholar.
  • Immediate plans:
  • To attend Texas A&M University at College Station in the fall. She has been accepted into the College of Engineering, where she plans to pursue a degree in Biological and Agricultural Engineering.

Salutatorian

Alice Carroll

  • Parents:
  • Traci and Wade Carroll
  • Accomplishments:
  • Varsity volleyball team for three years and co-captain senior year; served as president of the Rotary Interact Club and received many awards for academic excellence; advanced to state three years in a row on the FFA range team.
  • Immediate plans:
  • To attend Texas A&M University to major in geology.

Sacred Heart

Valedictorian

Madeline Boone

  • Age:
  • 17
  • Parent:
  • Lisa Boone
  • Achievements:
  • Valedictorian; National Honor Society member, 10-12; High Honor Roll, 9-12; Hallettsville Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Senior Student; Student Council president, 12; TAPPS Band State champion, 9-11; Leo’s Club Member, 9-11, secretary, 12; TAPPS Art State Meet
  • medalist, 11;
  • Volleyball second team
  • all district, 12
  • GPA:
  • 100
  • Immediate plans:
  • To attend Texas A&M University in College Station to pursue a degree in civil engineering.

Salutatorian

Stacie Sykora

  • Age:
  • 18
  • Parents:
  • Dale and Lynette Sykora
  • Achievements:
  • Salutatorian; National Honor Society 10-12, president 12; High Honor Roll 9-12; Yearbook
  • co-editor 12
  • GPA:
  • 99.95
  • Immediate plans:
  • To attend Texas A&M University in College Station to pursue a bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture.

Victoria East

Valedictorian

Lauren Nicole Johnson

  • Age:
  • 18
  • Parents:
  • James and Cheryl Johnson
  • Academic Achievements:
  • Graduated summa cum laude; top five student for the past eight years; competed in UIL Spelling competitions; participated in the televised “Knowledge Bowl” and
  • the KEDT challenge.
  • GPA:
  • 4.0
  • Immediate Plans:
  • To attend Texas A&M University in College Station to pursue a major in mathematics

Salutatorian

Anne Marie Therese Alcazar Eamiguel

  • Age:
  • 18
  • Parents:
  • Felix and Evelyn Eamiguel
  • Academic Achievements:
  • Top 10 student for the past eight years; graduated summa cum laude; TPSP District winner for two years; participated in Speech and Debate competitions
  • GPA:
  • 4.0
  • Immediate Plans:
  • To attend University of Texas-Austin to pursue a degree in communications

Industrial

Valedictorian

Monica Chavarria

  • Age:
  • 18
  • Parents:
  • Marco A. and Nelia Chavarria
  • Achievements:
  • Valedictorian; National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholar; UIL State second place spelling team; received best of show for Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo School Art Program.
  • GPA:
  • 107.80487
  • Immediate plans:
  • To transfer from Victoria College to Texas A&M University to pursue a masters in architecture.

Salutatorian

Breann Marie Kloesel

  • Age:
  • 18
  • Parents:
  • Freddie and Stacie Kloesel
  • Achievements:
  • Salutatorian; class officer 2015-19; 2018 Grace Journey Teen director; Gold Medal and Best of Show artwork at Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo
  • GPA:
  • 106.69696
  • Immediate plans:
  • To attend University of Houston-Victoria to pursue a career in occupational therapy.

Nordheim

Valedictorian

Alexandra Brooke Hubbell

  • Age:
  • 18
  • Parents:
  • Joshua Austin Hubbell
  • Achievements:
  • Miss NHS 2019; Lady Pirate of the Year 2019; FFA Chapter president 2018-19; A Honor Roll 2015-19.
  • GPA:
  • 96.0
  • Immediate plans:
  • To attend North Center Texas Collage and transfer to Texas Women’s University to become a nurse practitioner

Salutatorian

Thomas Ray Hale Jr.

  • Age:
  • 18
  • Parents:
  • Thomas Ray Hale and Kelly Renee Stone
  • Achievements:
  • Salutatorian; National Honor Society; A/B Honor Roll
  • GPA:
  • 94.53
  • Immediate plans:
  • To work on a drilling rig.

Moulton

Salutatorian

Caleb Joseph Nieto

  • Age:
  • 18
  • Parents:
  • Edward and Bernadette Nieto
  • Achievements:
  • Named to the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches Academic All-State Team; received the University Interscholastic League Scholar Award; inducted into the National Society of High School Scholars; School Winner of the Wendy’s High School Heisman Award honoring students who have excelled academically and athletically; received All A’s Honor Roll throughout high school.
  • GPA:
  • 4.0
  • Immediate plans:
  • To attend Victoria College to pursue a degree in business management

Shiner

Valedictorian

Lillian “Lily” Clare Egan

  • Age:
  • 18
  • Parents:
  • Mark and Martha Egan
  • Achievements:
  • TGCA and Texas Army National Guard 1st Team Academic All-State Cross Country and Track teams; four-year regional qualifier for Science UIL; third place regional Citizens Bee; Varsity Cup Student Athlete of the Year for Cross Country.
  • Immediate plans:
  • To attend the University of Texas at Austin to pursue a degree in biology as a pre-med student

Salutatorian

Emily Marie Cerny

  • Age:
  • 18
  • Parents:
  • Steven and Donna Cerny
  • Achievements:
  • Team and individual regional qualifier in Literary Criticism for UIL; Poetry Interpretation Regional Qualifier for UIL; Alternate to State UIL in Extemporaneous Informative Speaking; Academic All State in volleyball and softball.
  • Immediate plans:
  • To attend
  • the University of Texas at Austin
  • to pursue a business degree

Victoria West

Valedictorian

Marguerite Mae Hendrix

  • Age:
  • 18
  • Parents:
  • Carrie and Ed Hendrix
  • Achievements:
  • Student Council president; president of NHS; first place at TPSO District Showcase 2018; class office sergeant-at-Arms
  • GPA:
  • 108.0133
  • Immediate plans:
  • To attend University of Texas at Austin to major in radio, television, film

Salutatorian

Carly Elizabeth Oracion

  • Age:
  • 17
  • Parents:
  • Joann and Paul Oracion
  • Achievements:
  • Varsity golf three years; vice president of NHS; Crossroads Strings College orchestra (violin); district musical
  • (3 years)
  • GPA:
  • 107.7549
  • Immediate plans:
  • Plans to attend Trinity University to major in mathematics

St. Joseph

Valedictorian

Pranav Jain

  • Age:
  • 17
  • Parents:
  • Dr. Arun and Naveen Jain
  • Achievements:
  • 2019 National Merit Commended Scholar; first place in the University of Houston Victoria Math Competition; placed in Top 10-20 percent in International Junior Breakthrough Challenge; TAPPS State Swim Meet Qualifier; National Honor Society Member
  • GPA:
  • 101.624
  • Immediate plans:
  • Plans to attend Texas A&M University – Engineering to Medicine (E2M) Program

Salutatorian

Angelina Cecile Vincent

  • Age:
  • 17
  • Parents:
  • John and Jennifer Vincent
  • Achievements:
  • National Honor Society; Theatre Victoria Summer Internship; STJ student ambassador; STJ academic excellence top 5-4 years
  • GPA:
  • 100.648
  • Immediate plans:
  • To attend St. John University in New York to pursue a degree in psychology

Yoakum

Valedictorian

Griselda Portales-Hernandez

  • Age:
  • 18
  • Parents:
  • Edgar and Luz Maria Portales
  • Achievements:
  • Served as NHS president; received the fourth Degree Knights of Columbus Citizenship Award; received Honor Roll all four years of high school; earned a gold shirt at RYLA.
  • GPA:
  • 4.47
  • Immediate plans:
  • To attend Texas A&M University at College Station to major in recreation, parks and tourism sciences, with a focus in youth development

Salutatorian

Cutter James Braun

  • Age:
  • 18
  • Parents:
  • Shawn and Melanie Braun
  • Achievements:
  • Named the Yoakum Chamber of Commerce Leader of Tomorrow; voted on by the Yoakum HS faculty as the Best All-Around Boy; served as Student Council president; served as class president all 4 years of high school.
  • GPA:
  • 4.39
  • Immediate plans:
  • To attend Baylor University to major in biology pre-med, with the intention of becoming an orthopedic doctor, specializing in sports medicine

Ganado

Valedictorian

Chelsea Sophia Rohrman

  • Age:
  • 18
  • Parents:
  • Cynthia Flores, and Eloy and Veronica Rohrman
  • Achievements:
  • Valedictorian; president of National Honor Society; Honor Roll all four years of high school; accepted into UT Freshman Research Initiative Program
  • GPA:
  • 4.24
  • Immediate plans:
  • To attend University of Texas at Austin to pursue a masters degree in medical laboratory science.

Salutatorian

Emily Elizabeth Bubela

  • Age:
  • 18
  • Parents:
  • Wayne and Diane Bubela
  • Achievements:
  • Salutatorian; American Legion Citizenship Award; 3-time state qualifier in 4-H Foods and Nutrition; state qualifier in flute ensemble
  • GPA:
  • 4.21
  • Immediate plans:
  • To attend Texas State University to pursue a degree in nursing.

Shiner St. Paul

Valedictorian

Christine Wagner

  • Age:
  • 18
  • Parents:
  • Tim and Donna Wagner
  • Achievements:
  • National Merit Scholar; National Honor
  • Society; high
  • Honors each
  • semester of high school;
  • valedictorian.
  • GPA:
  • 101.29
  • Immediate plans:
  • To attend the University of Texas at Austin to pursue a career as a physician.

Salutatorian

Riley Johnson

  • Age:
  • 17
  • Parents:
  • Ron and Beth Johnson
  • Achievements:
  • National Merit Commended Scholar; Girls State Commissioner of Agriculture 2019 (elected state officer); National Honor Society Scholar; two-time All-State band member.
  • GPA:
  • 101.06
  • Immediate plans:
  • To attend Texas A&M University to major in Public Health and working to become an emergency medicine doctor.

Crossroads Christian

Valedictorian

Julian Xavier Villarreal

  • Age:
  • 18
  • Parents:
  • Michelle Pena and Trent Rickman
  • Achievements:
  • As our valedictorian, Julian spent most afternoons this year helping tutor elementary students in math, and more than a few in high school.
  • GPA:
  • 3.88
  • Immediate plans:
  • To attend Victoria College then University of Houston Victoria’s STEM program to study civil engineering.

Salutatorian

Faith Kristyne Cahill

  • Age:
  • 18
  • Parents:
  • Mary Cahill and Justin Surber
  • Achievements:
  • Salutatorian
  • GPA:
  • 3.71
  • Immediate plans:
  • To attend Victoria College in the fall to pursue career working with children.
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