Crossroads top graduates talk about plans

June 18, 2017 at midnight

McKenzi Simmons

McKenzi Simmons

The Crossroads' top high school graduates have accomplished many things locally as well as on the regional and state levels.

The Advocate gave them a chance to tell us a little about their academic careers and successes.

The following are the students who chose to participate.

Austwell-Tivoli High School

Valedictorian

Name: Sergio Rene Ruiz

Age: 18

Parents: Leticia and Alejandro Ruiz

Achievements: 17th place Veterans of Foreign Wars Voice of Democracy essay contest 2017, UIL academic regional qualifier four years in science, Refugio County outstanding senior nominee, valedictorian

GPA: 4.0

Immediate plans: To attend Texas A&M University at Kingsville to pursue a degree in engineering.

Salutatorian

Name: McKenzi Simmons

Age: 18

Parents: Leslie and Vincent Simmons

Achievements: Refugio County outstanding senior, salutatorian, District 32-1A all-academic team, UIL academic regional qualifier

GPA: 3.875

Immediate plans: Did not provide

Calhoun High School

Valedictorian

Name: Colton Blinka

Age: 18

Parents: Mark and Deann Blinka

Achievements: State UIL spelling and vocabulary champion, national AP scholar, highest academic achievement award all four high school years, advanced to National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.

GPA: 5.64

Immediate Plans: To attend the University of Texas at Austin to major in biology.

Salutatorian

Name: Tiffany Lin

Age: 18

Parents: Steven and Ellen Lin

Achievements: National Merit finalist, AP scholar with distinction, UIL first place state spelling team, second place Rotary Four Way speech contest

GPA: 5.47

Immediate Plans: To attend the University of Texas at Austin to pursue a degree in biochemistry.

Crossroads Christian School

Valedictorian

Name: Amber Elizabeth Sturm

Age: 18

Parents: Ed and Lori Sturm

Achievements: Did not provide

GPA: Did not provide

Immediate Plans: To attend the University of Houston-Victoria to pursue a degree in biology. Also plans to attend graduate school in the future.

Salutatorian

Name: Aimee Caitlyn Lucas

Age: 18

Parents: James Lucas and Lori Foester

Achievements: Did not provide

GPA: Did not provide

Immediate Plans: To attend the University of Houston-Victoria and major in business administration

Cuero High School

Valedictorian

Name: Garrett Alan Veit

Age: 18

Parents: Mark and Sammie Veit

Achievements: Valedictorian; blanket academic achievement award winner; TEAMS state qualifier; AP calculus, AP physics, and dual credit government class subject awards

GPA: Did not provide

Immediate Plans: To attend the Dwight Look College of Engineering at Texas A&M University to pursue a degree in mechanical engineering.

Salutatorian

Name: Jace Douglas Staats

Age: 18

Parents: Lee and Kim Staats

Achievements: Salutatorian, blanket academic award winner, regional qualifier for UIL science, AP physics II and DC english 1301 subject awards

GPA: Did not provide

Immediate Plans: To attend the United States Military Academy at West Point to pursue a degree in mechanical engineering.

Edna High School

Valedictorian

Name: Louis Cade Orsak

Age: 18

Parents: Shannon and Tara Orsak

Achievements: First team academic all-state football, first team academic all-state basketball, first team academic all-state baseball

GPA: 5.3133

Immediate Plans: Attend Texas A&M University to pursue a degree in engineering.

Salutatorian

Name: Kimberly Rane Ortolon

Age: 18

Parents: Scott and RaeAnn Ortolon

Achievements: National Honor Society, academic honor award dual credit algebra, academic honor award dual credit English, academic honor award pre-calculus

GPA: 5.2590

Immediate Plans: Attend the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio to pursue a degree in engineering.

Faith Academy

Valedictorian

Name: Ethan Aleman

Age: 18

Parents: Chris and Veronica Aleman

Achievements: Honor society chaplain, student council representative and chaplain, journalism editor, Victoria College dual credit

GPA: 99.41

Immediate Plans: To attend Texas A&M University to study civil or nuclear engineering.

Salutatorian

Name: Nathan Goynes

Age: 18

Parents: Dale and Laura Goynes

Achievements: Honor Society, junior varsity basketball manager, sound engineer, competitive weightlifting, Victoria College dual credit program

GPA: 98.94

Immediate Plans: To attend Texas A&M University to study software engineering.

Ganado High School

Valedictorian

Name: Matthew Kyle Bridges

Age: 18

Parents: Andy and Jeanne Bridges

Achievements: Valedictorian; highest ranking student 9-12 grades; THSCA first team academic all state in football, basketball, and baseball 2017; National Honor Society 10-12 grades.

Salutatorian

Name: Story Dupre Sudik

Age: 18

Parents: James and Lara Sudik

Achievements: Salutatorian, distinguished graduate, National Honor Society president, senior class president

GPA: 4.11

Immediate Plans: Attend Texas State University in San Marcos to pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts with an all-level teaching certification

Industrial High School

Valedictorian

Name: Greta K. Wisofsky

Age: 18

Parents: Chris and Tami Wisofsky

Achievements: National Merit Commended Scholar, fourth place state UIL mathematics team, second place regional UIL science team, National Honor Society.

GPA: 109.472

Immediate Plans: Attend Baylor University to pursue a degree in biology.

Salutatorian

Name: Jonathan Matthew Marek

Age: 18

Parents: John and Anne Marek

Achievements: Three-time ATSSB All State Band member, three-time UIL academics state medalist, five-time UIL academics region champion, UT Arlington presidential scholar

GPA: 106.65714

Immediate Plans: Attend the University of Texas at Arlington to major in software engineering.

Refugio High School

Valedictorian

Name: Kelsey Marie Lawson

Age: 18

Parents: Stefan and Kelly Walker

Achievements: Valedictorian, president's education award for outstanding academic excellence, university interscholastic scholar award, Coastal Bend College's outstanding math student

GPA: 104.500

Immediate Plans: To pursue a business degree with plans of designing her own make up line in the future.

Salutatorian

Name: Clara Denise Aguirre

Age: 18

Parents: Santos and Tina Aguirre

Achievements: Salutatorian, UIL scholastic scholar awards, outstanding student calculus, 27 hours of dual credit classes

GPA: 104.340

Immediate Plans: To attend the University of Texas to pursue a degree in nursing.

Sacred Heart Catholic School

Valedictorian

Name: Abigail Ross

Age: 18

Parents: Jack and Kelly Ross

Achievements: National Honor Society first in art history at state TAPPS, first and second place teams for the Catholic Knowledge Bowl, South Texas Blood and Tissue Bank donor

GPA: 100.40

Immediate Plans: Attend the University of Dallas to double major in English and physics.

Salutatorian

Name: Amee Rivers

Age: 18

Parents: Randy and Angela Rivers

Achievements: National Honor Society member and treasurer, TAPPS state band champions, student council twirler representative, TAPPS state academic meet participant

GPA: 100.04

Immediate Plans: Attend Texas A&M University at College Station to study chemical engineering.

St. Joseph High School

Valedictorian

Name: Brooke Lindee Reaves

Age: 16

Parents: Mr. and Mrs. Derel Reaves

Achievements: National Merit Finalist, AP Scholar, Earned more than 30 St. Joseph High School academic awards, chosen as a member of the Channel One Team OneVote

GPA: 102.268

Immediate Plans: Attend University of Texas at Austin in the Plan II Honors Program to major in business.

Salutatorian

Name: Sarah Sabbagh

Age: 17

Parents: Drs. Mohammed Sabbagh and Razan Rifaai

Achievements: National Merit Commended, Knowledge Bowl - second place senior year, third place junior year, more than 10 St. Joseph High School academic awards, National Honor Society member

GPA: 101.852

Immediate Plans: Attend Cornell University to major in industrial and labor relations.

St. Paul High School

Valedictorian

Name: Alex James Hull

Age: 18

Parents: Pat and Amy Hull

Achievements: High honors each nine weeks; president's award for outstanding academic achievement; National Honor Society; pre-calculus, earth-space science, religion academic awards senior year

GPA: 4.0

Immediate Plans: To attend McComb's Business School at the University of Texas at Austin.

Salutatorian

Name: Haley Beth Clampit

Age: 17

Parents: Rusty and Melissa Clampit

Achievements: National Honor Society; high honors for four years; president's award for outstanding academic achievement; world geography and geometry academic class awards

Immediate Plans: To attend Texas A&M University at College Station to major in agribusiness.

Victoria East High School

Valedictorian

Name: Daniel Anthony Shay

Age: 18

Parents: William and Amy Shay

Achievements: National Merit Finalist, top grades in all pre-AP and AP classes, entered a painting that ranked in the Houston Livestock Show Competition and first place in the Victoria Art League, first tennis player at East to advance to regionals

GPA: 108.3426

Immediate Plans: Attend the University of Texas to major in psychology.

Salutatorian

Name: Gregory Michael McCarthy

Age: 18

Parents: Terry and Martha McCarthy

Achievements: National Honor Society president, top grades in all pre-AP and AP classes, gained many college credits through high AP exam scores, participated in the East Band all four years, Eagle Scout

GPA: 106.6019

Immediate Plans: Attend the University of Texas to major in government.

Victoria West High School

Valedictorian

Name: Xochitlinda M. Gonzalez

Age: 18

Parents: Miguel and Xochitl Gonzalez

Achievements: Vice president senior class, summa cum laude, AP scholar, UIL top 10 percent award

GPA: 108.8519

Immediate Plans: To attend the University of Texas at Austin to major in chemical engineering.

Salutatorian

Name: Abigail Hendrix

Age: 18

Parents: Carrie and Ed Hendrix

Achievements: Summa cum laude, vice president student council, National Honor Society president, UIL top 10 percent award

GPA: 108.0936

Immediate Plans: To attend the University of Texas to study in the fine arts program with art history.

Woodsboro High School

Valedictorian

Name: Autumn Lennae Scrimpsher

Age: 19

Parents: Garth and Destiny Scrimpsher

Achievements: Graduated with associate of art degree, high honors; inducted into Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society at Coastal Bend College; received board of trustees awards for four years; National Honor Society for four years

GPA: 102.22

Immediate Plans: To attend Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi and pursue a bachelors in fine arts while specializing in sculpting and certify in dance.

Salutatorian

Name: Jessi Danielle Gonzalez

Parents: Belinda and Rogelio Gonzalez Jr.

Achievements: Board of trustees academic excellence award, presidential award for educational excellence, National Honor Society member and officer

GPA: 101.00

Immediate Plans: To attend Coastal Bend College while exploring career options and finishing core classes.

Yoakum High School

Valedictorian

Name: Weston Anders Bergey

Age: 18

Parents: William and Sandra Bergey

Achievements: Top 10 percent all four years of high school; senior drum major; National Honor Society; designing; fabricating and constructing a custom welding/utility trailer

GPA: 4.47

Immediate Plans: To attend Texas A&M University at College Station to earn a degree in construction service.

Salutatorian

Name: Kimberly Darlene Trujillo

Age: 18

Parents: Nicacio and Ligia Trujillo

Achievements: National Honor Society president, UIL spelling team area qualifier, top 10 percent all four years of high school, Yoakum Chamber of Commerce Leader of Tomorrow award

GPA: 4.37

Immediate Plans: To attend Blinn College to earn an associate of applied science degree in radiologic technology.

Yorktown High School

Valedictorian

Name: Stephen David Wagner

Age: 18

Parents: Mark and Deborah Wagner

Achievements: First team academic all-state basketball, first team academic all-state baseball, 24 college credit hours, four year UIL Academic participant

GPA: 3.6250

Immediate Plans: Attend the University of Texas at Austin to major in government.

Salutatorian

Name: Cy Walker Strieber

Age: 18

Parents: Tim and Melissa Strieber

Achievements: Four year honor student, Wildcat of the year, UIL scholar award, Chamber of Commerce student of the year

GPA: 3.709

Immediate Plans: Attend Texas A&M University at College Station.


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