Saturday, November 1, 2014

Terry Scholars: 2011-2012

Jazmin Babin
Jazmin Babin graduated in the top 5% of her class from John Paul Stevens high school in San Antonio, Texas. At her school, she actively served as the vocal music department's President, the senior class Treasurer, as well as a member of the National Honor Society. With the time not spent at school, Jazmin dedicated her service to her community. Jazmin served in outreach programs, sponsored by her church, such as feeding the homeless and tutoring grade school math. At UTSA, Jazmin will focus her studies on Musical Education in hopes of becoming a Vocal Choir Director.

Brandon Coffey
Brandon Coffey graduated from Byron P. Steele High School. He was a member of the marching and concert band for four years. He played the Alto and Bari Sax. He now attends UTSA and plans on becoming a Civil Engineer.

Claire Duge
Claire Duge attended A.C. Jones High School in Beeville, TX, where she graduated fifth in her class. During her years of high school she was an active performing and competing member of the choral and symphonic band programs. She also performed with and was captain of the Mighty Trojan marching colorguard and Genesis Winterguard. Along with these, she was part of the Academic Decathalon team, Key Club, FCCLA, Tennis Team, and National Honor Society. Through Coastal Bend College she accumulated 57 hours and was inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. Claire intends to pursue a degree in nursing. She aspires to eventually become a nurse practitioner with specializations in pediatric and neonatal care.

Ninfa Galvan
Ninfa Yaritza Galvan graduated from Zapata High School in Zapata, Texas in the top ten percent of her class. Throughout high school she participated in various community service projects such as the Blue Santa an event dedicated to provide underprivileged children with gifts during December. During her senior year she became a member of the Fidel & Andrea R. Villarreal Elementary Tutoring Program where she helped elementary school students with their homework after school. She currently plans to pursue a degree in biology and apply to the Dual Degree/ Early Acceptance Program (DEAP) and attend Dental school at the University Of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio to become pediatric dentist.

Stanislav "Stas" Gankov
Stanislav Gankov graduated from Llano High School. He was a member of the National Honor Society, the National Society of High School Scholars, and participated in UIL academics. Stanislav also founded and presided over the school's first chess club, was an assistant for his school's technology department, and has received numerous awards for academic excellence from his high school. He is pursuing an engineering degree at UTSA and hopes to work with a renowned energy company in the future.

Jesua Gutierrez
Jesua Gutierrez Tovar moved from Mexico to The United States of America in 2007. He lived in Mission, Texas for three years, and during that time attended Mission High School. During his last year in Mission High School, Jesua participated in UIL and along his team members (all newcomers)-including his two best friends from high school, being his brother one of them-placed fifth in District. It was in Mission where Jesua received several trophies, medals, and letters of recognition from his teachers, school and district. In 2010, Jesua moved with his family to San Antonio, Texas, without expecting that this sudden change would change his life for the better. During his last year of high school at Sam Houston High School in San Antonio, Texas, Jesua joined the Decathlon team and became a member of YAGA (Youth Against Gang Activity). Throughout his high school career, Jesua participated in many community service activities where he enjoyed working in community stores, nursing homes, and national parks. Jesua graduated from Sam Houston High School at the top of his class; though, he does not think he is brightest guy ever, instead, he believes that his hard work and dedication to his school work is what has taken him to college. Now, he is pursuing a Math Education career at UTSA and plans to become a Math teacher and eventually, a Math professor at a public university in the state of Texas.

Alan Littman
Capping many years at private schools with a senior year at Fredericksburg High School, Alan took advantage of the opportunity to take courses in machining, mechanical design and construction, and construction of a large experimental fish aquarium, as well as academic courses to prepare him for college. For many years he was involved in Scouting, and earned the highest ranks in both Cub Scouting and Boy Scouting. He is currently an Assistant Scoutmaster. Prone to humanitarian service, he worked on six mission trips to hurricane ravaged areas and cities suffering from poor economies and urban blight. He also performed hundreds of hours of community service at nursing homes. He plays both the bagpipes and guitar. Still active in Scouting, he has backpacked more than 100 miles at Philmont High Adventure Scout Ranch in New Mexico. Known for his ever present smile and quiet demeanor, he has been accepted at the Honors College of the University of Texas at San Antonio, where he intends to earns degrees in electrical and mechanical engineering.

Shalene Mixter
Shalene Mixter was one of the four candidates who graduated from Samuel Clemens High School with the International Baccalaureate diploma. She was also the first candidate in her school's history to receive an "A" on the 4000-word extended essay. Throughout her high school career, Shalene loved to volunteer with organizations such as Disabled American Veterans, Universal City Animal Care and Control, and her local church. She was also an active participant in the school band's 2-year champion color guard, Health Occupations Students of America, and National Honors Society. Shalene is a biology major studying pre-medicine at UTSA this year. Along with the schoolwork that this major brings, Shalene is also representing Guadalupe County in the 2011-2012 Miss Texas Teen USA pageant. After graduation, Shalene plans to attend the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. Shalene currently shadows and observes multiple prestigous surgeons and dermatologists in San Antonio to get closer to her dream of becoming a plastic surgeon.

Abigail Morales
Abigail Morales graduated from East Central High School in San Antonio, TX. She ranked 6th in her class and accumulated 53 college credit hours through the UTSA Early College Program at her high school. Activities she participated in throughout her high school career include: National Honor Society, Naitonal Spanish Honor Society, Health Occupations Students of America, Varsity Track and Field, Concert Choir, the school newspaper, and UIL Mathematics, Number Sense, and Calculator Applications. Outside of school, Abigail could be found working part-time at the local H-E-B Grocery Store or volunteering at the San Antonio Food Bank, Paws Vet Clinic, and at a children's recreational center. Abigail is currently pursuing a major in Psychology and a minor in Biology. She hopes to later continue her education in medical school to become a pediatrician or pursue graduate school and devote her time to research.

Lauren Muenchow
Lauren Muenchow graduated summa cum laude and with Distinguished Honors from Seguin High School where she was very involved as a member of the volleyball and track teams, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Health Occupation Students of America, Debutante Program, Student Body President, and National Honor Society Vice-President. She is also a proud member of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church where she was an Alcoyte and experienced a unique mission trip to New York City. Throughout her high school career Lauren received various awards including Honor rolls; school, city, region, and state athletic recognition; attending the Gold Youth Leadership Seminar; Senior Class Most Dependable, Most Successful, and Best All-Around; Seguin High School's Timmerman Sister's Award for being the multi-varsity sport female athlete with the highest GPA, and was also the Prom Queen her senior year. In 2010 she attended Texas Bluebonnet Girls' State where she ran for and was elected National Party State Chair. She is a firm believer in giving back to the community that raised you and being proud of where you're from and was consistently involved in local community service. Lauren is a member of the UTSA volleyball team and is pursuing a degree in biology. She plans to attend medical school in order to reach her ultimate career goal of becoming an anesthesiologist.

Josh O'Mullan
Josh O'Mullan is part of a military family (Air Force) and was born in Germany. He has lived in Utah and Virginia before moving to San Antonio, Texas in 2007. Josh graduated from The Winston School San Antonio in 2011 as the class valedictorian. While attending Winston, Josh participated in various clubs and organizations such as The National Honor Society, Beta Buddies, Yearbook, and Amigos in Mediation. He was also the secretary of the Rotary Interact Club, serving his community through over 350 hours of community service of a four year period towards organizations and programs including Family Services, Habitat for Humanities, the American Cancer Society, AT&T, Haven for Hope, the San Antonio Food Bank, and many others. Josh is currently attending UTSA where he is pursuing a bachelor's degree in Psychology and eventually a master's degree in the field.

Katrina Parkey
Katrina Parkey graduated from Mary Carroll High School in Corpus Christi, Texas. She was involved in a number of student activities including Junior Statesmen of America, the Executive Board of Student Council, and other various organizations. Katrina is currently majoring in Psychology with the hopes of becoming a pediatric psychologist.

Kameron Pomeroy
Kameron Pomeroy graduated with distinguished honors from LaVernia high school, where he participated in numerous extracurricular activities. He was the Treasurer of the senior class, and was also voted Most Outgoing. He was the president of the Model UN team at his school. Throughout high school Kameron enjoyed giving back to his community, and volunteered at his local church whenever he could. Kameron plans to major in Biology, and plans to study to become an orthopedic surgeon.

Harpreet Sidhu
Harpreet Sidhu graduated from a small class of 300 students a little north of Dallas. She graduated early as #5 in her class. She worked 35-38 hours in her sophomore and junior year of high school. She was involved in NHS, Student Council, Renaissance, but didn't have much time for much else. She came to UTSA for the DEAP Program, and is only focused on that. She is currently a biology major.

Alejandro Vargas
Alejandro Eduardo Vargas graduated from Gladys Porter High School in Brownsville, TX. He was involved in various activities, such as National Honor Society, Technology Student Association, UIL, Art Club, and especially his varsity tennis team, in which he lettered and enjoyed the most. He won several awards in each organization and enjoyed the satisfaction of being a member of each and every one of them. He also participated in activities off campus such as the Junior Leadership Brownsville Class IXX and was a member of his local church for several years. He is currently a Civil Engineering major at UTSA and hopes to obtain a master's degree, eventually becoming a licensed Environmental Engineer.