Twenty-four high school seniors in McLennan County are being recognized for their volunteerism and service in the 35th annual Youth Citizenship Awards sponsored by the Rotary Club of Waco and the Waco Tribune-Herald.

Five of the students will be presented as award winners at a Rotary luncheon Monday at the Lions Den. One will be selected as the Outstanding Youth Citizen. All five finalists receive scholarship money with their awards.

Judges use the Rotary Club’s motto of “Service Above Self” in choosing the award recipients.

Each nominee was selected by his or her high school. Students submitted a detailed application listing their school achievements and volunteer activities.

A letter of recommendation from someone familiar with their volunteer efforts is part of the application. The finalists also are interviewed by a committee.

 

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Kolten Hurst Axtell High School

Kolten Hurst

Axtell High School

Parents: Andrea and Ray Allen, James Hurst

Activities, honors and volunteer highlights: UIL academic team; Army Reserve National Scholar Athlete; lettered in football, basketball, baseball and track (Academic All-State); class president; student body president; Student Council; FFA (secretary, vice president); Dairy Cattle Evaluation Career Development (three-time state qualifier); Fellowship of Christian Athletes; Chess Club (president); volunteer with PALS program, Axtell Volunteer Fire Department, First Baptist Church of Axtell.

Future plans: Attend Texas A&M University to pursue a degree in sports management and a minor in business administration; goal to become a sports facilities director.

 

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Greyson Gonzalez Bosqueville High School

Greyson Gonzalez

Bosqueville High School

Parents: Willie and Jerri Gonzalez

Activities, honors and volunteer highlights: Recipient of Baylor Provost Gold Scholarship; 2012 Spanish I Student of the Year; lettered in football, basketball; baseball, golf and track (third place state medalist in pole vault, state qualifier in 300-meter hurdles); FFA; Bosqueville ag/mechanics; Antioch community youth; Fellowship of Christian Athletes; volunteer work with Antioch Community Church youth group, Project Waco mission trip, West explosion cleanup, elementary school mentor.

Future plans: Attend Baylor University, join the track team, and pursue a degree in business management and finance.

 

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Darin Allen Bruceville-Eddy High School

Darin Allen

Bruceville-Eddy High School

Parents: Richard and Lisa Allen

Activities, honors and volunteer highlights: Recipient of West Texas A&M Provost Scholarship for academics and athletic scholarship for track and cross country; cross country (4-time state qualifier, second at 2014 state meet); track (three-time regional qualifier); basketball; Beta Club (president); BEST Robotics and Video Blast team; UIL academics (science and math); volunteer work for Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots program, Bruceville-Eddy Sports Association and Lone Star Youth Football League.

Future plans: Attend West Texas A&M for degree in mechanical engineering, then get master’s in aerospace engineering; goal is to work as an engineer at NASA.

 

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Katie Gompper China Spring High School

Katie Gompper

China Spring High School

Parents: Jim and Kay Gompper

Activities, honors and volunteer highlights: Member of the UIL academic spelling team since 2012, varsity letter in UIL academics (spring 2014); member of Cougars in Action (historian); worked with school yearbook staff (contributed many photos); volunteer work with Fuzzy Friends Rescue six days a week in many capacities (including creating photos and adoption posters for marketing purposes, administrative work and feeding, cleaning and showing animals).

Future plans: Attend MCC in Baylor Bound program; pursue a bachelor’s degree in biology, and apply for medical school with goal of becoming a medical geneticist.

 

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Lauren Pardue Connally High School

Lauren Pardue

Connally High School

Parent: Johnnie Hopkins

Activities, honors and volunteer highlights: Recipient of a $48,000 merit scholarship to Colorado School of Mines; National Honor Society; American Legion Academic Excellence Award; UIL academics; Military Order of the World Wars Youth Leadership Conference (outstanding leader); Air Force JROTC (group commander); band color guard (captain); UIL One-Act Play (regional qualifier); volunteer work with Special Olympics, various veterans events, Providence Health Center, Connally food drive.

Future plans: Attend an excellent engineering college for degree in chemical engineering and graduate degree in business administration.

 

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Georgie Riggs Crawford High School

Georgie Riggs

Crawford High School

Parents: Wanda and Vernon Riggs

Activities, honors and volunteer highlights: Murchison Scholarship from Trinity University; UIL academics team (3-year regional qualifier in literary criticism, first in district and state qualifier in cross-examination debate); UIL One-Act Play (2 years, area qualifiers); senior class secretary; Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (president); Beta Club; volunteer work with the Waco-McLennan County Library, Baylor University’s Mayborn Museum, and FCCLA (various service projects).

Future plans: Attend Trinity University with interest in political science, English, communications and film studies; interest in law school or other graduate study.

 

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Sendra Camarillo Harmony Science Academy

Sendra Camarillo

Harmony Science Academy

Parent: Maria Camarillo

Activities, honors and volunteer highlights: National Honor Society (vice president); College Readiness Leadership Program; Upward Bound; Principal’s Award; President’s Award; graduation committee (treasurer), Math League/Club (third place at regionals), robotics team (co-captain and programmer); prom committee (treasurer); volunteer with American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, Muscular Dystrophy Association, Adventurer Club (working with young kids).

Future plans: Attend Southwest Adventist University to pursue a degree in business/finance, and then pursue a master’s degree.

 

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Ana Maria Gallegos La Vega High School

Ana Maria Gallegos

La Vega High School

Parent: Graciela Ojeda

Activities, honors and volunteer highlights: National Honor Society (parliamentarian, vice president); Upward Bound at MCC; (president of student council); UIL academics (social studies); PALS program; VOICE/CAP Program (college achievement program); marching and concert band, newspaper (editor) and yearbook (business manager); Spanish Club; volunteer work with Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center, Providence Health Center, Carter Blood Care, DCYC Catholic retreat, Baylor Christian Leadership Camp, Food for Families.

Future plans: Pursue degree in nursing; hopes to become a nurse and travel to countries to help their citizens.

 

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Elizabeth Holmes Live Oak Classical School

Elizabeth Holmes

Live Oak Classical School

Parents: Chris and Dawn Holmes

Activities, honors and volunteer highlights: Baylor University Academic Scholarship; National Honor Society; St. Catherine of Sienna Service Award; English Academic Award; Choir Award; TAPPS One-Act Play (first team all-state); varsity cheerleader; student government; prom committee; mock trial (best advocate at regionals, state qualifier as team); volunteer with Woodway Youth Commission, Waco Symphony Belles, Providence Health Center, Hope Therapy Center, Harris Creek Baptist Church.

Future plans: Attend Baylor University to pursue a double major in environmental studies and communication studies, then attend law school.

 

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Kolby Kayworth Lorena High School

Kolby Kayworth

Lorena High School

Parents: Timothy and Deana Kayworth

Activities, honors and volunteer highlights: Baylor University Provost Gold and Miss Waco Outstanding Teen 2014 scholarships; National Honor Society (officer); PALS; varsity cheer (captain, four-time NCAA All-America honors); track (state finalist); volleyball (Academic All-District); student government; Spanish Club; created Teens C.A.N. volunteer program; other volunteer work with Heart of Texas Fair and Rodeo Sweetheart program, Special Olympics, American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, American Heart Association, Teen Leadership Waco.

Future plans: Attend Baylor University to pursue a degree in business/marketing, and perhaps law school.

 

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Britney Connally Mart High School

Britney Connally

Mart High School

Parents: Brad and Laurie Connally

Activities, honors and volunteer highlights: National Honor Society (president, reporter); UIL academic team (calculator applications); A Honor Roll; volleyball (first-team All-District, Academic All-State); UIL One-Act Play; Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (vice president); Fellowship of Christian Athletes; FFA (vice president, secretary); 4-H; volunteer work with Food for Families, Panther Angels, Special Olympics, Meals and Wheels, Toys for Tots, Mart Elementary mentor.

Future plans: Attend Texas A&M University to pursue a degree in animal science, and then attend Texas A&M’s Veterinary School of Medicine.

 

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Hope Lenamon McGregor High School

Hope Lenamon

McGregor High School

Parents: James and Michelle Lenamon

Activities, honors and volunteer highlights: Recipient of a Texas Tech Presidential Scholarship; valedictorian; National Honor Society (president); mock trial, Visual Arts Scholastic Event (two-time state qualifier); UIL journalism and writing; Waco Tribune-Herald youth correspondent; cross country; basketball; track; Fellowship of Christian Athletes (president), PALS program; volunteer with Toys for Tots, American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, Pack of Hope, Vacation Bible School.

Future plans: Attend Texas Tech to study journalism and mass communications in Tech’s Honors College; plans to pursue a career in journalism.

 

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Riley Gardell Midway High School

Riley Gardell

Midway High School

Parents: Randy and Barbara Gardell

Activities, honors and volunteer highlights: Eagle Scout; class treasurer; AP Scholars Award with honor; Congressional Award (achieved bronze, silver and gold certificates); four-year Spirit of Midway recipient; swimming; water polo; student council; MHS Young Republicans (founding member); mock trial (lead attorney, team qualified for state); Spanish Club (treasurer); PALS; Link Crew; robotics team; Teen Leadership Waco; volunteer work with Food for Families, Adopt-a-Highway cleanup.

Future plans: Attend Rice University to pursue a degree in engineering; hopes to work on sustainability projects such as developing alternative energy sources.

 

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Brett Ramsey Moody High School

Brett Ramsey

Moody High School

Parent: Dovie Hanzlicek

Activities, honors and volunteer highlights: Valedictorian; Beta Club (treasurer); Spanish Award; top student awards in Algebra II, geometry, English III and physics; football (All-District linebacker); golf; track; student council; UIL academics team (science); volunteer work with Caritas, Bag of Beta, and many hours with various nonprofits through the Beta Club (including Backpacks for Belize, community Thanksgiving dinner, Adopt-a-Troop, Merry Moody Christmas, Links for ALS).

Future plans: Attend Texas A&M University to pursue a degree in chemical engineering; hopes to work in the petroleum industry or in research.

 

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Sophia Garman Rapoport Academy

Sophia Garman

Rapoport Academy

Parents: Chris and Stephanie Garman

Activities, honors and volunteer highlights: National Honor Society; Central Texas Science and Engineering Fair (first place); internship at Baylor University’s Texas Hunger Initiative; DAR Good Citizen Scholarship recipient; FIRST Robotics team; Amnesty International (founder/leader); UIL academics (4th place in ready writing); Art Club; volunteer work with Art Center of Waco, West explosion charity; Waco Farmers Market, East Waco Community Garden, Caritas.

Future plans: Pursue degree in international relations with minor or double major in cultural anthropology; work with organization such as Amnesty International.

 

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Stephanie Klaskin Reicher Catholic High School

Stephanie Klaskin

Reicher Catholic High School

Parents: Howard and Kari Klaskin

Activities, honors and volunteer highlights: Valedictorian; VFW Voice of Democracy; National Honor Society; Reicher Emissary/Ambassador; lettered in basketball, football (trainer), baseball (Diamond Girl and trainer) and boys basketball (manager); Student Council executive board (president); TAPPS academics (first place at district in ready writing); Waco Symphony Belles; volunteer work with Reicher, St. Louis Catholic Church, Friends for Life, West Long-Term Recovery,

Future plans: Pursue a degree in biology or English at a four-year college; hopes to become a physician or an administrator in higher education.

 

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Harley Conaway Riesel High School

Harley Conaway

Riesel High School

Parents: April and Coil Conaway

Activities, honors and volunteer highlights: Salutatorian; National Honor Society; History Fair (regional qualifier); senior class vice president; AP Calculus Academic Award; Chemistry Honors Academic Award; lettered in golf; student council (president); Heart of Texas Fair and Rodeo Sweetheart; FFA (student adviser, reporter); UIL editorial writing team; UIL academics (regional qualifier in science); marching band (drum major, color guard, Centex Honor Band); volunteer work with various organizations accumulated through HOT Sweethearts program.

Future plans: Attend Stephen F. Austin State University to pursue a degree in music education.

 

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John East Robinson High School

John East

Robinson High School

Parents: John and Terry East

Activities, honors and volunteer highlights: Recipient of academic scholarship from University of North Texas; National Honor Society (public relations officer); lettered in tennis and theater; student council (president); Peer Assistance and Leadership (PALS); Drama Club; UIL academics team (literary criticism); Health Occupations Students of America; volunteer work with the Dr Pepper Museum, Alzheimer’s retirement home in Waco, and various organizations through PALS activities.

Future plans: Attend the University of North Texas to pursue a doctorate in clinical psychology; hopes to open a private practice.

 

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Roy Franklin Karr V Texas Christian Academy

Roy Franklin Karr V

Texas Christian Academy

Parents: Roy and Sarah Karr

Activities, honors and volunteer highlights: Scholarships include Baylor University Provost’s Gold Scholarship and Hardin-Simmons University Scholarship; National Honor Society (president, vice president); Star 95; class president; lettered in football, basketball and baseball; student council; Waco City Youth Council; Drama Club; choir; yearbook staff; volunteer work at Mission Waco’s World Cup Cafe, church (student life group leader in youth ministry), MannaWorks.

Future plans: Attend Baylor University to pursue a degree in accounting, then continue studies at Baylor’s Truett Seminary.

 

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Miguel Jaramillo University High School

Miguel Jaramillo

University High School

Parents: Miguel L. Jaramillo, Maria Turrubiartes

Activities, honors and volunteer highlights: Academic Achievers (three years); member of Future Business Leaders of America; Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program at Educators Credit Union (Trojan Branch).

Future plans: Attend McLennan Community College, and then Tarleton State University to pursue a degree in accounting.

 

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Christian Aleman Valley Mills High School

Christian Aleman

Valley Mills High School

Parents: Julian and Maria Aleman

Activities, honors and volunteer highlights: National Honor Society (president); department awards in chemistry, physics, English and algebra; A Honor Roll; student council (president); Teen Community Emergency Response Team; marching band (head drum major) and concert band (State UIL Solo & Ensemble, Centex Honor Band); UIL academics (journalism, first place district, fourth at regionals in headline writing), yearbook staff; volunteer work with Valley Mills VFD, nursing home, community blood drives and health fairs.

Future plans: Attend Prairie View A&M University to pursue a degree in psychology or environmental science.

 

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Madeleine Shapiro Vanguard College Preparatory School

Madeleine Shapiro

Vanguard College Preparatory School

Parent: Sandra Shapiro

Activities, honors and volunteer highlights: Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Seminar alumnus; Miss Teen of Texas Scholarship and Recognition Pageant contestant; soccer; cheerleading; track; class treasurer; Spanish Club; Vanguard Review staff, Mu Alpha Theta; FFA (vice president), UIL One-Act Play; varsity debate; mock trial; Teen Leadership Waco; volunteer work with Mountainview Mentors, Mission Waco, Waco-McLennan County Public Library, Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, Cameron Park Zoo.

Future plans: Attend University of Houston to pursue degree in business management or entrepreneurship.

 

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Abigail Garner Waco High School

Abigail Garner

Waco High School

Parents: Brian and Margie Garner

Activities, honors and volunteer highlights: National Honor Society (secretary); Academic Achiever; Heart of Texas Regional History Fair (first place); Visual Arts Scholastic Event (regional competitor); lettered in basketball and track; Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Teen Leadership Waco; theater; UIL One-Act Play; Young Republicans; volunteer work with Friends for Life, Mission Waco, H-E-B Feast of Sharing, Alliance Bible Church Vacation Bible School, Special Olympics.

Future plans: Attend Baylor University to pursue a degree in education; hopes to teach either history or English at the secondary level, and write historical fiction.

 

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Kyle Sinkule West High School

Kyle Sinkule

West High School

Parents: Darren and Stephanie Sinkule

Activities, honors and volunteer highlights: Eagle Scout; National Honor Society; West High School Science Fair winner; Fellowship of Christian Athletes; volunteer work with Boy Scouts of America, Westfest, St. Mary’s Church of the Assumption, Teen A.C.T.S., Catholic Brothers and Sisters United, First Baptist Church of West.

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