Valedictorian: Jessie Marie English
Parents: Stephen and Carrie English
College: University of Texas-Tyler, majoring in music performance
Activities: Dazzlers, band, National Honor Society.
Achievements: University of Texas at Tyler pom squad member, percussion section leader for two years, captain of the Riesel Dazzlers for two years, UIL State Solo & Ensemble competitor for three years, Centex Honor Band member for four years.
Salutatorian: Kayla Bush
Parents: Kary and Tammy Bush
College: Texas A&M, majoring in interdisciplinary studies, grades four to eight math/science
Activities: First Baptist Church Riesel Sunday school and VBS teacher, cheerleader, National Honor Society vice president, Fellowship of Christian Athletes huddle leader, FFA president.
Achievements: FFA meats judging state qualifier, FFA chapter conducting state qualifier, reserve grand champion lamb at McLennan County Junior Livestock Show, cross country regional qualifier and academic all-state first team, track regional qualifier.
Valedictorian: Roseanna Marie Lingle
Parents: Michael and April Hartley
College: Baylor University, majoring in music performance and biology
Activities: Marching/concert band, track, volleyball, National Honor Society vice president, class co-secretary.
Achievements: All-state band two years, TMEA Music Scholar all four years, State Wind Ensemble Outstanding Performer all four years, Einstein Award, John Phillip Sousa Band Award.
Salutatorian: Colin Dowdy Brueggeman
Parents: Kenny and Lisa Brueggeman
College: Texas A&M University, majoring in mechanical engineering
Activities: UIL academic team three-year regional qualifier, state alternate in social studies, two years as captain of the Challenge Team, band drum major and section leader.
Achievements: Link Leader for two years, attended Texas Boys State, president of National Honor Society, president of senior class, member of Columbus Avenue Baptist Church.
Texas Christian Academy
Valedictorian: Jesse Levi Maggard
Parents: Leslie Henderson and stepfather Scott Henderson
College: McLennan Community College, majoring in psychology
Activities: National Honor Society, Star 95 member, tennis.
Achievements: Class of 2014 president, President’s Award for Educational Excellence, State of Texas Honor Graduate, Distinguished Achievement Program graduate, TAPPS first place art-jewelry.
Salutatorian: Aaron James Rauschhuber
Parents: John and Lynette Rauschhuber Jr.
College: McLennan Community College, transferring to Baylor University, undecided major
Activities: National Honor Society, Distinguished Achievement Program graduate, Sunday school teacher.
Achievements: Class of 2014 vice president, President’s Award for Educational Excellence.
Valedictorian: Gabriel Vega III
Parent: Maria Olivia Rodriguez
College: Texas A&M University, majoring in industrial engineering
Activities: Honorable mention all-district football, Special Olympics volunteer, Caritas volunteer, El Calvario Church volunteer, participant in various blood drives.
Achievements: Academic Achiever, NHS, Smoaky’s Academic All-Star Team, Academic Decathlon Team, Challenge Team.
Salutatorian: Alondra Castillo
Parents: Jorge and Sara Castillo
College: McLennan Community College, transferring to Mary Hardin-Baylor, majoring in biology, pre-med
Activities: Key Club, National Honor Society, Hispanic Student Association, Health Occupations Student Association of America, VITA Income Tax Return Program.
Achievements: Academic Achiever, UHS Health Science Academy Leadership Team, Advanced Placement, earned EKG Technical Certificate, earned Certified Nursing Assistant Certificate.
Valley Mills High
Valedictorian: Delany Baum
Parents: Doug and Trish Baum
College: Baylor University, majoring in Earth science
Activities: PALs, church youth group, National Honor Society, basketball, volleyball.
Salutatorian: Autumn Wimberly
Parents: Billy and Gail Wimberly
College: Texas A&M University, majoring in education.
Activities: Volleyball, basketball, softball, NHS, PALs.
Achievements: Dorothy Palmer Award (two years), Outstanding Senior Award, first-team all-academic (volleyball, basketball and softball), nominated NHS vice president and senior class president, recognized by Rotary Club.
Vanguard College Preparatory
Top student: Michelle Ramadan
Parents: Kathy and Mohamed Ramadan
College: Stanford University
Activities: Mu Alpha Theta president, Chemical Society president, National Honor Society, mock trial team, editor-in-chief of BiFrost, tennis captain.
Achievements: National Commended Scholar, TAPPS Academic Award math state champion, Quill and Scroll Award, University of Rochester Science Honors Award, Vanguard Academic Excellence Award.
Top student: Sammy Salazar
Parents: Kathy and Samuel Salazar
College: New York University, majoring in psychology and pre-med.
Activities: Mu Alpha Theta, National Honor Society, Liquid Paper contributor, Waco Children’s Theatre volunteer.
Achievements: Academic Excellence Awards in English, health and Spanish, Vanguard Shining Star Award, senior class vice president.
Valedictorian: Matthew Johnson
Parents: Melissa and Judge Matt Johnson
College plans: University of Texas at Austin, majoring in finance
Activities: Eagle Scout, Teen Leadership Waco, acolyte at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Cotton Palace Court, Waco Symphony Brass.
Achievements: AP Scholar with distinction, three-year Academic Achiever/National Honor Society, best advocate award at regional mock trial competition, 1st Place State History Fair/5th in nation, Rotary Club of Waco Youth Citizenship Award nominee.
Salutatorian: Marshall Tekell
Parents: Angela and David Tekell
College plans: University of Texas, majoring in chemical engineering or liberal arts
Activities: Camp Olympia O’Crew, Waco Youth Council, Waco High Tailgating, district All-Star theater cast, captain of Waco Rotary Challenge Team.
Achievements: Dorothy Crippen Hurd Scholarship recipient, U.S. Presidential Scholar nominee, National Merit Commended Scholar, three-year AP Scholar with distinction, three-year Academic Achiever, National Honor Society, outstanding advocate at state mock trial competition.
Valedictorian: Rachel Stone
Parents: Jack and Lisa Stone
College: Baylor University, majoring in pharmacy
Activities: Numerous church activities, Girl Scout community service projects, science club, yearbook co-editor.
Achievements: 2nd place in West Science Fair, 1,000 boxes of Girl Scout cookies sold.
Salutatorian: Jennifer Prnka
Parents: Edwin and Annette Prnka
College: McLennan Community College, transferring to Texas A&M University, majoring in nursing
Activities: PALS program, Tale Tellers program at local library, senior class president, science club, Key Club.
Achievements: Waco Rotary Club Youth Citizenship Award finalist, Waco Tribune-Herald West essay scholarship winner, District 17-3A softball offensive co-MVP, District 8-3A softball outstanding sophomore (2012), Miss West High School 2014.