The Tribune-Herald presents the second installment of the top area high school graduates. The next group of graduates will be showcased on June 29. Click here for the first group, published June 15.

Lorena High

Lorena - Jacob Mathis


Valedictorian: Jacob Robert Mathis

Parents: Paul and Angela Mathis

College: Texas A&M University, studying biomedical engineering

Activities: Boy Scouts of America, National Honor Society, Future Farmers of America, Journey Lorena Youth Group; cross country

Achievements: Eagle Scout, Terry Foundation Scholar, Gold Youth Leadership delegate; cross country regional qualifier; UIL Scholar Award

Lorena - Jonathan Palmer


Salutatorian: Jonathan Palmer

Parents: Ray and Renae Palmer

College: Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry

Activities: Basketball, National Honor Society, Peer Assistance Leadership, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Antioch youth leader

Achievements: All-state academic basketball, Mr. Lorena High School, Prom King, UIL Scholar Award, Good Grades Good Hoops participant

McGregor High

Mcgregor - Jaret White


Valedictorian: Jaret White

Parents: Robert and Shelley White

College: Duke University, majoring in mechanical engineering

Activities: PALS, UIL academics, student government, National Honor Society president, Fellowship of Christian Athletes vice president, design/construction leader of BEST Robotics competition team

Achievements: National Merit Commended Scholar, three-time regional qualifier in UIL academics, two-time regional qualifier in cross country, district defensive MVP in basketball, Smoaky’s Academic All-Star team

Mcgregor - Brent Oakes


Salutatorian: Brent Oakes

Parents: Roger and Laurie Oakes

College: Trinity University, majoring in computer science

Activities: UIL academics, National Honor Society secretary, four-year member of band, programming leader of BEST Robotics team, member of the Ignite Rocket Team

Achievements: State qualifier in UIL computer science, three-time regional qualifier in UIL, three-time UIL State Solo & Ensemble qualifier, state qualifier in BEST Robotics, state qualifier in UIL marching band

Mart High

Mart - Berenice Fernandez


Valedictorian: Berenice Fernandez

Parents: Jose and Juana Fernandez

College: McLennan Community College, majoring in nursing

Activities: Cheerleading, band, One- Act Play, student government, UIL academics

Achievements: Class of 2013 Teen Leadership graduate, UIL Scholar Award, A Honor Roll, MCC Scholar, commended performance on all exit-level TAKS tests

Mart - Trevor Baize


Salutatorian: Trevor Baize

Parents: Bobby and Cheryl Baize

College: Sam Houston State University, majoring in history

Activities: Panther Angels, Food For Families, Veterans Day program emcee, volunteer for city of Mart clean-up days and Heart of Texas Special Olympics

Achievements: Texas FFA Lone Star Degree, Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen Recipient, DAR essay contest winner, Class of 2013 Teen Leadership graduate, UIL regionals competitor

Methodist Children’s Home

Methodist - Wilmaniece Pleasan


Valedictorian: Wilmaniece Pleasant

Parents: Michelle Grogan and Kenneth Pleasant

College: McLennan Community College, transferring to Texas Tech University, majoring in social work

Activities: Honor roll, student advisory board, peer mediation, Safe School ambassador, student council

Achievements: Charles W. and Mariam Hawes Academic Excellence Award

Methodist - Brandon Glasscock.


Salutatorian: Brandon Glasscock

Parents: Audrey Aguillard and Tracy Glasscock

College: Texas State Technical College, majoring in golf course/landscape management

Activities: Honor roll, Safe School ambassador, FFA, participated in Heart of Texas Fair ag events showing steers

Achievements: Cattle Crew Buckle, Methodist Children’s Home Core Value Award for Service

Midway High

Midway - Stephanie Welch


Valedictorian: Stephanie Welch

Parents: Doug and Nadine Welch

College: Baylor University, majoring in health sciences/physical therapy

Activities: National Honor Society president, student council secretary, National Charity League, First United Methodist Church of Waco member, PALS member

Achievements: Academic all-state athletic training, all-state first team track and field, Smoaky’s Academic All-Stars, pole vault regional qualifier, football sweetheart 2013

Midway - Linda Ren


Salutatorian: Linda Ren

Parents: Alan Ren and Fong Lam

College: Duke University, majoring in biochemistry or business

Activities: Research, Science Fair, orchestra

Achievements: Intel International Science and Engineering Fair finalist, Midwest International Music Clinic, MD Anderson King Foundation finalist

Moody High

Moody - Jillian Schmidt


Valedictorian: Jillian Schmidt

Parents: David and Debbie Schmidt

College: McLennan Community College, general studies

Activities: First Methodist Church of Moody youth leader, student council treasurer, president of Fellowship of Christian Athletes, editor of the yearbook, class officer

Achievements: Principal’s Excellence Award, 9th-12th grade All-A Honor Roll, softball defensive player of the year for 2012, tennis district champ/regional qualifier in 2014, math department award.

Moody - Kylee Cendro


Salutatorian: Kylee Cendro

Parents: Aaron and Anjelica Slack

College: University of Mary Hardin Baylor, majoring in nursing

Activities: Beta Club, student council vice president, Fellowship of Christian Athletes vice president, Spanish Club, UIL academics

Achievements: Spanish and English departmental awards, graduating with 18 hours of college credit, 9th-12th grade Honor Roll, track area qualifier in 2012

Rapoport Academy

Rapoport - Matthew McWhorter


Valedictorian: Matthew Stephen McWhorter

Parents: Laurie Burney and Scott McWhorter

College: University of Alabama, majoring in accounting

Activities: UIL accounting, soccer club, chess club, math tutor, college algebra tutor

Achievements: University of Alabama Presidential Scholarship, University of Alabama Alumni Scholarship, first place Voice of Democracy essay dontest, first place district 2013 UIL accounting, first place regional 2013 UIL accounting

Rapoport - Kenneth James Cody.


Salutatorian: Kenneth James Cody

Parents: Kenneth and Carolann “Charlie” Cody

College: McLennan Community College, transferring to Rochester Institute of Technology

Activities: Boy Scouts of America for 12 years, robotics team captain, MarathonNorco Aerospace internship, National Honor Society treasurer, United Methodist Youth Fellowship

Achievements: Eagle Scout, National Merit Commended Student, Honors College Scholarship, gold medals in national Latin exam, Latin II and Latin III

Reicher Catholic High

Reicher - Rebecca Elizabeth Tr


Valedictorian: Rebecca Elizabeth Trippe

Parents: Karl and Robyn Trippe

College: University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, majoring in business

Activities: Cheerleading, track, student council executive board, St. Louis Catholic Sunday school teacher, choir

Achievements: National Hispanic Merit Scholar, All-American Cheer, Reicher Christian Service Award, Wells College 21st Century Leadership Award, National Honor Society

Reicher - Eric Robert Kostecka


Salutatorian: Eric Robert Kostecka

Parents: Bobby and Betty Kostecka

College: McLennan Community College, transferring to four-year school, majoring in electrical engineering

Activities: Basketball, TAPPS academics, National Honor Society treasurer, volunteer for West Long-Term Recovery, Meals and Wheels, House in a Box, Food Pantry and others

Achievements: Texas DPS District 6A Service Commander’s 2013 Humanitarian Award, honorable mention all-district and academic all-state in basketball, TAPPS academics district placement, perfect score on Certified SolidWorks Associate – mechanical design exam, High Honor Roll all four years


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