Callaway Scholarships awarded to seniors
Callaway Scholarship recipients from 2016 and 2017 returned to present their four-year scholarships to the class of 2021 during the scholarship and awards ceremony at Yoe High on May 24.
Hope Koch and her husband, Kevin have administered the Callaway Foundation since 2002. The late J.L. and Bonnelle Callaway created the Foundation to create compelling futures for the youth of Cameron. The Kochs appreciate Counselor Cindy Stroud for helping the students apply for college and complete scholarship applications.
Scholarship Recipient Plans
This year’s scholarship recipients have big plans.
Yessica G. Merino Mora will study English or journalism at Middlebury College.
Kincaid Callahan will study agricultural communications and journalism at Texas A&M University.
Colby Green will study biology at St. Edwards University.
Ray Matthew Flores will study at TSTC to become a wind turbine technician.
Letters of Appreciation to the Cameron Community
Rocio Saucedo Madera, Salutatorian, Class of 2016
I attended Texas State University, where I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Care. The Lord has now provided me with a full-time internship position at Duke University Hospital in N.C. as a NICU/PICU respiratory therapist. I want to thank all the teachers, coaches, and faculty who helped me throughout my school years in Cameron. Especially the teachers I had in Ben Milam and Elementary school, there was a language barrier during my youth, and they were all so patient and supportive. I do appreciate all that yall did for me. But also to the high school teachers and coaches that not only provided me with an excellent education but gave me great life advice. To the seniors, I want to relay a piece of advice that my peers and I received from a teacher yall no longer have. He told us to take a Bible with us to college, and it was the best advice I could have ever received, and I could ever give yall. Yall will be exposed to many worldly things out there but make Christ your center and focus during your college years. That you may study, work, and take exams with Him. Do not lose sight of the degree you will be working towards, but most importantly, do not lose sight of Him. Thank you once again, Cameron ISD faculty, Cameron community, and the Callaway Foundation. Congratulations seniors, God bless.
Alexis Magre, Valedictorian, Class of 2017
I graduated this spring from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences. I will continue my education at Texas A&M and pursue a master’s degree in Medical Science this next fall. After I finish this program, I plan to go to medical school.
I want to take a moment to thank all my teachers and the community of Cameron as a whole for all the support and encouragement they have given me. I have learned that college is not just a test of one’s knowledge but also a test of one’s endurance. The ability to withstand hardship and adversity is a skill that I had to learn and use quite a lot to succeed. And having people rooting for me was crucial in helping me maintain the determination needed to never give up no matter how challenging the subject or how foreign the online school felt during the pandemic. I contribute part of my success to the teachers for helping to grow my love of learning and the community as a whole for being great cheerleaders when the going got tough. I thank you for not forgetting about me, and I hope that I can assure you that I have not forgotten about any of you either. Thanks & gig ‘em!
Julia Harwell, Salutatorian, Class of 2017
I just graduated from Texas A&M University on May 15th with a Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Sciences. In the next chapter, I plan to stay in College Station and work for one of the Texas A&M Systems. I want to thank all the teachers, administrators, and the community of Cameron for the support and for giving me a solid foundation for my future.
Carrie Pommerening, Recipient of the 4-year St Edward’s scholarship, Class of 2017
I studied English and Education and graduated from St. Ed’s with honors and a bachelor’s degree in English, and a certification to teach English, Language Arts at the secondary level. I have been teaching 7th grade ELA at Cedar Park Middle School since January, and I have been absolutely loving it. I plan to help my students transition from pandemic learning to post-pandemic learning next year and help them be successful in this continuously changing learning environment. I give a huge thank you to the Cameron ISD teachers that helped me grow through the most challenging times and thrive in the world after. I hope I can be the same for my students now.