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"Black Plumbing - Abilene Teachers FCU" Star Students

MAY 2024 - Bryant Jones













Merkel High School 
Grade: Senior
GPA: 3.5
College: Hardin Simmons University (History and Sports Management)



  • Participated in Merkel Helping One Another in many activities scheduled to clean up the community.
  • Assisted with cleaning, mowing, and caring for yards of homebound citizens, veterans, and other community members who do not have the ability to do those things on their own. 
  • Helped with National Night Out in Merkel.
  • Prepared Christmas meals and organized toy drives in Merkel.
  • Supported Bilbo Golf Classic benefiting New Horizons as a course setter, an auction volunteer, and the "errand boy." 
  • Contributed to Merkel Little League by organizing tryout day, umpiring Little League games, and refereeing youth basketball games.


  • Student Council (2022-2023)
  • FFA: Area winner in FFA speaking (2022)
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes


  • Varsity Football - 3 years 
    • All-District linebacker (2021) 
    • All-District tight-end (2022)
    • All-District linebacker and tight-end (2023) 
    • Accountability captain during summer workouts 
    • Led his team to the 7-on-7 State Tournament where they finished in the TOP 8 
    • Captain during the football season
  • Varsity Basketball team - 2 years
    • Second team All-District (2022-2023 & 2023-2024)
  • Varsity Baseball team - 4 years
    • All-District DH & pitcher (2024)
    • Captain for the baseball team 
    • Will represent Merkel in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes All-Star Game this summer 


MARCH 2024 - Jed Thompson













Home School (High School) and Cisco College
Grade: Junior  
GPA: 4.0
College: Cisco College



  • President of the Clear Fork of the Brazos Chapter of the Children of the Republic of Texas
  • Highway 36 Church of Christ youth group 
  • Donating to the local food bank
  • Hosting an Angel Tree for local children 


  • Callahan County 4-H
  • County Council Officer 
  • 4-H Leader for Life program 
  • 4-H Wildlife Challenge - National contest in Iowa (2023)
  • 4-H Range Evaluation & Plant ID - National Competition in Oklahoma (April 2024)


  • Dual Credit at Cisco College - completed 12 college credit hours so far!
  • Pursuing an Associate of Science in Agriculture, laying a solid foundation for his future studies in Natural Resources at a University level.


FEBRUARY 2024 - Joshua Hallmark













Wylie High School
Grade: Senior
GPA: 3.8
College: Cisco (LVN program)


Joshua wants to be a registered nurse so he can help people and is currently in the CNA program at Wylie High School! He'll have his CNA certification when he graduates in the Spring. They go 2-3 times per week to do their clinicals at Wincrest Rehabilitation Center where they learn how to care for the older patients with Alzheimer’s and Dementia. He is also taking dual credit college classes at ASU & CJC! 



  • This is his 2nd year participating in the PALS Program at Wylie! With the PALS Program, he was a part of the Just Say No to Drugs Campaign by performing skits for the younger kids.
  • Joshua's been a member of the Beltway Park Church Student Ministry for 7 years. They do community outreaches as a group several times a year to help lower income families at an apartment complex.
  • He also volunteered at Hendrick Hospital each week this past summer! He was able to assist the nurses in bringing hospital patients whatever needed such as water, coffee and snacks, to help get them comfortable and relay any medical needs they had to their assigned nurses.


He's been on the Varsity Tennis Team sophomore through senior year!


JANUARY 2024 - Tristan Reyna













ATEMS High School
Grade: Senior
GPA: 4.0 – Valedictorian
College: Texas A&M University



  • He is part of both S2S and Purple Star at his school to help incoming transfers and military students feel welcome at school.
  • He has been head of the Teacher Appreciation and Toy Drive Committees for his school’s National Honor Society.
  • He is an avid church volunteer and leads a middle school life group as well as serving on the high school lead team.
  • He also went on a weeklong mission trip to New Orleans to help those that were struggling with poverty and hunger.
  • He has voluntarily coached at the Gymnastics Sports Center.
  • Member of SuperCrew (a group of students in AISD that meets a couple times a year to discuss problems within the district and hopefully find solutions to them.)


  • UIL CX Debate District Champion and State Qualifier 
  • UIL Congress 2-year State Qualifier, State Finalist and Outstanding PO 
  • UIL Persuasive Speaking 3-year Regional Qualifier and District Champion 
  • UIL Mathematics Regional Qualifier
  • NHS President


  • 16 All American Titles 
  • Elite All American on Vault 
  • Captain of the Cooper Gymnastics team 
  • Earned 7 state medals in Gymnastics 
  • Regional and District Champion in Gymnastics


DECEMBER 2023 - Luke Burson











Clyde High School
Grade: Senior
GPA: 3.9
College: Texas Tech



  • Love and Care ministries
  • Delivered backpacks for our PALS Program
  • Partnered with Big Brothers Big Sisters to give less fortunate kids food for the weekends
  • Over the past two years - 200 community service hours with Pals
  • This year - 100 hours community service hours with Stuco and CmPS


  • Student Council President 
  • Community Problem Solving Vice President 
  • Community Problem Solving 3-year state qualifier
  • PALS/Backpacks - Giving food and time to less fortunate children
  • FCA Lead Team 


  • Team Captain Football - 2 years (3-year Varsity letterman) 
  • Team Captain Baseball - 2 years (4-year Varsity letterman)


NOVEMBER 2023 – Emma Harrison















Ballinger High School
Grade: Senior
GPA: 4.0555 (Class Rank #1)



  • 7 hours DECA Golf Tournament 2021
  • 2 hours writing "Thank You' notes 2021
  • 17 hours 'Hunger Games' Food Drive Campaign 2021
  • 1 hour Festival Parade 2021
  • 3 hours Little Olympics 2021
  • 4 hours working Elementary Summer School Station 2021
  • 2 hours 4-H Cook- off Concession Stand 2021
  • 2 hours Ballinger Cares Boxing food 2021
  • 3 hours 9/11 Parade 2022
  • 6 hours working St. Joseph's Church Festival 2022
  • 3 hours boxing food with Ballinger Cares 2022
  • 45 hours Hunger Games Food Drive 2022
  • 1 hour Hunter's Dinner clean up 2022
  • 5 hours DECA Golf Tournament 2022
  • 3 hours Rowena Cook-off Concession Stand 2022
  • 5 hours Child Care 2023


  • Cheer 2020 - Present
  • Basketball 2020 - Present
  • Track 2020 - Present
  • DECA (student business organization) 2020 - Present
  • Cross Country 2020
  • Band 2020-2022
  • UIL Editorial Writing 2021 - 2022
  • UIL Feature Writing 2022 - 2023
  • UIL Headline Writing 2022-2023
  • UIL Creative Writing 2021-2022
  • Rowena 4-H 2015 - Present
  • Student Council 2022 - Present
  • National Honor Society 2022 - Present
  • Competition Cheer 2020 - Present
  • Cross Country Manager 2023
  • Rotary Interact 2023
  • Junior Chamber of Commerce 2020 - Present


  • Class President (21-22)
  • Vice President, Career Development (21-22 and 22-23 DECA Chapter)
  • Junior Varsity Head Cheerleader (21-22)
  • Junior Varsity Basketball Captain (21-22)
  • Treasurer, Rowena 4-H (21-22)
  • Vice President, Junior Chamber (21-22)
  • Vice President, Rowena 4-H (22-23)
  • Class Elected Student Council Representative (22-23)
  • Head of Prom Decorating Committee (22-23)
  • Varsity Head Cheerleader (23-24)
  • DECA Chapter President (23-24)
  • National Honor Society President (23-24)
  • Junior Chamber of Commerce President (23-24)
  • Vice President, Rowena 4-H (23-24)
  • DECA Ballinger Voting Delegate, District 9 (22-24)
  • DECA Student Council Representative (23-24)
  • National Honor Society Student Council Representative (23-24)
  • Junior Chamber of Commerce Student Council Representative (23-24)
  • THRIVE International DECA Leadership Conference Attendee (2023)
  • Rotary Interact Secretary (23-24)


OCTOBER 2023 - Kaden Gerhart















Clyde High School
Grade: Senior
GPA: Currently Ranked as Valedictorian 
College: Texas A&M University



  • Volunteered at his church on Wednesday nights working with sixth graders. 
  • Vacation Bible School 
  • The Walk to The Manger
  • As a member of the Key Club, Kaden has served his school and community by cleaning up the stadium after games, raising money for UNICEF, cleaning up after the CHS Winter Formal, setting up and hosting the Clyde Daddy Daughter Dance and filling eggs for a community Easter Egg Hunt. 
  • Food Bank in Abilene and served dinner to prison employees at the French Robertson Unit. 


  • Top overall GPA as a Freshman, Sophomore and Junior 
  • He is currently taking AP and Dual Credit courses
  • Selected Outstanding Boy for the CHS Junior Class 
  • President of the Key Club 
  • Treasurer of the Beta Club
  • Member of the Student Council
  • UIL Academic team - Number Sense
  • Band - Freshman and Sophomore years (State qualifying marching band Sophomore year)


  • Varsity Powerlifting team  
  • Varsity Track Pole Vault team

SEPTEMBER 2023 – Aubrey Graves













Early High School
Grade: Senior
GPA: 3.96
College: Texas Tech



  • Lady Horns Softball Sisters program – Mentor 
  • Student assistant coach for the school softball camp
  • Helped in the Little League opening day ceremonies. 
  • Recreational coach for the Early First Baptist Church Vacation Bible School. 
  • Operated concession stands and participated in fundraisers to help fund community events sponsored by her FCA organization. 
  • She was a host for the Father Daughter Dance sponsored by the EHS National Honor Society. 
  • Youth group student leader. 
  • Student Ministry Search Team: represents the youth group on the church interview committee. 
  • Aubrey has a job where she is a childcare provider for two single mothers. She picks the kids up from school and takes care of them until their mothers can pick them up. During the summers, Aubrey not only provides care for the girls, but she also keeps them entertained. She takes them swimming, bowling, they go to the park and the movies.


  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes – Huddle Leader (All 4 Years)
  • National Honor Society 
  • Yearbook Design Staff


  • 2022 - All-District Honorable Mention, Academic All-District and received the Athletic Fighting Heart Award. 
  • 2023 - First Team All-District, Academic All-District and received the Athletic Fighting Heart Award for the second year in a row. 
  • Competes on the Glory Adkins Softball Tournament Team. 

Previous Winners

  • Avery Holloway Avery Holloway
  • Harley Brown Harley Brown
  • Andrew Graham Andrew Graham
  • Kaylee Connally Kaylee Connally




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