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Students of the Month

Students of the Month


2013 March Female Student of the Month

The March Female Student of the Month is Caitlyn May. Caitlyn is the eighteen-year-old daughter of Natalie and Leonard May. Her strengths are Empathy, Developer, Harmony, Adaptability and Ideation.
 
Caitlyn is a member in good standing with the National Honor Society. She will graduate under the Distinguished Graduate Program. She is currently ranked 11th in her class with a 4.0 GPA.
 
Caitlyn is a member of Business Professionals of America and was successful at recent competition. Caitlyn qualified for state competition at the BPA Regional Conference, earning 2nd place in Entrepreneurship. She also was awarded the Torch Award at the BPA State Conference.
 
Caitlyn is active in her community. She has helped coach Boys & Girls Club volleyball and Spur League basketball. As Queen of the Peanut Festival’s Court of America’s Majestic Beauty, Caitlyn serves as an ambassador for the city of Floresville attending festivals across South Texas.
 
Caitlyn currently works at the Arcadia Theater as a Work-Based Learning Co-Op student.
 
Upon graduation in June, Caitlyn plans to attend Texas A&M University where she will be a pre-med biology major. She hopes to attend medical school and become an anesthesiologist.

2013 February Male Student of the Month

The March Male Student of the Month is Albert Saenz III. Albert is the eighteen-year-old son of Yolanda and Albert Saenz Jr. His strengths are Significance, Competition, Belief, Maximizer and Self-Assurance.
 
Albert is active in numerous FHS Organizations and is a leader among his peers. He has served as both president and vice president of student council and is the Student Council Representative for the National Honor Society. He is also a member of the Yearbook Staff. As a member of the Mighty Tiger Band, he held the office of Sophomore Representative. He is a past member of UIL One Act Play and was awarded All Star Cast Honorable Mention at the Wimberly Play Festival. He was a member of the cast that went on to place third at the UIL One Act Play district contest. He is also a past member of Drama Club and Spanish Club. He also held the office of Class Vice President as both a junior and senior.
 
As a member of Business Professionals of America, Albert is the past Area II Region II President and is currently the Texas State Historian. He was awarded the America Ambassador Torch Award, a national award given to students to recognize community involvement. At BPA contest, Albert placed first in Prepared Speech and was a State Qualifier and National Alternate. In this year’s competition, Albert placed 1st at the State Conference in the Prepared Speech contest and qualified for Nationals. He was also a member of the State Finalist and National Alternate Broadcast News Team. Albert was awarded the Statesman Torch Award and the Texas Merit Scholar Award. He has attended the National Leadership Conferences in both Washington DC and Chicago, Illinois and will attend this year’s conference in Orlando, Florida.
 
Albert has been named to the “A” Honor Roll and was recognized for perfect attendance. He was also the named the TxDOT Project Celebration 1st Place Presenter and was awarded $1,000 for Project Graduation.
 
Albert is also active in his community. He is an Altar Server at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. He is also president of the church’s youth group. He is a member of Teen A.C.T.S. and the Columbian Squires Circle #2900. Albert has volunteered with Blue Santa and the Henry Baumann Thanksgiving Dinner. He spent time as a Salvation Army Bell Ringer and assisted with the Sacred Heart Youth Group Winter Coat Drive. He has also volunteered with the Sacred Heart Vacation Bible School and other church activities as well. As a Prince on the Peanut Festival’s Court of America’s Majestic Beauty, Albert serves as an ambassador for the city of Floresville attending festivals across South Texas.
 
Albert is employed at the Floresville ISD Administration Office as an office assistant through the Work-Based Learning Program.
 
Upon graduation in June, Albert plans to attend Texas A&M University or the University of Texas at Austin through the CAP Program after attending his freshman year at UTSA. Albert plans to major in either Communications or Business Management.
 

2013 February Female Student of the Month

The February Female Student of the Month is Caitlin Taylor. Caitlin is the eighteen-year-old daughter of Faye and Parish Taylor. Her strengths are Adaptability, Context, Deliberative, Empathy, and Individualization.
 
Caitlin has excelled in the classroom and was named the Outstanding Student of the Year for Pre-AP Physics. She is a member of the FHS Chapter of the Red Cross and the Family, Community, Career Leaders of America.
 
Caitlin is very active in her community. She has participated in Habitat for Humanity and Luke’s Wish Toy Drive. Through FCCLA, she has visited the local nursing home where she played banana bingo with residents, ran a coloring booth for the Children’s Pumpkin Patch at the Peanut Festival, and gave tours to elementary school children at the San Antonio Stockshow and Rodeo. She has also collected canned goods for the local food pantry.
 
Caitlin is currently employed at the Wilson County Public Library through the FHS Co-Op Program.
 
Upon graduation in June, Caitlin plans to attend either the University of Texas in San Antonio or the University of Texas in Austin. She is planning to major in Ancient History and Classical Archaeology.
 

2013 February Male Student of the Month

The February Male Student of the Month is Luis Occhiuzzi. Luis is the eighteen-year-old son of iris and Alfred Ochiuzzi. His strengths are Learner, Achiever, Focus, Futuristic, and Input.
 
For his efforts in the classroom, Luis has earned several honors. He was named the Aerospace Student of the Year in 2011-2012. Luis has held the office of Vice President for the Class of 2013 as a freshman and sophomore. Luis has already been named the recipient of a $4,000 per year scholarship to Texas A&M—Kingsville.
 
As a member of the ROTC, Luis has served as Corp Commander and Corp Advisor. He was awarded the Top Cadet Award and the Academic Excellence Award. Luis received the national Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War Award. He was also inducted into the Kitty Hawk Air Society. Luis is a member of the ROTC Drill Team and has served as the Student Leadership Academy Eagle Horizon Squadron Commander.
 
Luis is also very active in FHS athletics. He was the linebacker and full back for the Tigers and was named Academic All-District. He is a former member of the FHS powerlifting team.
 
Through his involvement with ROTC, Luis has volunteered countless hours to his community. He served as a team captain for Relay for Life and has participated in adopt-a-highway campaigns and canned food drives. He has spent time visiting residents in the local Veterans’ Home and has served as a tutor for his peers.
 
Luis completed a seven-week internship at Danbury Aerospace and is currently employed at Bill Miller’s Bar-B-Que.
 
Congressman Henry Cuellar has nominated Luis for the United States Air Force Academy where he will major in Aerospace Engineering.
 

2013 January Female Student of the Month


The January Female Student of the Month is Melanie Reed. Melanie is the seventeen-year-old daughter of Robin and Randall Reed. Her strengths are Leadership, Includer, Communicator, Relator, and Woo.
 
Melanie is active in several FHS organizations and is a leader among her peers. She currently serves as the President of the Texas Association of Future Educators after previously serving as the organization’s Vice President. As a member of the Link Crew Executive Committee, Melanie is instrumental in organizing efforts aimed at helping freshmen make a smooth transition into high school. She also serves as the Link Crew Applause Committee chairperson. This committee is tasked with finding ways to recognize freshmen for their successes.
 
For her efforts in the classroom, Melanie has earned recognition. She is a member in good standing with the National Honor Society, and was named the Outstanding Student of the Year for Pre-AP English.
 
Melanie has also been successful in her athletic endeavors. She was this year’s team captain for the Varsity Volleyball team. She was named Academic All-District for Volleyball the past two years and was named to the Honorable Mention All-District Team last year. This year, Melanie was named All-District 1st Team. As a member of the Varsity Track Team, Melanie won 1st place in the 200m dash and 2nd place in the 100m dash at the district meet. Melanie has also volunteered her time assisting at the high school volleyball tournaments and track meets.
 
Despite the demands of her academic and extracurricular activities, Melanie still finds time for employment. She has worked at the Arcadia Theater since July of 2012.
 
Upon graduation in June, Melanie plans to attend Texas Lutheran University, UTSA, Texas State University or Schreiner University. She plans to pursue a career in family and marriage counseling.
 

2013 January Male Student of the Month


The January Male Student of the Month is Sheldon Snyder. Sheldon is the eighteen-year-old son of Sandy and Rodney Snyder. His strengths are Restorative, Competitive, Deliberative, Intellection and Context.
 
Sheldon has been active in FHS extracurricular activities. As a member of the Mighty Tiger Band, he has qualified for Regional Band and earned 3rd Chair in the Bass Clarinet section. Sheldon is also a member of the Varsity Tennis Team. He is the team captain and was named to the Academic All District Team.
 
Sheldon is a member in good standing with the National Honor Society and the Leos Club.
 
This past summer, Sheldon worked as a lifeguard for the City of San Antonio. Upon graduation in June, Sheldon plans to attend the United States Naval Academy where he will major in Political Science.
 

2012 December Female Student of the Month


The December Female Student of the Month is Brittney Gonzales. Brittney is the seventeen-year-old daughter of Lorene and Cristobal Marquez. She has a younger sibling, Christopher Marquez, in the 4th grade at Floresville North Elementary. Her strengths are Achiever, Learner, Input, Ideation, and Intellection.
 
Brittney has excelled in the classroom. She was named Outstanding Student of the Year of the Year in Dual Credit U.S. History, Algebra II and Physics last year. As a sophomore, she was chosen as the May Outstanding Female Student of the Month. As a member of UIL Academics, Brittney placed second in district competition in Social Studies. Her team earned first place honors in the Social Studies contest and qualified for regional competition. As a member of Link Crew, she serves as a mentor to incoming freshmen to assist them in making a smooth transition into high school. Brittney is a member of National Honor Society and Student Council.
 
Brittney is also active in extracurricular activities at FHS. She participates in Business Professionals of America in Medical Office Procedures. In addition, she is a member of the band and was the clarinet section leader last year.. She, along with the rest of the band, advanced to the Area G Finals last year. Brittney was the JV Defender for soccer. She has also participated in One-Act Play.
 
When not busy with academic and extracurricular activities, Brittney is active in her community. She has tutored high school students, participated in the ROTC Food Drive and assisted with the Skills USA Adopt-A-Family project. Brittney also volunteered at the Veterans Day Ceremony. She donated the “Pretty Little Liars” series to the High School library and the Twilight Series to the Wilson County Public Library. She is also active in Tae-Kwon-Do.
 
Brittney has been employed at Bill Miller Bar-B-Q through the work-based learning program since March.
 
Upon graduation in June, Brittney plans to pursue pharmaceutical degree. She is considering attending the University of the Incarnate Word, UTSA, or the UT Health Science Center in San Antonio.
 

2012 December Male Student of the Month


The December Male Student of the Month is Kurtis Quillin. Kurtis is the eighteen-year-old son of Wendy and Jeff Quillin. His strengths are Responsibility, Adaptability, Relator, Individualization, and Deliberative.
 
Kurtis is a member in good standing with the National Honor Society and is an Eagle Scout. He was selected as a People to People Student Ambassador to England and France in 2006 and has already been named the recipient of the a $200 VFW Voice of Democracy Scholarship.
 
Kurtis is very active in extracurricular activities at FHS. As a member of the Mighty Tiger Band, he currently serves as the TEC Chairman and section leader. He was a member of the Brass Quintet that went to UIL State Solo and Ensemble Contest last year. He is a member of both the basketball and track teams at FHS. This past summer Kurtis traveled to the Bahamas to play in a basketball tournament. In addition to being an athletic participant, Kurtis is active in other ways as well. He has been the Public Address announcer for various football and softball games. He was requested for the 2A football play offs and for all softball games at FHS. This year, Kurtis has served as the emcee for the FHS pep rallies and hosts the weekly Floresville Sports Minute for the FHS Untamed newscasts. Kurtis is also a columnist for SA Sports.com. He appeared in the Sept. 14, 2012 SASports.com High School Football Scoreboard Show and was a guest on the Jay Tope Morning Show with Debbie Jo on Nov. 29, 2012. He has been a US Soccer Federation Referee since 2007, a basketball referee since 2008 and a Little League Baseball Umpire since 2009.
 
Upon graduation in June, Kurtis plans to attend Oklahoma State University, Texas Christian University or Southern Illinois University where he will major in Sports Media with plans to pursue a career in Sports Broadcasting.
 

2012 November Female Student of the Month


The November Female Student of the Month is Katherine Burkett. Katherine is the seventeen-year-old daughter of Greg and Sadonna Burkett. Her strengths are Includer, Positivity, Empathy, Restorative, and Developer.
 
For her efforts in the classroom, Katherine has earned numerous honors. She is currently serving as Vice President of the National Honor Society. As a freshman, Katherine was selected along with three other students to represent Floresville at the De Soto Student Leadership Summit in Dallas. In addition, she was named to the A Honor Roll her sophomore year. As a member of the FHS Varsity Golf Team, Katherine earned recognition for Academic All-District her sophomore year.
 
Katherine is active in numerous FHS organizations. As a member of the Mighty Tiger Band, Katherine has been chosen as Favorite Girl for her grade level the past three years and was the band secretary last year. She is currently one of three FHS Drum Majors. In addition to band, Katherine has been a leader among her peers. As a junior, Katherine served as Student Council Reporter/Historian, Class of 2013 Student Council Girl Representative, and a prom committee member. As a freshman, she was a member of the FHS Spanish Club. This year marks Katherine’s second year serving as a mentor to incoming freshmen through the FHS Link Crew Program.
 
Despite the demands of her academics and extracurricular activities, Katherine still finds time to be active in the community. She is currently a Princess for the 2012 Peanut Festival Royal Court. In this role, Katherine serves as an ambassador for the city, representing the city of Floresville at events across South Texas. Katherine is also active in her church youth group. She attended the New Mexico and Arlington mission trips with her church group. She also served as a Praise Band Leader and a Vacation Bible School leader. Katherine has also been previously active participating in various projects with the Leo’s Club.
 
Upon graduation in June, Katherine plans to attend Texas Tech University or Baylor University where she will major in business.
 

2012 November Male Student of the Month


The November Male Student of the Month is William Smith. William is the eighteen-year-old son of Gerry and William Smith. His strengths are Adaptability, Strategic, Maximizer, Responsibility, and Intellection.
 
William has excelled in the classroom and has earned recognition for his efforts. He has been named to the both the “A/B” Honor Roll and the A Honor Roll. He has also been recognized for Perfect Attendance. William is a member in good standing with the National Honor Society. William is currently taking several Dual Credit Courses and is in the top quartile of his class.
 
William has been very active in FHS athletics. He has been a member of the football, track and golf teams.
 
William is also active in his community. He is a member of the 2012 Peanut Festival Royal Court and travels to events across South Texas representing the city of Floresville. In addition, William is active in his church.
 
William is currently employed at Murray Guaranty Title Company in Floresville. Upon graduation in June, William plans to attend Texas A&M, Sam Houston University, or Texas A&M University in Corpus Christi where he will major in either English or marine biology.
 

2012 October Female Student of the Month


The October Female Student of the Month is Lindsey Wilson. Lindsey is the seventeen-year-old daughter of Janice and Phillip Wilson. Lindsey’s strengths are Positivity, Adaptability, Harmony, Achiever, and Developer.
 
For her efforts in the classroom, Lindsey has earned many recognitions. She received the Outstanding Student of the Year award for Advanced Broadcast Journalism, Chemistry and Advanced Broadcast Journalism II. She has been named to the “A” Honor Roll the past three years.
 
Lindsey is also very active in FHS extracurricular activities. As a member of Link Crew, she serves as a peer mentor to incoming freshmen, helping them make a successful transition into high school. She is a member in good standing with the National Honor Society and currently serves as reporter/historian for the Student Council. Lindsey has participated in the News, Feature, and Editorial writing events for UIL Academics and won 1st place in District in last year’s News Writing contest.
 
Lindsey has also found success as a member of the Varsity Tennis Team. Her team earned Regional Qualifier Honors in the Fall of 2009. In the Spring of 2010, Lindsey was the district champion in girls singles competition. In the Fall of 2010, her team again earned Regional Qualifier honors.
 
Despite her busy schedule, Lindsey still finds time for employment. She is currently an aid in the FHS Counseling Office and is a freelance writer for the Wilson County News .
 
Upon graduation in June, Lindsey plans to attend the University of Texas where she will major in Journalism.
 

2012 October Male Student of the Month


The October Male Student of the Month is Abel Ingle. Abel is the seventeen-year-old son of Carmen and Edward Ingle. Abel’s strengths are Strategical, Competition, Learner, Intellection, and Adaptability.
 
Abel has earned numerous distinctions for his efforts in the classroom. He earned the Outstanding Student of the Year Award for Algebra I and was named to the “A” Honor Roll The past three years. He is a member in good standing with the National Honor Society and has represented FHS as a member of the FHS UIL Number Sense Team.
 
Abel is also a leader among his peers and is serving his second term as the Class of 2013 President.
 
In addition to his academics, Abel has been active in FHS athletics. As a member of the track and field team, Abel was a regional qualifier in 2010, 2011, and 2012. He was also a regional qualifier for powerlifting last year.
 
When not busy with his academic and extracurricular activities, Abel is volunteering his time and talents in the community. He has participated and helped plan ACTS retreats through St. Anthony’s Church. He also worked at Pepperoni’s Pizzeria for two years.
 
Upon graduation in June, Abel plans to attend the University of Texas in Austin where he will major in civil engineering.
 

2012 September Female Student of the Month


The September Female Student of the Month is Liesel Raabe. Liesel is the seventeen-year-old daughter of Tammy and John Raabe. Her top 5 Strengths are Belief, Responsibility, Learner, Harmony and Input.
 
For her efforts in the classroom, Liesel has earned numerous honors throughout her high school career. She was named to the A Honor Roll as a freshman, sophomore and junior. She received the Outstanding Student of the Year award in Pre-AP World Geography, Pre-AP Geometry, Pre-AP Algebra II, Pre-AP Pre-Cal, Pathway to Success and Accounting I. In addition, she was recognized for Perfect Attendance her freshman and sophomore years in high school and was named to the National Society of High School Scholars.
 
Liesel has been a leader among her peers. She currently holds the office of President of the FHS Chapter of the National Honor Society. She is serving her second year as a council member for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. As a member of the Texas Association of Future Educators, Liesel serves as the organization’s treasurer. She is also the Senior Class reporter/historian. She held the office of class treasurer as both freshman and sophomore. As a returning member of Link Crew, Liesel serves as a mentor to incoming freshmen, helping them make a smooth transition into high school. She is also currently serving as secretary for her 4-H club. As a member of the 4-H, Liesel has placed 5th and 6th in the goat portion of the Wilson County Stockshow.
 
Liesel is also active in FHS athletics. She has been a member of the varsity cross country and basketball teams for the past four years. She has been on the varsity track team for three years. She received Academic All-District recognition in all sports her freshman, sophomore and junior years. She was the Cross Country Individual Regional Finalist as a sophomore and was a member of the Cross Country Regional Finalist Team her freshman, sophomore, and junior years. She assisted the basketball team in earning the title of Area Champs her freshman, sophomore and junior years. The team earned Regional Semi-Finalist status her freshman and junior years. As a member of the JV track team, Liesel placed 1st in the mile and 2nd in the 2-mile her freshman year.
 
When not busy with her academic and extracurricular activities, Liesel is volunteering in her community. As a member of the Relentless Effort Summer Basketball Program, Liesel has served as team captain. She is also very active in her church where she is active with the Youth Group and has participated in numerous church activities and volunteer efforts. As a member of the Junior Catholic Daughters of America, Liesel holds the office of 2nd Vice President. She has participated in the ACTS Retreat and is an instrumental member of the ACTS Team, preparing and organizing retreats for others. Liesel was appointed Service Team Leader for ACTS. She also serves as an Extra-Ordinary Minister and a Lector. Liesel has assisted with VFW and Knights of Columbus chicken dinners. Liesel has volunteered ringing the bell for the Salvation Army. She has helped create St. Vincent de Paul Thanksgiving feast donation bags and has volunteered endless hours for charitable causes such as cancer benefits, Halloween Safety Education, Vacation Bible School, and many more honorable projects.
 
Upon graduation in June, Liesel plans to attend Texas A&M University where she will pursue Interdisciplinary Studies with plans to become a math teacher.
 

2012 September Male Student of the Month


The September Male Student of the Month is John Colby Shodrock. John is the seventeen-year-old son of Donna and Stephen Shodrock. His top strength is Woo.
 
John has been an integral part of the FHS athletic program, participating in football and baseball. As quarterback of the football team, John has earned Academic All-District Honors. He also plays 2nd base for the Tiger Baseball team.
 
John is also active in various organizations. He is a member in good standing with the National Honor Society and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He is active in both FFA and the 4-H. As a member of 4-H, John received the Gold Star Award, which is the highest award you can receive at the state level. John also holds an office on the county and club level. He is the Eagle Creek 4-H Club President and the Vice President of the Wilson County Council. He is the District 10 2nd Vice President. He represents 31 counties in the area on the District 4-H level. Through 4-H, John participates in the projects of Entomology, Clothing and Textiles, Food Show, Food and Nutrition Quiz Bowl, and Food Challenge. He also raises show and breeding lambs. He has attended the Texas 4-H State Roundup for four consecutive years, placing in the top 3 individuals/team in the state every time. John is a member of Link Crew and loved having the opportunity to welcome the freshmen to high school the past two years.
 
Despite the demands of his academic and extracurricular activities, John still finds time to volunteer in his community. He helped hold bikes while riders rested during the MS 150 Bike Ride. During the Light the Night: Walk for Leukemia & Lymphoma, John walked miles of downtown San Antonio to raise money and awareness for Leukemia and Lymphoma. He also assisted with a rummage sale to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Upon graduation in June, John plans to attend Texas A&M University. He plans to major in either Animal Science-Entomology or Food Science and Technology.