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FOR Awards $1,000 Scholarships
Posted on May 18th, 2017

Each school year, Friends of the River San Bernard offers graduating Seniors, living in or attending a high school within the San Bernard watershed, a scholarship opportunity. Applicants must demonstrate a direct connection between their career path and the betterment of the environment. This year, seven $1,000 scholarships were awarded. 
“It is not just the challenge of youth today to take care of our environment but it is their duty…and we know through these young scholarship recipients, they are up to the task.” – Fred Kanter, FOR Scholarship Committee Chairman
Tom Ronayne, FOR Director stands at the podium and congratulates the four Sweeny High School scholarship winners at their May 17th award's ceremony.The bios below start left with Everett Alford, Abbi Marie Roome, Jessica Virgel and Ashlynn Turbett.
Everett Alford. a Sweeny High School graduate, plans to attend Texas A&M University (Blinn Team) in the fall, planning a career in Biomed and Vet Sciences, Land and Water Steward & Livestock Management. Everett ranked 16th in his class of 143 with a GPA over 4.0. His long-term goals are to own his own and operate his own vet clinic and be involved with the Ag Extension office.  His background in FFA, 4H & Rotary will continue to guide him throughout his path in life. 
Abbi Marie Roome is a Sweeny High School graduate, ranking 18th of 143 classmates. She plans to attend Texas A&M Corpus Christi to pursue a degree in Electrical Engineering. Abbi is a well-rounded individual with a wide range of interests, which are centered to service to her community and church. Abbi is a leader, self-motivated and respected by her peers and teachers. After graduation, Abbi plans to seek employment in the Brazoria County area, bringing new ideas for enhancing the environmental movement on the San Bernard River. 
Jessica Virgel, a Sweeny High School graduate, ranked 6th in a class of 143, plans to attend Texas Tech University in the fall. Her field of study is Nursing – Human Development and Family Studies. Her long-term goal is to receive her master’s degree in nursing and complete the requirement for nurse practitioner specializing in trauma (ER), Medical-Surgical or Labor & DeliveryJessica plans to work on the vast problem of  medical waste in our environment. Jessica has vast volunteering and mentoring avenues, which will serve her throughout her life’s journey.  
Ashlynn Turbett, a Sweeny High School graduate, ranked 1st in her class of 143, plans to attend the University of Texas at Austin to pursue a degree in Electrical Engineering (EE). Ashlynn’s long range plans are to work for NASA and continue her Electrical Engineering education towards her Ph.D. Ashlynn’s love for music will always be a part of her life and she plans to include it in her future hobbies. She plans to work toward reducing carbon emissions to benefit the sea ecosystems by reducing the acidity in the oceans. 
Marissa Macha will be attending Texas A&M University at Kingsville where she will study Range & Wildlife Management. She graduated 2nd in her class of 74 at East Bernard High SchoolMarissa is very active in FFA, National Honor Society and various volunteer activities. She received her Lone Star Degree, the highest degree Texas FFA can bestow. A talented UIL writer, she placed 1st, 2nd & 3rd multiple times in her four years of high school, qualifying her for regional. Her desire to be a wildlife biologist and manage population of animals will help craft the environment.
< Marissa and Fred Kanter, Scholarship Committee​ Chairman, stand behind the East Bernard ISD logo.
Nicholas Noska wrote a cover letter to FOR San Bernard, a nice touch but not required. In the letter, he told about being accepted to the College of Engineering at Texas A&M where he will study Chemical Engineering. His transcript from Bellville High School was very impressive where he ranked 10th in his class with a heavy emphasis on math and science. Nicholas was very active in FFA, Band, Bellville Little League, Volunteer Fire Dept, St Mary’s Episcopal Church, and other community activities. He was named “Breakfast of Champions” outstanding student of character all four years. He plans to encourage green engineering and other renewable forms of energy.
< Nicholas looks down at his reflection on Fred Kanter, Scholarship Committee​ Chairman's head.
Alyssa Marie Froebel plans to attend Texas A&M in the fall to study Animal Science to become a geneticist to build better livestock at her family’s ranch on the San Bernard River. She ranks 14th in her class of 159 at Bellville High School. Active in all facets of FFA she also found time to play varsity softball where she received Academic All District player for three years, attend Girl's State, play volley ball, and was a member of Girl Scout Troop 1214 for four years. She hopes her chosen career path will help endangered animal populations on the San Bernard River fight disease, “Helping endangered animals is one of my passions and I hope with your help, I can make my passion into a career.”
< Alyssa also looks down at her reflection on Fred Kanter, Scholarship Committee​ Chairman's head.
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