Four students from John B. Alexander High School and one from United South High School have been selected as 2013 Gates Millennium Scholar (G.M.S.) recipients. Students are selected based on their notable academic achievements, leadership skills and record of community service. The Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program selects 1,000 talented students each year to receive a good-through-graduation scholarship to use at any college or university of their choice.
Homero Cisneros, A.H.S.
Parents: Martha and Homero Cisneros
Extracurricular Activities: National Honor Society, Football, health Occupations Students of America, Dental Care Club, Sagrado Corazon Youth Group.
Community Service: Volunteering in retirement homes, donating clothing to the needy, donating blood, Laredo Community College Soccer camp coach and restoration effort of Muller Nature Trail.
College of Choice: Baylor University and Baylor College of Medicine.
Future Plans: To join the medical field in Laredo and offer service through my own private practice.
Student Quote: “Thanks to my parents, my nominator and recommender Ms. Oronoz and Mr. Orozco. I also thank my peers for helping me find this scholarship.”
Carolina Chapa, A.H.S.
Parents: Sara and Francisco Chapa
Extracurricular Activities: UIL Mathematics, Calculator, Spelling, Health Occupations Students of America (H.O.S.A.), National Honor Society and Science National Honor Society.
Community Service: Youth group president and Sunday school teacher.
College of Choice: St. Edward’s University to major in Biology and medical school.
Future Plans: To pursue a career as a surgeon.
Student Quote: “First and foremost I give thanks to God for everything I have accomplished. I must also thank my parents, siblings and friends. Also, a special thanks to Mr. Santacruz and Mr. Aguilar. Thank you all for your encouragement.”
Madie Simms, A.H.S.
Parents: Sara and Matt Simms
Extracurricular Activities: National Honor Society, Might Bulldog Band, Color Guard Captain, Youth Leadership Laredo, Interact Club and All-American All-Star Cheerleader.
Community Service: Girl Scout Ambassador, 4-H Club 2nd Vice-President, Boy Scout Venture Crew Secretary, Bethany House, Habitat for Humanity, Voz De Niños, Casa De Misecordia and many other organizations.
College of Choice: Baylor University to study and receive doctoral degree in environmental science.
Future Plans: To become an Environmental Scientist and researcher for the Smithsonian Institute. Also, to conserve rain forests in Peru.
Student Quote: “I would like to thank both my parents, but especially my mother who put up with me and pushed me to be successful. I would also like to thank Ms. Oronoz who nominated me for this incredible scholarship”.
Daniel Colchado, A.H.S.
Parents: Sanjuana Guadalupe and Daniel Colchado
Extracurricular Activities: Health Occupations Students of America (H.O.S.A.), Science National Honor Society, UIL Science, UIL Lincoln- Douglas debate and National Beta Club.
Community Service: Volunteered over 300 hours at South Texas Research Alliance.
College of Choice: Rice University (Rice University – Baylor College of Medicine (Medical Scholars Program).
Future Plans: Study bioengineering at Rice University and attend Baylor College of Medicine focusing on clinical treatment for neglected tropical diseases.
Student Quote: “I thank my parents for their unconditional love and I thank my siblings for giving me a reason to succeed and for being good role models. I would also like to recognize all my teachers for their dedication. Thank you to my nominator Mr. Marco Garcia along with my recommender Mr. Ricardo Aguilar. I must also thank my counselor Ms. Imelda Martinez for helping me strive for more. I also appreciate all of my friends who believed in me and gave me the hope that I needed.”