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Area’s top high school graduates college bound By David Money Staff Writer Sara Jean Hoffman, who is the Alvin High School Class of 2017’s valedictorian, will head off to Cambridge, Mass., later this year to begin her college career at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is the first Alvin student to attend the private research university that is cited by many as one of the most prestigious universities. She plans to major in mechanical

engineering. Michael Curtis is the salutatorian and plans to attend Texas A&M in College Station when the fall term begins. He will major in biomedical engineering. The top two students at Manvel High School are Aaron Shajimon and Alliah Hernandez. Shajimon is the valedictorian and Hernandez is the salutatorian. Shajimon is headed to Texas A&M University where he will major in chemical engineering.

Hernandez is going to The University of Texas at Austin and plans to major in neuroscience. ASSETS Academy’s valedictorian is Chris Tusaneza. He plans to earn an associate’s degree from Alvin Community College before going to the University of Houston. ASSETS Academy’s salutatorian is Isabella Martinez. She is moving on to San Jacinto Community College to study physical therapy.

Congratulations to all 2017 graduates and the Alvin Sunrise Rotary Club scholarship recipients Alvin Sunrise Rotary Club Interact Scholarship AHS: Audrey Gonzales MHS: Simileoluwa Oyefeso

Alvin Sunrise Rotary Club Career and Technology Scholarship AHS: Zachrie Wright MHS: Natori Garlington

Alvin Sunrise Rotary Club Opportunity Plus Scholarship AHS: Brooke Butler AHS: Karen Gonzales

Alvin Sunrise Rotary Club Opportunity Scholarship MHS: Justin Campbell MHS: Noelle Redmen

Alvin Sunrise Rotary Club Restart Scholarship ACC: Neisha Pander ACC: Rachel Herring

The Alvin Sunrise Rotary Club was proud to present $10,000 in scholarships this year. We would like to thank the Alvin community for your support of the Alvin Music Festival and BBQ Cook-off which allows our Club to provide those scholarships along with donations to many local organizations. The Alvin Sunrise Rotary Club was established in 2011 to support the Alvin community through “Service Above Self.” The Club meets every Wednesday morning at 7:30 am at Kelley’s Country Kitchen. For more information, contact President Nick Droege at 281-960-2198.

Top Twenty students at Alvin and Manvel Each year Alvin and Manvel high schools select their top 20 students. That means after the top two are named there are 18 other honor graduates at each school. Isaac Schauer is the third-ranked student at Alvin High School. He is going to the University of Houston to study anthropology and biology. Vivek Patel is the third-ranked student at Manvel High School. He is heading to The University of Texas at Austin to major in computer science. Alvin Honor Students Stephanie Castro plans to attend the University of Texas at Dallas to study math. Chloe Radigan has been accepted by Elon University in North Carolina. She will major in biomedical engineering. Courtney Lynne Schlosser plans to spent her 4-year-college career at Texas A&M where she will major in biomedical engineering. Molly Watson is headed to The University of Texas at Austin to major in psychology. Sofia Aguilar will be off to Austin to major in nursing at The University of Texas. Sydney Dungen is going to Oklahoma’s East Central University where she will major in business. Perry Hector is going to The University of Texas at Austin with plans to major in business. Jared Stilwell plans to study history at The University of Texas in

Austin. Anna Camille Elmore is heading to San Marcos where she will study marketing at Texas State University. Samantha Ann Evans is going to be a student at The University of Texas where she will major in psychology. Julia Anne Pittman is going to the University of Houston with plans to major in biology. Jade Collins is going to be an Aggie at Texas A&M University to major in political science. Jazmin Medina is headed to the University of Houston for the fall semester. Medina will major in communications. Signe Gostomski is going to College Station to major in finance at Texas A&M University. Bethany Reed will major in kinesiology when she begins her freshman year at The University of Texas at Austin. Taylor-Jay Molina is going to be a history student at Texas State University in San Marcos. Allie Russ is going to Nacogdoches where she will major in nursing at Stephen F. Austin State University. Manvel Honor Students Laura Dennison is going to The University of Texas at Austin to major in business. Ankim Nguyen is headed to Austin to major in chemical engineering at The University of Texas. Vanessa Nuval will major in business when she begins her colSee College, page 31

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AISD high school valedictorians, salutatorians Alvin High School

No. 1 Sarah Jean Hoffmann with her favorite teacher, Kristi Lively.

No. 2 Michael Curtis with his favorite teacher, Chad McWhirter.

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No. 1 is Chris Tusaneza with No. 2 is Isabella Martinez with his favorite teacher, Chris her favorite teacher, Buck Bargas. Windsor.

AISD foundation recognizes top students The Alvin ISD Education Foundation hosted its 16th Annual Celebration of Academic Excellence. This was an opportunity to recognize the success of the top 20 seniors from Alvin High School and Manvel High School and the top two seniors from ASSETS Acad-

emy. During the banquet, videos of students recognizing the teacher who had the most impact on their academic careers were shown, as each student was recognized for being in the top of their class. The banquet was held at the Hilton

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Garden Inn in Pearland. Students shared the difference their teachers had made in encouraging them to achieve their goals. Sarah Hoffmann, Alvin High School valedictorian, said about her most influential teacher, Kristi Bell, “Mrs. Bell opened the door to music for

me, and she was an amazing role model.” “The Academic Excellence Banquet is always a great opportunity for the Education Foundation to provide an avenue to recognize the outstanding students and educators in Alvin ISD,” said Sheila Olson, Alvin ISD Education Foundation executive director. The students honored from Alvin High School were: Valedictorian Sarah Hoffmann, Salutatorian Michael Curtis, Isaac Schauer, Stephanie Castro, Chloe Radigan, Courtney Schlosser, Molly Watson, Sofiz Aguilar, Sydney Dungen, Perry Hector, Jared Stilwell, Anna Elmore, Samantha Evans, Julia Pittman, Jade Collins, Jazmin Medina, Signe Gostomski, Bethany Reed, Taylor Molina and Allie Russ. The students from Manvel High School were: Valedictorian Aaron Shajimon, Salutatorian Alliah Hernandez, Vivek Patel, Laura Dennison, Ankim Nguyen, Vanessa Nuval, May Tio, Maya Iyer, Sam George, Shil Shukla, Khoamartin Pham, Sydney Lac, Logan Harvill, Kamil Riaz, Charles Nguyen, Immaculate Pamintuan, Gurdev Dayal, Heather Roberts, Tobenna Nwokedi and Mark Mejia. The students from ASSETS Academy were Valedictorian Chris Tusaneza and Salutatorian Isabella Martinez.

No. 1 Aaron Shajimon with his favorite teacher, Jade Stenger.

No. 2 Alliah Hernandez with her favorite teacher, Barbara Wells.

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Alvin High School top graduates

No. 3 Isaac Schauer with his favorite teacher, Chad Bowen.

No. 4 Stephanie Castro with her favorite teacher, David Weber.

No. 5 Chloe Radigan with her favorite teacher, Kelley Smith.

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No. 6 Courtney Lynne Schlosser with her favorite teacher, Glencora Rodgers.

No. 7 Molly Watson with her favorite teacher, Teresa Witt.

No. 8 Sofia Aguilar with her favorite teacher, Stacy May.

No. 9 Sydney Dungen with her favorite teacher, Suzy Buechel.

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No. 10 Perry Hector with her favorite teacher, Carlene Leal.

No. 11 Jared Stilwell with his favorite teacher, Paul Summa.

No. 12 Anna Camille Elmore with her favorite teacher, Carol West.

No. 13 Samantha Ann Evans with her favorite teacher, Daniela Koontz.

No. 14 Julia Anne Pittman with her favorite teacher, Jennifer Hammond.

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No. 15 Jade Collins with her favorite teacher, Barbie Johnson.

No. 16 Jazmin Medina with her favorite teacher, Kyle Norman.

No. 17 Signe Gostomski with her favorite teacher, Michelle Harrold.

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No. 19 Taylor Jay Molina with his favorite teacher, Ronnie Molina.

No. 20 Allie Russ with her favorite teacher, Ray Leal.

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Here’s some graduation advice Manvel top graduates Graduation season, an oft-emotional time of great celebration and reflection, is on the horizon. Though soon-to-be graduates are about to have one set of challenges firmly behind them, other important life decisions and experiences are looming in the not-too-distant future. Although there’s no magic set of rules for post-graduation, the

following advice can help recent graduates transition from the classroom to the ceremony and then life after school. • Attend the graduation ceremony. Graduating students may debate whether or not to attend their graduation ceremonies. Such ceremonies tend to be lengthy, and outdoor affairs can be hot and uncomfortable. However, graduation



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is a milestone moment that you won’t get to enjoy again. Attending graduation allows you one last academic experience, and even if that may seem like too meaningful right now, you might regret skipping the ceremony down the road. • Enjoy graduation, but buckle down once the dust settles. According to a survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, the job market for new graduates is improving marginally. But the Institute for College Access and Success notes that many college graduates will be saddled with around $25,000 in debt upon earning their degrees. Many student loans have a sixmonth repayment grace period after graduation, so new grads who don’t already have a job lined up may want to use some of that grace period to travel, visit distant relatives, or relax and recharge before their first payment comes due. Use the time wisely, but be prepared to buckle down when the time comes

No. 17 Gurdev Dayal with his favorite teacher, Robert Lechleiter.

No. 18 Heather Roberts with her favorite teacher, Alexis Fontenot.

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AISD foundation celebrates academic excellence

The top students at Alvin and Manvel high schools and ASSETS Academy were honored May 15 during the Alvin ISD Education Foundation’s 16th Annual Celebration of Academic Excellence banquet. (Staff photos by Albert Villegas)

Manvel honor graduate Gurdev Dayal walks in with his favorite teacher, Robert Lechleiter, at the event. Behind them are Manvel High School teacher Monica Silvas and others.

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Alvin High School dual-degree graduates on the left. Manvel High School dual-degree graduates on the right. (Contributed photos)


131 students earn dual degrees

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Congratulations to my 1st group of students that I taught in the 2006-2007 school year at Mark Twain 11 years ago! Seniors returned to their Elementary campuses on May 15, 2017 and I got to see 3 former students (from left to right) Mariana Lopez, Karen Gonzalez, & Maite Belman. (middle) Teacher, Jannette Gonzalez. It was an incredible blessing to see them again. I am so proud of the class. -Jannette Gonzalez

During an Alvin Community College Commencement ceremony on May 13, another record number of students from Alvin, Manvel, Dawson and Turner high school walked across the stage at ACC just weeks ahead of getting their high school diplomas. ACC had 131 students who successfully earned 60 hours of college coursework through participation in the Alvin Community College Dual Credit-Dual Degree program and completed their Associate Degree in General Studies. Most dual graduate students begin their journey as fresh-

men, taking classes on their high school campus and any additional courses needed at ACC or online. Advisors say it requires a great deal of work, and the students have to stay on task. “Each year our Dual Degree graduates continue to grow. It is a true testament to the ambition, drive, and fortitude of the students and the ACC program, faculty and staff,” said Akilah Martin, ACC director of College and Career Pathway. “As we continue to share the stories of these students and educate families, counselors and teachers about the program, I am confident that we will continue to see these numbers increase.” Students seeking the associates degree have increased dramatically since ACC’s first dual degree grad, Thomas Schuenemann, in 2008. Since the first graduate, the ACC Dual Credit program has graduated 337 students. There are now more than 1,600 students enrolled in the program at seven area campuses. This year, many of the top students at Alvin, Manvel and Turner high schools are also ACC students, including: 15 of the top 20 at Alvin, 17 of the top 20 at Manvel, and all 10 of the Top 10 students at Turner High School. The 2016-17 graduates from Alvin High School are: Christine Estrada, Samantha Evans, Pedro Garcia-Calero, Chavez Garza, Amber Gonzalez, Signe GosSee Dual, page 31

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ACC marked the 50th anniversary of its first graduating class in nursing during a pinning ceremony May 10. From left are: former ACC nursing director Sally Durand, current director Dr. Debbi Fontenot, and former director Betty Oliver.

ACC celebrates 50 years of nursing

As a young mother, Sarah Caldwell Brown wanted to make life better for her children, so she enrolled with the Alvin Community College Nursing Program nearly 50 years ago. “My instructors were behind me all the way,” she said. “My education gave me the basis for an awesome career.” After graduating from ACC’s second nursing class in 1968, she would go on to operate the emergency room at Ben Taub Hospital, then to graduate studies at Johns Hopkins University. Brown was one of nearly 20 ACC nursing alumni to celebrate the program’s 50th anniversary of graduating students during the associate degree nurse pinning May 10. One of the attendees was former director Betty Oliver. During her time at ACC, the college had only a few facilities to train nurs-

es. That didn’t stop them from becoming a well-respected nursing school, she said. “We have a really good reputation now,” Oliver said. “Our faculty works so hard. It’s just a great program.” The Nursing Program started at ACC in 1965 and is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. Many of its alumni are working in health care facilities throughout the region. Graduates from the program regularly post among the highest pass rates on the National Council Licensure Exam for Registered Nurses in Texas. In 2016, graduates had a 95 percent pass rate compared to the 84 percent state pass rate. Patricia Fisher graduated from the program in 1976 and enjoyed a long career in the nursing field. See Nursing, page 29

ACC nursing instructor Mary Alice Estes, second from left, gives a group of ACC nursing alumni a tour of the Science/Health Science Building on May 10. From left are: Jeanette Miller, 1973; Mary Alice Estes; Patricia Fisher, 1976; Kara Johnson, 2012; and Sara Caldwell Brown, 1968. (Contributed photos)

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ACC Diagnostic Cardiovascular Chairwoman Jessica Murphy, left, hugs student Angelica Smith, of Alvin, who received a scholarship during Awards Day on April 24. (Contributed photo)

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When Angelica Smith and her husband faced difficult economic struggles, she felt it was time to go back to school, not just for her career, but for her children. “Everything compounded on us,” she said. “It was difficult to pay the bills. I had to tell my kids no to everything.” In 2011, Smith enrolled in the Alvin Community College GED program and would go on to earn her diploma. The Alvin mother graduated from ACC with an associate degree and is now embarking on a profession. “I knew I could do it, so I did things one step at a time,” she said. With the encouragement of ACC advisor Toby Herzog, she enrolled in the Certified Nursing Assistant program. It helped get her a better-paying job, and it was more financial support for her family. But, she wanted to go further. So while working as a nursing assistant, Smith continued to take credit courses. She wasn’t

sure yet about what degree plan to pursue until one of her children needed an ultrasound one day. “The tech was so loving, and I found it was something I could do,” she said. She quit her job as a nursing assistant and enrolled in the Diagnostic Cardiovascular Sonography program where she quickly excelled and was an influence on other students, said Jessica Murphy, DCVS director. “She is such a dedicated student,” Murphy said. “She lifts up her fellow classmates by encouraging them and forming study groups that meet at her home where she makes them tamales.” DCVS instructor Deb Kleinhans said Smith’s motivation was inspiring. “She has worked hard to get to where she is,” Kleinhans said. “She has applied herself for the demands put on her. She has been a wonderful student and friend.” Smith performed well at her

clinical instruction sites and was eventually hired to work there before she graduated. Smith also won the department’s Clinical Star Award, along with the DCVS institutional scholarship. Now that’s she’s graduated and working in the field, Smith said she will take a small break from school to spend more time with her children and gain professional experience as a sonographer. “I love caring for people,” she said. “I helped take care of my grandparents. I love interacting with my patients, and I love sonography. I feel like I’m in a good place, but I do plan to go on and get my bachelor’s degree.” While her degree and career were important financially for her family, Smith hopes it serves a bigger purpose for her children. After she received her degree, Smith’s daughter gave her words of encouragement. “She told me, ‘we can do anything,’” Smith said. “This is a good example for my kids.”

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Nurse pinning at ACC

Alvin Community College nursing student Lisa Westbrook, of Pearland, waves to her family while receiving her nursing pin from associate degree nursing director Dr. Debbi Fontenot. The pinning ceremony was held May 10 in the ACC Gym. This year is the 50th anniversary of the first graduating class of the Associate Degree Nursing Program. (Contributed photo)



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Alvin Community College nursing students wave at family members during a pinning ceremony May 10 in the ACC Gym. This year is the 50th anniversary of the first graduating class of the Associate Degree Nursing Program. (Contributed photo)

Alvin Community College nursing students Emery Bennett, left, of Missouri City, and Katrina Benton, of Pearland, light the ceremonial lamps during a nurse pinning ceremony May 10 in the ACC Gym. This year is the 50th anniversary of the first graduating class of the Associate Degree Nursing Program. (Contributed photo)

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Licensed Vocational nurses receive ACC pins

Alvin Community College licensed vocational nursing graduates Andromeda Flores, left, of Rosharon, and Kelsey Fox, of Danbury, light the ceremonial lamps during a pinning ceremony May 11 in the ACC gym. (Contributed photo)

Alvin Community College licensed vocational nursing grad Perla Ayala, of Freeport, gives a thumbs up to her family while receiving her nursing pin from Melinda Wallace, licensed vocational nursing department chair, May 11 in the ACC gym. (Contributed photo)

Hit ground running in job hunt Graduation is an exciting time in the lives of students. After years in the classroom preparing for life after school, graduation marks a time when students are finally ready to enter the “real world” and land their first professional job. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics advises that earning a college degree can greatly improve a person’s chance of landing a job. The more education a person receives, the lower his or her prospects of being unemployed become. The BLS said that, as of 2014, individuals with a bachelor’s degree could earn on average $1,101 per week, compared to $668 for persons with high school diplomas. Those with bachelor’s degrees had a 3.5 percent unemployment rate compared to 6 percent for those with only high school diplomas. The National Center for Education Statistics estimates that roughly two million students earn bachelor’s degrees each year. Many others will go on to earn master’s or doctorates before entering the workforce. As the economy continues to improve, job prospects follow suit.

According to a job outlook from the National Association of Colleges and Employers, employers had plans to hire 8.3 percent more new college graduates in 2015 than in 2014. The growth of businesses and the rising rate of retiring Baby Boomers has spurred employment prospects. Landing a job post-graduation requires diligence on the part of new grads, and the following are a handful of ways to make those pursuits more successful. • Hit the ground running. It’s tempting for recent grads to take the summer off and have a lax approach to job hunting after all of the hard work they put into their education. But recent grads can get a head start on their competition by beginning their searches immediately after earning their degrees. Create a list of a few target companies you have your eye on, and then tap into your network to find a contact at each company and reach out to that contact directly. • Focus on a career path. Prospective employers prefer that applicants have some certainty regarding the types of jobs they are looking for. Take a career assessment test or work with a career counselor to narrow down the

fields and positions that speak to you. Avoid the “I’m willing to do or learn anything” approach to job applications. Employers may see that as desperation. • Don’t rely entirely on the Internet. Oftentimes, landing a good job requires reaching out to people in person. In a MonsterCollege survey, 78 percent of job-seekers See Job , page 29


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Alvin Community College President Dr. Christal M. Albrecht, right, presents a diploma to student Johanna Linscomb, of Lake Jackson, during commencement May 13. (Contributed photo)

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Spring commencement at ACC

Alvin Community College presented State Rep. Ed Thompson, center, with an honorary associate degree after he delivered the commencement address May 13. Joining him are ACC President Dr. Christal M. Albrecht, left, and Board of Regents Chair Mike Pyburn. (Contributed photo) ALVIN HIGH



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Give unique gifts to grads Graduation celebrations typically involve commencement ceremonies, family dinners and/or parties, and plenty of gifts for newly minted grads. According to the U.S. National Center for Education Statistics, roughly 3.5 million students are expected to be awarded high school diplomas at the end of the 2016-17 school year. That makes graduation season a season for shopping, as well. Graduation gifts can be as varied as the personalities of the graduates themselves. Here are some less typical gift ideas for shoppers who want to give the new grads in their lives something unique. • Time capsule: Let the graduate pull together a series of items that exemplify some of the best days of their lives. These items can then be tucked away in the capsule and opened years from now. • Monogrammed items: College students may arrive on campus with items that look very similar to their new classmates’ belongings. Set your favorite grad’s items apart with monogrammed pieces that are unique and easy to recognize. • Individual coffee machine: If it’s allowed in the dorm, a single-serve See Gift, page 29

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Alvin Community College faculty members applaud graduates after the end of commencement May 13. (Contributed photo)

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Alvin Community College Spanish instructor Dr. Itzel Richarte, left, hugs Dual Degree graduate and Turner High School salutatorian Rahul Paul after commencement May 13. (Contributed photo)

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Graduation’s powerful march When asked to list renowned classical composers, Mozart or Beethoven may come to mind. Many people may not think to mention Edward Elgar. But there’s an excellent chance thousands of people are very familiar with the most famous work by Elgar. “Pomp and Circumstance” is undoubtedly Elgar’s biggest claim to fame. It has become the standard to which many soon-to-be graduates proceed into their graduation ceremonies, both in high school and college. As such, it has become one of the most recognized concert marches. The song -- the trio section of

the first march in a series written by Elgar -- was not written with the intention of being a graduation processional. Elgar built up his reputation as a composer of works for great choral festivals throughout England. In 1901, Elgar began composing five marches that would be named “Pomp and Circumstance Marches.” He is perhaps best known for the first of the marches, which went on to be simply named “Pomp and Circumstance” or “The Graduation March.” Since 1905, it has been used at virtually all high school and university graduations in See March, page 29

Great Job! Congratulations Senior Classes of 2017 Gap years give students more time to explore what they want to do with their lives after high school. (Contributed photo)

Gap years become trendier by the year Whereas high school graduates once felt compelled to enroll in college the fall after receiving their high school diplomas, nowadays a greater number of teens are opting to take time off between graduating high school and going to college. Known as a “gap year,” this trend has become increasingly popular in recent years. According to the American Gap Association, attendance at Gap Year Fairs, which aim to bring together Gap Year organizations, interested students and parents, has increased by 294 percent since 2010. While there are no statistics indicating just how many students take gap years before going to college, the increase in fair attendance suggests more students are interested in taking a year away from school after earning their high school diplomas. Each student is different, so what entices one student to take a

gap year may not do the same for his or her classmate. However, the following are some of the potential benefits of taking a gap year between high school and college. • Gap years give more time to find a major. Many incoming college freshmen feel pressured to choose a major even though they are uncertain about which courses of study they hope to pursue. Colleges and universities may not require incoming freshmen to choose majors, but that does not stop many from doing just that. Students who have no idea what they want to study can benefit from the time gap years afford them to further explore their interests. The year away may help students discover hidden interests, while volunteering during gap years may inspire some to pursue careers they otherwise may never have considered had they not found the time to See Gap, page 29

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The valedictorian and salutatorian at Living Stones Christian School are Bailey Anderson and Michael Nehring. Anderson will attend Southwestern Assemblies of God University in Waxahachie in the fall. Nehring plans to attend Alvin Community College in the fall. (Contributed photo)

Gap Continued from page 27 volunteer. • Gap years may provide students with opportunities to travel. Some organizations now connect students taking gap years with opportunities to work overseas. The work may not be lucrative, but it can give students the chance to experience life in other countries. Such an experience may prove invaluable and help students to better understand the world that awaits them upon graduating college.


• Gap years give students a chance to exhale. Students who spent their high school years working hard in the classroom and engaging in extracurricular activities may benefit from the time to breathe and relax that gap years afford. Stepping away from a hectic schedule can provide students with the chance to reflect on their interests and explore how they want the next chapter of their lives to unfold. • Gap years can help students

earn some money. While gap years may not make young students rich, students who spend their gap years working can earn money that can help them pay for college tuition or cover the additional costs associated with going to college, such as room and board. Gap years give young students a chance to learn about themselves and more time to explore what they want to do with their lives after high school.

sic. It was so well received that it was soon expected to be played during graduation ceremonies at many other prominent schools. Today it is rare to hear “The Graduation March” played outside of commencement ceremonies. Many graduates have fond

memories of hearing “Pomp and Circumstance” at their school commencement, even remembering the exact moment they received their degrees. For those attending a graduation ceremony in the near future, expect to hear this powerful march.

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America. The first time “Pomp and Circumstance” was played in a graduation setting was when Elgar received an honorary doctorate from Yale University in 1905. At the end of the ceremony, the march was performed as recessional mu-

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coffee machine can help students make it through finals week. A coffee machine also will help students save money on takeout coffee. • Macro phone camera lens: Graduates can capture all of their memories from parties, vacations and more with a macro lens to fit


their phones. • Survival kit: If the graduate is going to college or leaving college, customize a basket full of items he or she may need to make their transitions that much easier. Food can always serve as the centerpiece of such baskets, but don’t hesitate to

include decorative items to outfit that first apartment or dorm room. • Commemorative coins: Purchase coins for the year the graduate was born or the year he or she is graduating. These coins can be saved or later turned into useable currency.

• Tailgating kit: Set up your graduate with a portable grill and the grilling accoutrements needed to throw a great tailgating party with friends. • Restaurant gift cards: Grads need to eat, but are often short on money. Research local eater-

ies around the college campus and stock up on gift cards. • Family vacation: For college graduates, a voucher for a fun, oldfashioned vacation can bring the family together one last time before jobs and mismatched schedules get in the way.

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Landing a job post-graduation requires diligence on the part of new grads. (Contributed photo) said networking was a factor in their job searches. Standing out from the crowd may involve physically standing out. Attend conferences or speeches from people who work at the companies you’re investigating. Don’t be afraid to shake some hands and introduce yourself to others. • Think about what you can offer to prospective employers. Narrow down your specific skills and customize your résumés or cover


letters to the specific talents you can offer each potential employer. Use examples that illustrate these skills from past school courses, volunteerism or part-time jobs. Your “quirks,” like being the most punctual person in your group of friends, may turn out to be the skill an employer admires the most. Consider developing a career portfolio that highlights your past achievements. • Do your homework before an

interview or networking opportunity. Always be prepared before an interview or when meeting with someone you are soliciting for job help. Research the company and know its background so you have an idea of how the company runs. Keep a list of questions at the ready. A knowledge of the company can help you stand out from other applicants.

the Nursing Program. “I got a good education here. My granddaughter received a great education.” Johnson said her grandmother was a major influence and motivated her to finish the program. Johnson finished the program in 2012. “One day I came home crying,

and I wanted to quit,” Johnson said. “She made me go back.” Today, Brown helps teach ACC nursing students during their clinicals at Mainland Medical Center in Texas City. “The students get a good foundation here, and they have something to build on,” Brown said.


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Continued from page 15 She then encouraged her granddaughter Kara Johnson to get her nursing degree from ACC. The program continues to excel and provides quality health care providers for the area, she said. “This is wonderful,” Fisher said as she toured the Science/Health Science Building, which houses


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tomski, Shelby McMeekin, Jazmin Medina, George Perez, Julia Pittman, Bethany Reed, Lindy Reed, Savannah Skinkis, Colton Stanley and Jossue Velazquez. The Manvel High School graduates are: Jose Alonso, Adaugo Anyalebechi, Alyssa Cerda, Myia Collins, Nickolas Cooper, Vhenyse Encarnacion, Bethany Fortune, Anthony Guiton, Zaakirah Holmes, Yelitza Martinez, Mark Mejia, Jeff Onyemachi, Nikolas Prazak, Hector Ramirez, Breaunna Schatz, Johali Serrano,

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to start repaying loans. • Join an alumni association. Regardless of the size of your school, chances are strong they have a local alumni association and several chapters across the country. Take advantage of these organizations to connect with fellow alumni, who can be invaluable sources of information and provide connections that may help you find a job in your field. • Read and learn new skills. If you have yet to land that first job, use some of your down time to reacquaint yourself with reading for


Kameron Smith, Victoria Vira and Elyce West. Turner High School graduates are: Alison Adams, Emily Aguiar, Carissa Aguirre, Maria Alvarado, Alfonso Badillo, Kendall Baker, Kane Berger, Reid Blanchard, Michael Blankenship, Bailey Bradley, Eric Burrell, Taylor Bussey, Kindel Calanchi, Lauryn Carter, Melani Castro, Ciara Cloran, Amy Danh, Juan De la Garza, Sydney Dixon, Samantha Dixon, Evelyn Espinosa, Samantha

Esquivel, Eden Garza, Alexis Gomez , Abel Gonzalez, Lisa Halford, Alexa Hall, Zoe Hart, Ryan Hashem, Kaylen Hayes, Andres Hinojosa, Kaitlynn Hoang, Shane Hoffower, Ryan Holt, Ray Hunter Jr, Miroslava Jerez, Taylor Kelley, Keith Kenney, Jessica Kuntz, Kevin Kuriachan, Antonio Laffoon, Jeramisia Lewis Hogan, Cambre Little, Jared Lorance, Kaitlyn Manzanaris, Tayler Mckenzie, Jasmine Meng, Blair Mitchell, Stephanie Molina, Joseph Mon-

pleasure instead of reading as part of an assignment. You also can use extra time to explore new skills, such as learning certain software or applications that may help you stand out in a competitive job market. • Before you decide what you want to do, you may have to figure out what you don’t like. Another way to use free time is to volunteer or apply for internships in fields you may want to work in. These experiences can help you determine your career options and find a career you find both challenging

and exciting. But such opportunities can also help you determine when a given line of work isn’t for you. Oftentimes, finding the right career path takes some trial and error. Don’t get too down if an opportunity doesn’t pan out. Instead, keep your head up and take advantage of the next opportunity that comes your way. Graduation is a time of mixed emotions. Graduates can not only use graduation season to make lasting memories with friends but also to take the first steps toward the next phase of their lives.

Kamil Riaz is heading to Austin to study biology at The University of Texas. Charles Nguyen will go to Texas A&M University to study mechanical engineering. Immaculate Lagunzad Pamintuan isn’t sure yet of what college to attend, but of this writing is planning to study sustainable farming at the University of Houston. Gurdev Dayal has The Univer-

sity of Texas at Austin in mind where Dayal will study biochemistry. Heather Roberts plans to study computer science at Texas A&M University in College Station. Tobenna Nwokedi is going to study psychology at the University of Houston. Mark Mejia is headed to the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston to study nursing.

temayor, Alecia Mota, Alexander Nguyen, Daniel Nguyen, Kelly Nguyen, Arvin Josh Noble, Michael Nyairo, Tai Odion, Juan Olveda, Ana Ortiz, Nadia Partida, Rahul Paul, Stephen Pena, Johnathan Pruitt, John Anthony Ramillano, Juan Regino, Trenton Rogers, Donavan Rothman, Parker Roy, Evelyn Russell, Sean Schaffner, Nicholas Seydler, Cheyenne Shull, Sasha Sillas, Christopher Simons, Lindsey Smith, Lauryn Smith, Sina Soeum, Alyssa Stephens,

Luke Tadlock, Victoria Trevino, Nicholas Trinh, Daniel Trosper, Naelie Vancia, Madelynn Vickers, Kailey Waddell, Rayna Ware and Jessica Zavala. Dawson High School student Jonathan Bartholomae graduated from the Dual Degree program. If you are interested in learning more about the ACC Dual Credit/Dual Degree programs, visit the program online at www., Facebook, and/or Twitter.

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Continued from page 2 lege career at The University of Texas May Tio plans to be a biochemistry major at the University of Houston. Maya Iyer is going to Austin to study neuroscience at The University of Texas. Sam George is going to begin his college years studying toward a degree in biomedical engineering at the University of Houston. Shil Shukla is heading to The University of Texas at Austin to work on a biology degree. Khoamartin Pham plans to study public health at The University of Texas at Austin. Sydney Lac will be a student at The University of Texas at Austin where Lac plans to study biochemistry. Logan Jones Harvill will study journalism at The University of Texas at Austin.

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