HHS announces top 10 graduates
- Written by Patsy Oliver
Ranking in the first 10 percent of one’s high school class is quite an accomplishment, but being among the top 10 individuals is remarkable. Humble High School’s top graduates gathered around a table last Tuesday morning and learned their official ranks in the Class of 2008. The announcement was made during a breakfast in honor of these students, whose efforts for the past 13 years have paid off, as each prepares for a new educational journey. Superintendent Dr. Guy Sconzo congratulated the group and smiled as he told them that his graduating class held about 500 people, and he thought he might have been in the top half. The students laughed at the admission, but listened as he encouraged them by saying they can achieve whatever they strive toward, with hard work and determination. Top 10 HHS Graduates (1) Valedictorian Sylvia Wan said she was surprised at her class rank. “ I never thought I’d be (number) one,” said Wan. She said her parents were very proud, adding that she will be the first in her family to attend college. Wan will go to the University of Houston to begin her preparation to become a pharmacist. (2) Salutatorian Rebecca Berry said that she looks forward to attending Baylor University in the fall. Berry bowled for HHS both individually and on the girls’ team. During that time, the Wildcats took a district title and qualified for state competition. (3) Nancy Bermudez will attend the University of Texas to begin her pursuit of a medical degree. Aside from her passion for biology fueling her desire to become a doctor, Bermudez said she lost a friend to leukemia last year “He was the first person I befriended when I moved to Humble ... . His passing reaffirmed my dreams to become a doctor,” said Bermudez. I really want to be able to put forth my best effort and channel my energy at being able to combat and exercise some control over the disease that killed my friend and kills so many people every day. I just feel it’s the least I can do.” (4) Christopher Ruis will leave for the United States Military Academy at West Point on June 29 where he will study mechanical engineering. Ruis said his parents encouraged him throughout his efforts to attain his dream of going to West Point. “They were really supportive. They tried to keep me on track,” said Ruis. “They’re really excited and proud.” Ruis served as battalion commander of this year’s JROTC at HHS and has been a cadet since his freshman year. (5) Lindsey Harmon came to HHS in 2005 from Lake Charles, La., after her dad was offered a job in Houston. She will attend UT. and study business administration and communications. At HHS she was president of the French Club. (6) Jacquelynn Christina Angst attended Timberwood Middle School before coming to HHS, where she excelled in German, earning an award in foreign language. She will attend the University of Texas and study electrical/computer engineering. (7) Daniel Middleton will study math at UT. His high school activities included band and the German Club. (8) Ariel Deshotel will attend the University of St. Thomas to further her vocal talent. She was in choir (a capella) and on the varsity cross-country track team. (9) Jesus B. Hernandez will attend the Louisiana Scholars’ College at Northwestern State University, where he will study biochemistry. Hernandez was on the Wildcats’ varsity football team and was named offensive line MVP for 2007-08. (10) Reid Ritter plans to major in English at UofH. He was on the HHS bowling team and also volunteered for five years at Humble Skatepark. Photo (top): Salutatorian Rebecca Berry, left, and valedictorian Sylvia Wan will address the Humble High School Class of 2008 at commencement May 31 at Reliant Stadium. Photo by Patsy Oliver Group photo: Humble High School announced their top 10 graduates last week and honored them during a breakfast at the school. On the back row from left are: Reid Ritter (10), Jesus Hernandez (9), Ariel Deshotel (8), Daniel Middleton (7), and Jacquelynn Christina Angst (6). Front from left are: Lindsey Harmon (5), Christopher Ruis (4), Nancy Bermudez (3), Rebecca Berry (2), and Sylvia Wan (1).