2009 Scholarship Winners
Joseph Richard Moreno, Katie Beth Ede and Sara Maria Aviles


Joseph Richard Moreno's ambition is only exceeded by his accomplishments. During his years at Uvalde High School, Joseph was a member of Varsity Soccer, Swimming, Football, and Track. He also competed in Academic Decathlon, Junior Classical League, Web Mastery (for the UHS website), and acted President to the Student Government. He was nominated as the top science student at UHS, College Board AP Scholar, National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholar, was a member of National Honor Society and attended the National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine. He was also hand picked by the UHS principle to serve on the UHS Schedule Committee. Mr. Moreno organized fundraisers for cancer research worked as an assistant coach for Uvalde Youth Soccer Association and participated in an I.M.P.A.C.T. service trip where he assisted needy communities in Texas with construction. Joseph will use his scholarship to assist him at Stanford University where he will major in microbiology and hopes to continue on in Medical School. After college graduation he wants to serve in the Peace Corps in order to serve his country by helping others. Someday, he aspires to return to Uvalde and help others and return some of what he feels that Uvalde has given him.

 

Katie Beth Ede Miss Ede was Varsity Cheerleader Captain, as well as President of the FFA and President of Uvalde 4-H. She served on Student Government as a representative for all four years of her high school career. She has also done volunteer work at the Uvalde Special Olympics, Relay for Life, Rope for a Cure Cystic Fibrosis, Luv Ya Uvalde Thanksgiving Dinner, and Special Needs Children's School Picnic. She has worked with the Uvalde Ministerial Alliance, delivering care packages, and the American Cancer Society. More of her civic service includes: Project Shoebox (for military soldiers), Santa Patrol Toy Drive, Lutheran World Relief, Uvalde Animal Shelter, Toys for Tots, Uvalde Hospice Thrift Shop, Collecting goods for victims of Hurricane Katrina, and several 4-H Community Projects. Despite all of her civic and extra-curricular involvement, she has managed to maintain a 97.8 GPA at UHS and completed 12 hrs of her college education at Southwest Texas Junior College maintaining a 4.0 GPA. Katie plans on attending Angelo State University in the fall, and pursue a Bachelor Degree in Agricultural Business.

 

Sara Maria Aviles (winner of the Alfred Paul "Freddy" Edwards Scholarship) was a member of the UHS Mariachi Band, and Varsity Cheerleader. She was a member of the UHS Student Council and Class Council, as well as a member of the National Honor Society, and the Sacred Heart Church Band. Sara volunteered in Relay for Life and the Uvalde Special Olympics. She plans on obtaining her Registered Nursing license from Southwest Texas Junior College.


2008 Scholarship Winners
Clayborn "Kyle" Machen, Katie Dorflinger and Arthur Thomas, II

UHSAA's Chairman, Terry Harrison, presented scholarships to three UHS seniors at the awards ceremony held on May 8th, 2007. A $1000.00 scholarship was presented to Clayborn "Kyle" Machen. A $1000.00 scholarship was presented to Katie Dorflinger. A $1000.00 UHSAA memorial scholarship in the name of Paul Alfred "Freddy" Edwards, class of 1959, was presented to Arthur Thomas, II.

 

 

Clayborn "Kyle" Machen has spent his UHS years active in UHS Swim Team where he has served as captain and has won numerous accolades including All District and All Region Academic honors. He has also accomplished much of the same in UHS Football, Track, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Latin Club, National Honor Society, National Technical Honor Society and Uvalde County 4-H, where he has always risen to the highest leadership position. He has served as a volunteer, and has excelled in serving for the Uvalde Chrysalis Ministry, Relay for Life, and served in Mexico, Florida, Minnesota, and Newton, Pleasanton and Livingston, Texas in mission fields and leading bible studies. He was voted "Most Dependable" by his peers and has performed in UIL one-act play, and for the UHS Theater department as a supporting actor. He has won UIL medals in swimming, Latin, Social Studies, and History. Kyle will be attending Texas A&M University in the fall.

We received this letter from Kyle following his enrollment at Texas A&M.

 

Dear Uvalde High School Alumni Association

   I cannot express to you enough just how thankful I am to be a recipient of one of your generous scholarships. I feel very blessed to be honored by such a prestigious group.

   I have just recently attended my New Student Conference at Texas A&M University, and am so thrilled to say that I am officially a proud member of the Fightin' Texas Aggie Class of 2012. I am currently enrolled in 13 hours this semester and can not wait to begin classes.

   I am also a proud member of the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets, Company D-2. This outfit prides itself on maintaining a reputation as one of the elite outfits of the Corps of Cadets, with superior grades and leadership figures throughout the entire Corps. I chose this outfit because the cadets within it are committed to excellence. D-2 is a very tough outfit, so my freshman (or "fish" year) will be very challenging.

   Although it might sound crazy that any individual would willingly take on such a challenge, I want you to know that I am joining the Corps to make myself a better, more determined individual.

   You want the best from your scholarship recipients. By challenging myself through my classes and Corps activities, I can assure you that I will be giving one hundred percent of my best efforts to represent the Uvalde High School Alumni Association with excellence.

   Thank you again very much for this opportunity.

Sincerely,

 

 

Katie Dorflinger will be attending Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, TX in the fall. She has participated in Track and Field, where she qualified for regionals and placed at district meets in the last three years including first place in the 200 meter. She is also active in Wrestling, and Volleyball, where she became manager, Student Council (V.P.), National Honor Society, Junior High Band, Cheerleading, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Coyote Country News production, and served as an AVID tutor. She has also served the community with the Special Olympics, playing the flute, community dance troupe, church missions (including Mexico), and leading praise and worship. She has also been in local plays as an actress. Katie has been taking dual credit and some college classes at Southwest Texas Junior College where she has completed 21 hours and maintained a 4.0 average. She is currently on the President's List and the Dean's List at SWTJC

 

 

 

Arthur Thomas, II has been involved in UHS band, where he has served as the brass section leader and been on the UHS track and field team where he has qualified for regionals for 4 years straight. Arthur has also been in the Math Club and has qualified for National Honor Society and National Technical Honor Society. Arthur has served in his church as a catechism instructor for the last 2 years. Arthur will be attending Southwest Texas Junior College in the fall.



2007 Scholarship Winners
Megan Kruckemeyer, Bianca Campos and Lauren Ryland

Chairman, Terry Harrison, presented scholarships to three UHS seniors at the awards ceremony held on April 26, 2007. A $1000.00 scholarship was presented to Megan Kruckemeyer. A $1000.00 scholarship was presented to Bianca Campos. A $3000.00 UHSAA memorial scholarship in the name of Paul Alfred "Freddy" Edwards, class of 1959, was presented to Lauren Ryland. Additional information and photos for each recipient will be added to this page as soon as possible.



 

 

Lauren will be attending SWTJC in Uvalde. Her activities and honors at Uvalde High School have included being in the National Honor Society, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and on the Student Council. She volunteered as a camp counselor at Camp Capers in the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas and also volunteered to work in a Habitat for Humanity project.



Shown below, following the presentation, with Lauren at UHS are L-R: Terry Harrison (UHSAA Chair), Barbara Edwards, Willie Edwards and Gary Heyen(UHSAA Membership Chair).

 

Bianca Campos has been active in UIL Accounting, National Honor Society, National Technical Honor Society and the National Society of High School Scholars. Her community involvements have included volunteering at the Community Council of Southwest Texas, and helping the Head Start Education Coordinators. Bianca plans to attend Texas Tech University.

 

Megan Kruckemeyer has been active in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, National Honor Society, National Technical Honor Society and the Student Council. She has volunteered for Vacation Bible School, the Little Diggers, and has been a Tour Guide for the San Antonio Livestock Exposition and Rodeo School tours. She also plans to attend Texas Tech University.





2006 Scholarship Winners
Amy T. Henderson and Elizabeth B. Ramirez

 

 

Amy will be attending Texas A & M University in College Station and studying Veterinary Medicine. Amy's activities include being in Varsity Band, Marching Band, Mariachi Band, Hi-Steppers Dance Team, teaching Catechism at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, and Tae Kwon Do. Amy also was Vice-President of the National Technical Honor Society, and Parliamentarian of the Speech and Debate Club. In the Debate Club she qualified as first alternate to regional competition. She was initiated into the National Honor Society and elected as UHS Band Quartermaster. Amy also played the flute professionally in a Woodwind Quintet and volunteered at a local Veterinary clinic. Amy loves animals and hopes that her organizational and multi-tasking skills, which she learned at UHS will help her manage her time well at A&M.

 

 

Liz will be attending the University of Texas at Austin and studying to become a Physicians Assistant. Her goal is to graduate at the top of her class from UT Austin. After graduating she would like to become a part of the medical field as a physicians assistant. She would like to take what she learns and move back to Uvalde and provide the community with more resources. Elizabeth has volunteered at numerous benefits, the hospital, her church, the Uvalde Summer Recreation Program, the Saint Henry De Osso Family Literacy Program, the Hospice, Softball Little League, and the Luv Ya Uvalde Thanksgiving Dinner. She is the starting UHS Varsity Softball centerfielder who went to state the playoffs this year. Elizabeth graduated ranked 3rd in her class.



2005 Scholarship Winners
Rafael Gonzales, Lacey Lesosky and Emily Pivoda

 

 

Rafael, plans to stay here in Uvalde and attend SWTJC and work toward a degree in Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement. In High School, he was a member of the National Honor Society and the Vocational Technical Honor Society. He has an interest in music and has helped in the founding of a band, "Looking Forward to Yesterday", and he has used his marketing skills in the distribution of their first CD. He has worked in the religious education program of his church and is a role model for the younger children. He also shares his musical skills with the choir and often helps the Knights of Columbus with their projects.

 

 

Lacey, has set her goal to be a Registered Pharmacist and is planning on attending Schriner University in Kerrville this fall. This past year she was chaplain for the National Technical Vocational Honor Society and secretary for the National Honor Society, as well as being secretary for the Junior Classical Latin Club for the past four years. And she has also taught Vacation Bible School at both the Baptist and Methodist churches. Her next trait is going to make all you mothers out there eat your hearts out. She loves cleaning, likes to wash dishes and bake. Says it helps her relax.

 

 

Emily, wants to pursue a masters in Music Education and a career as a high school or college music teacher, she plans to attend the University of North Texas in Denton this fall. She is a trumpet player, and was a Drum Major for the UHS marching band. She was a member of the UHS Jazz Band, the UHS Mariachi band, the Texas All-State Band and has played her trumpet for the choir at the Methodist Church. She was also the principle trumpet player for the Youth Philharmonic Orchestra in San Antonio and is presently touring the United States this summer marching with the Impulse Drum and Bugle Corps from Anahiem, California.

UPDATE: Emily made the Dean's List in her first semester at North Texas University.




2004 - Our First Scholarship Winners!
Raul Valdez and Emmanuel Zamora



Shown above are our first scholarship recipients on the evening of the awarding to the winners at the Holiday Inn in Uvalde. From left to right are Hal Harrell, UHS Principal, scholarship recipients Raul Valdez and Emmanuel Zamora, and former UHSAA Board Chairman, David Beard.