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The Valero Alamo Bowl today announced its 2013 scholarship winners at a special luncheon held at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse. Bowl President/CEO Derrick Fox presented $5,000 scholarships to 40 graduating seniors, who were selected from San Antonio high schools.

The Valero Alamo Bowl’s local scholarship total has now surpassed the $1.2 million mark from contributions over the past 13 years.All of the scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic achievement, teacher recommendations, financial need, involvement in extracurricular activities and honors as well as a personal narrative. Several of the students also excelled in their respective sports.

“The Valero Alamo Bowl is honored to recognize the achievements earned by these seniors at today’s luncheon and on the field during this year’s game,” said Fox. “These multi-faceted students are to be commended for their performance in the classroom, on the athletic fields, their commitment to extra-curricular activities and their leadership and impact in their communities.”

This year’s Valero Alamo Bowl Scholarship recipients are:
 

Matthew Baiza, John Jay Science and Engineering Academy: Matthew hopes to attend Harvard University and major in political science. He is a member of his high school’s cross country team, varsity men’s choir, chamber choir, humanities club, and national honor society.

Noah Bice, O’Connor High School: Noah hopes to attend The University of Texas at Austin to study Mathematics and Physics. He is a member of his high school’s cross country and track team, French club, and Mu Alpha Theta.
 
Paige Cheatham, St. Mary’s Hall: Paige hopes to attend Rice University to study biology or business management. She is a member of her high school’s varsity basketball team, student council, Statesmen of America, Shadow and Shield Society.
 
Jonathan Check, Madison High School: Jonathan hopes to attend the University of Mary Hardin Baylor to study journalism. He is a member of his school’s National Honor Society, International Thespian Society, and varsity choir.
 
Kevin Cortinas, Thomas Jefferson High School: Kevin hopes to attend the University of Texas at Austin to study electrical engineering. He is a member of his high school’s National Honor Society, baseball, basketball, and cross country team.  
 
David Cruz, Southside High School: David hopes to attend the University of Texas at Austin to study natural sciences. He is a member of his high school’s Health Occupations Students of America group, academic decathlon, National Honor Society, and cross country, track and field team. 
 
William Fletcher Jr., East Central High School: William hopes to attend Texas Tech University to study animal science. William is a member of the National Honor Society and an East Central High School Scholar.  He is also a member of the Judson FFA. 
 
Desirae Friesenhahn, Clemens High Scool: Desirae hopes to attend Yale University to study Engineering and business. She is a member of her high school’s varsity track and field team, National Honor Society, and varsity volleyball team.
 
Chase Guillory, Brandeis High School: Chase hopes to attend Harvard University to study premedicine. Chase is a member of the National Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta at his school. He was also Mr. Teen Fiesta in 2013 and very involved in his church.
 
Garrett Hinck, Keystone School: Garrett hopes to attend Georgetown University to study international relations and political science. He is a member of his high school’s National Honor Society, Student Council, Literary Magazine, varsity soccer team, and theater program. 
 
Daniel Izarraras, South San High School: Daniel hopes to attend the University of Texas at San Antonio to study electrical engineering. Daniel is a member of his high school’s basketball team, Robotics Club, French Club, and National Honor Society.  
 
Paarth Kapadia, Health Careers High School: Paarth hopes to attend Johns Hopkins University. Paarth is a member of his high school’s Latin Club, National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, and Student Council. 
 
Alexandria Knecht, Incarnate Word High School: Alexandria hopes to attend Florida Southern College Lakeland to study premedicine. Alexandria is a member of her high school’s volleyball team and National Honor Society. 
 
Gabriel Long, Reagan High School: Gabriel hopes to attend Baylor University to study pre-law. She is a member of her high school’s National Honor Society, Spanish Honors Society, Underclassmen Honors Society, and soccer team.
 
Joshua Luna, Brennan High School: Joshua hopes to attend the United States Naval Academy to study premedicine. He is a member of his high school’s varsity football team, track and field team, National Honor Society, Spanish Honors Society, Mu Alpha Theta and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. 
 
Maleen Madison, Marshall High School: Maleen hopes to attend Rice University to study premedicine. Maleen is a member of her high school’s Mu Alpha Theta club, Latin club, Math and Science team, and Recycling club. 
 
Alexys Mathis, Wagner High School: Alexys hopes to attend Louisiana State University to study psychology and criminal justice. Alexys is a member of her high school’s varsity tennis team, student council and DECA.
 
Mitchell Meissner, Alamo Heights High School: Mitchell hopes to attend Rice University to study engineering and business. Mitchell is the captain of his high school’s varsity golf team and a member of National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, Future Business Leaders of America, and Young Men’s Service League.
 
Elise Miller, Cole High School: Elise hopes to attend Stanford University to study physics and math. She is a nine year member of the Texas Children’s Choir along with being a member of her high school’s band, Mu Alpha Theta, and National Honor Society. 
 
Jonnatan Montes, Lanier High School: Jonnatan hopes to attend St. Mary’s University to study electrical or civil engineering. Jonnatan is a member of A.V.I.D., his high school’s French club, varsity soccer and cross country team.   
 
Dana Moore, MacArthur High School: Dana hopes to attend Rice University to study architecture. She is a member of her high school’s cross country and softball teams, National Honor Society, and Technology Students’ Association. She is also a Girl Scout of America who has earned her Bronze, Silver and President’s Volunteer Service Award.
 
Kaitlyn Pawelek, San Antonio Christian High School: Kaitlyn hopes to attend Texas A&M University to study nursing. She is on her high school’s varsity softball team, student council, Spanish National Honor Society, Art National Honor Society, and National Honor Society. She is also the co-captain of her high school’s cheerleading squad.
 
Jacob Rawlins, Brennan High School: Jacob hopes to attend M.I.T. to study physics. He is an AP Scholar, math tutor and teacher’s assistant at his high school, and competitive rock climber.  
 
Mati Reed, Harlandale High School: Mati hopes to attend Princeton University to study public health. He is a member of his high school’s football team, track team, National Technology Honor Society, National Honor Society, and student council. 
 
Ezekiel Reyna, John Jay Science and Engineering Academy: Ezekiel hopes to attend Stanford University to study electrical engineering. He is a member of the UIL math and science team. Ezekiel is also a part of his school’s National Honor Society, Recycling Club, Mu Alpha Theta, and Spanish Honor Society.  
 
William Rodriguez, Southside High School: William hopes to attend the University of Texas at Austin to study music theory. William is part of his high school’s marching band’s drum line. He is the Vice President of the Texas Future Music Educators Southside Charter. 
 
Aliyah Saez, Taft High School: Aliyah hopes to attend the University of Texas at Austin to study business. She is a member of her high school’s basketball team, National Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society.                                                                                                                                             
 
Drew Schaffer, Keystone School: Drew hopes to attend UC Berkeley to study physics. He won 3rd place in the New Frontiers in Astronomy and Cosmology International Essay Contest and serves as the captain of his school’s Quiz Bowl Team and Science Bowl Team. He also plays varsity tennis.  
 
Adelind Sifuentes, Fox Tech: Adelind hopes to attend Saint Mary’s University to study psychology. She is a member of her high school’s varsity volleyball team, National Honor Society, and has served as vice president and president for her class. She is also heavily involved with her school’s Mock Trial Team and is debate club president.
 
Rachel Spellman, Taft High School: Rachel hopes to attend Texas A&M University to study mechanical engineering or visualization/graphic arts. Rachel is a member of her school’s National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, and has served as secretary, historian, and president for her class. 
 
Guadalupe Suarez, Highlands High School: Guadalupe hopes to attend the University of Texas at Austin to study architecture. She is a member of her high school’s tennis team, choir, Mu Alpha Theta, National Honor Society, and Engineering and Architecture team.
 
Jeanie Suh, Roosevelt High School: Jeanie hopes to attend the University of Pennsylvania to study marketing and economics. She is a member of her high school’s student council and serves as class treasurer. She is also a member of the National Honor Society.
 
Howard Tatum, Antonian High School: Howard hopes to attend Rice University to study computer science. Howard is a member of his high school’s varsity football and baseball team. He also serves as an Antonian School Ambassador and is a member of the Latin club.
 
Ki’Amber Thompson, Young Women’s Leadership Academy: Ki’Amber hopes to attend Middlebury College to study English. She serves as the Vice President for her school’s National Honor Society and Class Council.
 
Grace Tritchler, Churchill High School: Grace hopes to attend Colorado School of Mines to study chemical engineering. She is a member of her high school’s varsity softball team and the Founder and President of Care Blankets, a nonprofit that donates and makes blankets for animal shelters and cancer hospitals.
 
Noah Vento, Churchill High School: Noah hopes to attend Texas A&M University to study business management. Noah is the team captain of his high school’s tennis team and is also a member of his school’s National Honor Society and Spanish National Honor Society.
 
Emily Weyand, Alamo Heights High School: Emily hopes to attend Texas A&M University to study petroleum engineering. Emily is the captain of her school’s varsity softball and basketball team. She is also a member of National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta and Student Council.
 
Kylie Wilson, O’Connor High School: Kylie hopes to attend Abilene Christian University to study secondary science education. Kylie is a member of her high school’s Speech and Debate Team, Spanish Club, National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta and Choir. 
 
Cindy Wu, Health Careers High School: Cindy hopes to attend Rice University to study premedicine. She is a member of Health Occupations Students of America, Business Professionals of America, and has placed first place multiple times in her school’s History Fair. She is also a member of her school’s orchestra and Chinese Culture Club.
 
Bridget Youngs, Incarnate Word High School: Bridget hopes to attend Rice University to study mathematical analysis of economics. She is a member of her school’s Latin Club, National Honor Society and speech and debate team.

The scholarship winners each received three game tickets for their family and friends compliments of Frost and will be recognized on the field in the first quarter at the Valero Alamo Bowl on December 30.

The Valero Alamo Bowl Scholarship Program is administered through the Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation (a San Antonio scholarship clearinghouse) and funded through the fundraising events of the Valero Alamo Bowl.  Over the last 13 years, the bowl has awarded more than $1.2 million to graduating San Antonio high school students.