BHS announces final award nominees
Monday, 19 November 2012 by Keith Bahlmann
Dr. Andy Barron is working with Cumulus Radio Station to highlight a 10-12 grade student each week. This recognition includes highlighting academics, extracurricular, and community-school involvement.
The student will also be highlighted over the BHS football radio broadcast, receive a plaque from Cumulus Radio Station. BHS may nominate 10 recipients.
BHS Counselor Beverly Stephens nominated senior Kendra Emerson.
"Kendra is one of the most remarkable young women I have ever met," she said in her nomination. "She is involved in and excels in more activities that I have ever seen a student handle. She won the title of America's National Teenager this past summer and travels all over the U.S. speaking to girls on a program she began called the "Importance of Being a G.I.R.L. (Glamorous Individual, Respecting Life).
Her message stresses the importance of self esteem in young girls. Kendra also serves as the Chairman of the Belton Youth Advisory Commission Board. She takes a rigorous load of AP courses and ranks in the top three percent of her graduating class.
She welcomes new friendships with maturity and without judgment. No matter what Kendra undertakes, she gives it her all, and does it all with a grace and maturity well beyond her years."
BHS Counselor Amanda Necessary nominated senior Benjamin Munoz.
"Benjamin is certainly an outstanding student. He has volunteered as a coach for the Special Olympics and has served as a mentor for local elementary schools," she said in his nomination. "Benjamin has been a coach for 7-on-7 football for a local middle school. He participated in the Dream Catcher Camp his sophomore year. Benjamin worked full-time as a truck loader at Prime Time Transporters. He is a very mature and respectful young man. He knows what perseverance is all about.
He is currently pursuing Southwestern University in Georgetown."
Stephens also nominated senior Lauren Hutchens.
"During Lauren's freshmen year, the family moved to Belton. Lauren became shy and withdrawn. Soon, however, she became a part of Student 2 Student, designed to connect new students to current students on campus. Lauren became active in that group and has served as both president and vice president. She credits that group for helping her make friends and develop her social and leadership skills. Since, Lauren has branched out to become involved in other organizations including student council, homecoming dance committee, and was selected for the Belton Youth Advisory Board. Lauren has made the most of her move to Belton. She's not just survived, but excelled.
She has taken a rigorous load of AP courses and maintained within the top three percent of her class."
Stephens also nominated senior Bharath Lavendra.
"Bharath is respected by both his teachers and his peers for his integrity," Stephens said in his nomination. "Bharath has a personality that attracts others to him for his kindness and patience. He is often found tutoring other students, explaining complex science or math concepts.
He is very involved on campus. He was chosen as President of NHS, has been elected a class officer for two years, and is an officer in Student 2 Student.
Bharath says that Student 2 Student has been one of the most meaningful organizations that he has been involved with.
Originally developed by the Military Child Education Coalition, the goal of S2S is to help new students feel welcome and integrate in the new school environment.
The Counseling staff works with this group, and Bharath was instrumental in planning and organizing a New Student Night in August, where about 60 new students and their parents came to play games, get valuable information, and be welcomed to our school.
Wherever a student leader is needed, Bharath is there."