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HannahGoodwinHeadshot 11st Place: Gibson Marrion, $2,000 scholarship

Stratford High School 

Past its Prime: Houston's Aging Water Infrastructure

Gibson Marrion is graduating from Stratford High School in Spring Branch Independent School District. He is attending the University of Texas at Austin to study Mechanical Engineering. Gibson served as a Hire Houston Youth summer intern in the Houston Public Works Water Planning & Engineering division in 2023. 

Gibson is a member of the Stratford Academy of Science & Engineering and National Honor Society.  He is currently pursuing an acoustical engineering research and design capstone project and is part of a volunteer team to restore a vintage performance automobile to racing condition.

He has served as brass captain and trumpet section leaders for the Stratford Band & Guard and earned a first division ranking in the UIL Solo & Ensemble competition. He also played in the Stratford Playhouse pit orchestra and jazz band. 

Gibson is a member of the Citywide College, Community, Career organization and works part-time as a lifeguard at the Brenda and John Duncan YMCA.

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Antara Chouddary2nd Place: Patrick Shaw, $1,200 scholarship

Bellaire High School

Planning for a Greater, Safer Tomorrow

Patrick Shaw is graduating from Bellaire High School. He plans to major in civil engineering at the University of Notre Dame.

At Bellaire, Patrick is president of Quiz Bowl, through which he organized and hosted a tournament at Bellaire for the first time and led his team to a first-place finish. He helped achieve a 10th place finish at History Bowl Nationals in 2023 and worked to fundraise over $1,000 for the club.

Patrick is also vice president of the band and French Horn section leader where he helped refresh the football stands tunes and organized and led a polka ensemble. He is a member of the Recycling Club which has placed recycling bins in all Bellaire classrooms and collects and recycles paper from teachers, as well as a member of the Computer Science Club and National Honor Society.

Outside of school, Patrick has volunteered for over 400 hours at the Houston Food Bank as part of the Student Hero program, where he assists staff in leading projects. As a Student Hero, Patrick is responsible for project setup and cleanup as well as explaining roles to volunteers and helping answer questions and address issues that come up during shifts.

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Cayla G Picture3rd Place: Saradhyuti (Sara) Reddy Kondamadugula, $800 scholarship

Michael E. DeBakey High School

Closing the Gap: Empowering First-Generation Students

Saradhyuti (Sara) Reddy Kondamadugula is graduating from Michael E. DeBakey High School for Health Professions. She plans on attending the University of Houston to study Biology. 

She volunteers to tutor in math, specifically Algebra 1 and Geometry, through her school. She tutored students in Algebra 1, with a student achieving Mastery level on the state STAAR exam. Sara also founded a Virtual Math Summer Camp in 2020, where she organized and led a volunteer-based math camp for 6th -10th grade students with 50 student participants. She tutored for 60 hours and developed an extensive interactive curriculum including group activities, games, and presentations. 

Sara is interested in medicine-related activities. She developed and published graphic flyers on social media, including managing the company’s general media content and advertised healthcare education in technology for EDivine Health Care Services. Additionally, she participated in the ADVANCCE program through the UT Health Cizik School of Nursing and Memorial Hermann. There, she simulated patient care skills, phlebotomies, IV set up, and head-to-toe assessment, and developed knowledge on therapeutic communication, pharmacology, medical asepsis and infection. She is being mentored by Dr. LaShawn Pusley-Huey to understand more about working in the healthcare field, including women’s health and the role of nurses as advocates. Currently, she is training to become a clinical certified medical assistant. 

At school, Sara is a part of the DeBakey Debate Club, participating in the JV Public Forum and Varsity Congress formats. She won multiple awards in her respective debate formats and participated in the City Championships held district wide under HUDL Debate. Sara has been a part of National Beta Club, where she served as Vice President for 2 years, and is an active member on the technical crew for DeBakey Theatre. 

In her free time, Sara likes to read books, watch movies, sing, and take time to learn more about the stock market.  

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DaiSophia PhotographHonorable Mention: Fatima Torres, $500 scholarship

Jones Futures Academy

Accessibility to Preventative Care for Type 2 Diabetes and Prediabetes

Fatima Anahi Torres is a senior at Jones Futures Academy. She will be attending the University of St. Thomas where she plans to major in biology on the premedical track. She is passionate about helping others, spreading kindness, and advocating for first generation students like herself.

She was president of student council and co-captain of the debate team her sophomore year. This year she was student council historian, HOSA future health professionals club president, blood drive coordinator at my high school, volunteer at my local church and elementary school, and participated in her high school's Hispanic Heritage Month and Cinco de Mayo programs.  

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1827018 4621027 25 244991562Honorable Mention: Chi Pham, $500 scholarship

Klein Forest High School

The Necessity of Shade in the Lee and Joe Jamail Skatepark

Chi Minh Pham is graduating from Klein Forest High School. He plans to major in Statistics with a minor in Comparative Literature or Linguistics at either Rice University or Columbia University.  

At Klein Forest High School, Chi is the team captain of the Academic Decathlon team, through which we became a State Gold Medalist in Art, a State Bronze Medalist in Literature, and an individual qualifier to the United States Academic Decathlon Nationals competition. Additionally, Chi is involved in Theatre, Speech and Debate, and the Klein Forest  Asian American Pacific Islander Student Association, the last of which he assisted in founding. 

Outside of school, Chi is a member of the Youth Art Council at the Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts, where he assisted as a co-curator of the annual teen art exhibition titled "Melting Pot: An Exploration of Houstonian Identity."  His other interests include creative writing and art, and his work has been recognized by or featured in Dekopon! Magazine, Dizzy Magazine's Dizzy TV, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, and the Harris County Department of Education.

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