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Bowl Awards Record $1.2 Million in Scholarships

For its 31st annual game, the Valero Alamo Bowl will award $1.2 million split between 165 San Antonio high school and college students via two programs.

This amount is expected to be the largest local scholarship total in Valero Alamo Bowl history and #1 among all bowl games.

On December 1 at the H-E-B Scholarship Awards Luncheon at Security Service Event Center, 94 high school winners representing 67 San Antonio area public and private schools will share in $690,000 in Valero Alamo Bowl Student-Athlete scholarships. 

The scholarships were awarded based on academic achievement, teacher recommendations, involvement in extracurricular activities, and varsity sports as well as honors received and a personal narrative.

The Bowl’s college program is called the Valero Alamo Bowl Community Partners scholarship and is funded by the Valero Alamo Bowl and matching programs at all six of San Antonio’s four-year universities. Last August, 71 deserving college students were chosen to share $510,000 in awards. 

Inclusive of this year’s totals, 1,747 scholarship winners have split $10.8 million in awards from the Valero Alamo Bowl.

This year’s Valero Alamo Bowl Student-Athlete Scholarship recipients who will also be recognized on-field during the Valero Alamo Bowl courtesy of game tickets provided by Frost and Valero listed alphabetically are:

Jaylin Al-Barati, Brackenridge High School – Jaylin is a letter winner for the volleyball, soccer, and softball teams at Brackenridge. She is also a recipient of the National Hispanic Recognition Award, as well as the 2023 Harvard Book Award.

Benjamin Alcott, Great Hearts Northern Oaks – Benjamin is the founder of the Piano Club at GHNO and is the captain of the Cross Country and Track and Field teams, guiding his school to a third-place finish at the 3A UIL Cross Country State Championships.  

Elizabeth-Joyce Alexander, L.E.E. High School – Elizabeth is the Senior Class President and a member of the Basketball and Robotics Teams. She hopes to study Mechanical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin or Arlington and then attend law school.

Jerry Allen, Wagner High School – Jerry is a three-sport athlete, lettering in football, track and field, and powerlifting. He is also a member of the Math Club, Science Club, and president of National Honor Society.

Keri Anderson, Winston School – Keri is a four-year letterman in volleyball where she was elected 2nd Team All-State her freshman year, along with being awarded Team MVP twice. She has also won multiple awards for her piano performances and hopes to become a pediatric clinical psychologist.

Danielle Bailey, Reagan High School Danielle was a contributing member of Reagan’s girls top five golf team all four years at state and national tournaments. She will attend Texas A&M in the Fall to pursue a degree in chemical engineering.

Emma Bell, Pieper High School – Emma is a letterman and captain for her school’s volleyball team. She is also an active member of Health Occupations Students of America as well as a member of National Honor Society.

Kathleen Bendele, Southwest High School – Kathleen is a four-year letterman for the basketball, volleyball, and track teams. She is also a member of the Student-Athlete Leadership Team and president of National Honor Society.

Edgar Bermea-Zacarias, Brennan High School – Edgar is ranked 5th in his class and is a member of the soccer team at Brennan High. He plans to attend study pharmacy or electrical engineering in college.

Emma Blanchette, Johnson High School – Emma is a four-year varsity soccer starter and club captain. She is also the founder of JagYouAre Athletic Service Organization.

Oscar Cabrales, Warren High School – Oscar is a varsity basketball player for the Warriors as well as a robotics club state qualifier, class of 2024 senator, and National Honor Society member.

Richard Cage, St. Mary’s Hall – Richard is a four-year varsity tennis player, co-founder of the school broadcast club, and senior executive officer of student government. 

Alejandro Cardenas, Brackenridge High School – Alejandro is a letterman for both the cross country and track and field teams. He is also a member of the National Honor Society and plans to study Business Management or Marketing in college.

Oscar Cisneros, Lanier High School – Oscar is a letterman for the basketball, track, and baseball teams for the Voks. He is also the Vice-President of the Journalism Club and plans on studying electrical engineering in college.

Duncan Cook, Holy Cross – Duncan is captain and varsity member of the soccer and cross country teams. He is also a part of the bowling, robotics, and theater clubs. 

Evan Croley, Clark High School – Evan is a competitive swimmer and has competed at the highest national level for 3 consecutive years. Evan was ranked as a top 20 recruit in the nation and has received three bronze medals in 6A UIL swimming. 

Brooklyn Crow, Communications Arts High School – Brooklyn is a three-year letterman and captain for both the track and cross country teams. She is also an AP Scholar, and a student of the Advanced Broadcast Journalism program for all four years of high school.

Isaac Das, Southwest High School – Issac is highly involved in school. Isaac is a four-year football player, founder of the math team, creator of an academic podcast, academic decathlon president, and chess club president.

Jonah De La Rosa, CAST Tech High School – Jonah has earned six varsity letters while earning All-Academic team honors in basketball and cross country.

Alfred DeLeon, Veterans Memorial High School – Alfred is a varsity football player, varsity soccer player, and four-year member of the cyber security program. Alfred hopes to study cyber security and information technology in college. 

Renee Den, Alamo Heights High School – Renee is a four-year varsity cross-country runner and team captain for the Mules. Renee is multilingual and plans to take her knowledge of mathematics and design with her to college. 

Trajan Falk, Valley High School – Trajan is a two-time varsity letterman football player and three-time varsity letterman wrestler. Trajan is also a National Merit Semifinalist. 

Isaiah Fetter, Central Catholic High School – Isaiah is two -time state champion in cross-country, and member of the varsity soccer and track teams.

Ava Foster, Boerne-Champion High School – Ava is the varsity cheer captain and four-year letter winner at Boerne-Champion High School. She plans to attend Texas A&M University to pursue engineering. 

Iris Foster, Brennan High School – Iris is a Club Volleyball All-State award winner and four-year volleyball member. She also serves as treasurer of the National Honor Society.

Israel Fraire-Ontiveros, Southwest Legacy –  Israel is a three-year varsity soccer player who helped lead his team to their first ever playoff appearance. He is also a three-year member of the chess club. 

Jacob Francisco, Taft High School –  Jacob is a team captain and four-year letterman of the tennis team, as well as serving as student council treasurer. He plans to attend University of Texas at Austin to study chemical engineering.

Trinity Gabreylski, Burbank High School – Trinity is a four-year band member and flute player as well as a member of the Bulldogs soccer team. Trinity is a division 1 UIL qualifier and drum major. She plans to attend a music program to grow as a musician.  

Nicholas Galus, NSITE High School – Nicholas is the team captain of both the football and computer science teams, as well as a 100m and 200m sprinter on the track & field team. He plans to attend Texas A&M University for computer science. 

Sofia Garcia, Judson High School – Sofia is a three-year varsity cross-country runner. She plans to pursue a path in Business after graduation. 

Jacee Garza, Edison High School – Jacee is a four-year varsity softball catcher and has been awarded first team all-district and all academic honors. She is also the president of the health professions club and Student Council vice president. 

Grace Goldhammer, Brandeis High School – Grace is the team captain and four-year high school and club water polo member. The last three years she has been named an outstanding Academic All-American in water polo. 

Carolina Gomez, Holmes High School – Carolina is the varsity captain and three-year basketball player at Holmes High School. She is also involved in student council, yearbook, and AVID.  

David Gonzalez, Roosevelt High School – David is an academic all-district, four-year varsity letterman and captain for soccer and cross-country. David is also a member of the varsity bowling team, National Honor Society, and Science Honor Society. 

Taylor Gonzalez, Cornerstone  –  A member of the tennis team, Taylor plans to pursue a major in biology on the track to be pre-med. 

Andrew Greebon, Canyon High School – Andrew is the varsity captain and four-year soccer player and band drumline member. Andrew plans to major in chemistry for his undergraduate studies. 

Mark Greene, John Jay Academy – Mark is a four-year varsity soccer player and captain of cross-country and track at John Jay Academy. He is also a part of the National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, and Fellowship of Christian athletes. 

Eva Guzman, Sotomayor High School – Eva is the pep squad co-captain and varsity cross-country captain. She also is a varsity member of the dance team, soccer, track and field, and cross-country. Eva plans to pursue her education in the medical field.

Jack Hawkins, San Antonio Christian High School – Jack is the captain of the cross country team, vice-president of the debate team and founder of the Badminton Club. He plans to attend Texas A&M University to study Aerospace Engineering.

Shelby Hofmann, East Central High School – Shelby is a four-year letterman in track, three-year letterman in soccer, and a two-year letterman in swimming. She is also a letter winner in choir and a member of the National Art Honor Society.

Trevor Hunt, Steele High School – Trevor is letterman for the varsity baseball team. He is also President of Fellowship of Christian Athletes and spends summers working as a ranch hand at Hill Country Equestrian Lodge. He is interested in studying engineering, animal science, and business in college.

Daron Johnson, Sam Houston High School – Daron is a letterman for the varsity football team and Cadet Leader in JROTC. He plans to study kinesiology and plans to pursue a career in sports medicine after college.

Ryan Johnson, Davenport High School – Ryan is the captain of both his school’s tennis and bass fishing teams. He is also an Eagle Scout and serves as Senior Class Vice President.

William Jones, The Atonement Catholic Academy – William is a letterman in football, basketball, tennis, and track and field. He is also a member of the National Honor Society, and a recipient of the National Hispanic Recognition Award.

Justin Khemalaap, TMI – Justin is a four-year letterman for his lacrosse team and is a lacrosse leadership council member. Justin has received over five honors and awards throughout high school.

Christina Krupalla, Burbank High School – Christina is a three-year letterman for the softball team. She is also a member of the National Honor Society, and an active member of Student Council.

Isabel Lara, Jefferson High School – Isabel is team captain of the swim team and a letterman in volleyball. She is also a member of both the National Art Honor Society, as well as the Hispanic Honor Society.

Vanessa Lopez, Lanier High School – Vanessa is a letterman on the soccer team. She also participates in student council, art club, and is a member of the National Honor Society.

Rylie Marafioto, MacArthur High School – Rylie is an all-district, four-year letterman for the tennis team. She is also an active member of National Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta.

Gillian Martinez, John Jay High School – Gillam is the captain of the varsity soccer team and member of varsity track and field. She also received academic excellence in athletic training and varsity soccer and honorable mention for district varsity soccer.

Mia Martinez, Lutheran High School – Mia is a four-year letterman for the golf team. She also competes in in the Alamo Regional Science and Engineering Fair, as well as writes for her school’s newspaper.

Chloe Mashburn, Steele High School – Chloe is a four-year soccer player with two years of varsity under her belt. Chloe plans to pursue a degree in Psychology after graduation. 

Ainsley McLean, L.E.E. High School – Ainsley is an athletic trainer for football, basketball, and softball at L.E.E. High School. Ainsley hopes to attend Texas A&M University to major in Kinesiology. 

Zack Michaelsen, Somerset High School – Zack is a letterman of the varsity football team. He is also involved in FFA, FCA, National Honor Society, and the Barbecue team.

Manuel Molina, The Christian School at Castle Hills – Manuel is a three-year letterman of the cross country team. He is also an active member of the STEM Club, National Honor Society and Treasurer for the Student Council.

Abbey Muenchow, Great Hearts Monte Vista – Abbey was a four-year letterman in both soccer and swimming to which she qualified for regionals. She plans to follow a pre-med track and major in neuroscience or biology.

Samantha Mujica, Lytle High School – Samantha is a state medalist on her school’s cross country team and a regional qualifier in track. She plans to attend the University of Chicago to pursue a degree in public administration.

Addison Murphy, Incarnate Word High School – Addison is the captain of the tennis team, as well as a three-year letterman for her school’s swim team. She is also Class Vice-President and member of the National Honor Society.

Jaidyn Myers-Malone, Stevens High School – Jaidyn is a two-year letterman as an athletic trainer. She is also a recipient of the College Board African American Recognition Award and Stevens High School Certificate of Academic Achievement.

Gabriel Navarro, Clark High School – Gabriel is a four-year letterman of the football team and member for the baseball team. He plans to attend Texas A&M University to study architecture.

Delaney O’Neal, Robert G. Cole High School – Delaney is a four-year member and captain of the Varsity Swim team, a three-time Regionals Qualifier, and qualified for state last year. Delaney is also a member of the National Honor Society as well as the Math, English, and Spanish National Societies. 

Jannell Orosco, Sam Houston High School – Jannell earned 9 varsity letters as she served as captain of the volleyball, soccer, and golf teams. She is also on student council and volunteers for El Louise and the San Antonio Food Bank.

Samantha Osorio, MacArthur High School – Samantha is a four-year varsity letter winner for both cross-country and track and field. A first-generation immigrant, she is also involved in the dual-language program. 

Yasmin Perez, Thomas Jefferson High School – Yasmin is a four-year volleyball setter for the Mustangs. She is also the salutatorian of her graduating class. 

 Miguel Picazo, Kennedy High School – Miguel is a four-year letterman of the baseball team, where he has won multiple district championships. He also plans on attending either UTSA or University of the Incarnate Word to study engineering with a concentration in electrical engineering and play baseball.

Samuel Piesman, International School of the Americas – Samuel is a captain and four-year letterman for the tennis team, while also serving as captain for the speech and debate team. He is also the president of the Spanish Culture Club, Spanish National Honor Society, and member of the Science National Honor Society.

Noble Quinones, O’Connor High School – Noble is a three-year letterman and Academic First Team All-District recipient all three years. He also competes in the academic decathlon and is an AP Scholar.

Ayla Reynolds, Harlan High School – Ayla is a four-year letterman for her swim team, as well as a captain and three-year letterman in water polo. She has also lettered all four years in choir and is a part of the National Honor Society and Math Honor Society.

Caleb Rice, Alamo Heights High School – Caleb has been awarded letters in cross country, track, and crew, while serving as the president and founder of the Alamo Heights Rocketry Club. He has also been awarded a letter in theater as the lead actor in fall and spring productions.

Lily Roberts, Clemens High School – Lily is a four-year varsity soccer player and founder of the law club. She also volunteers at the animal shelter.  

Megan Rodriguez, Young Women’s Leadership Academy –  Megan is a Cross Country, Soccer, and Track Member, Cellist, and Spirit Council Leader at her school. She plans to Attend Texas Lutheran University majoring in Kinesiology to become an Athletic Trainer.

Kyla Roesch, Churchill High School – Kyla is a Varsity Soccer player at Churchill while being part of the Book Club and Contribution Club. She is also a Viola player and she performed in Germany and Austria through the Tobin Center. 

Mireya Ruiz, Brandeis High School Mireya is a three-sport athlete, as well as a Girl Scout and a member of the student council. She plans to attend Duke University to study sports medicine.

Lauren Ryan, Veterans Memorial High School – Lauren is a four-year athlete of the women’s soccer and cross-country team. She plans to seek a career in architecture. 

Elizabeth Saldua, Fox Tech High School – Elizabeth is a three-year letter winner for both the volleyball and soccer team. She is also a member of the National Honor Society and an active member of the Student Council.

Christian Sanchez, Kennedy High School – Christian is a four-year varsity baseball and cross-country runner at Kennedy High School. Christian is also a part of the Spanish Honor Society and Trinity Upward Bound. 

Joe Sanchez II, STEM Early College School – A member of his high school’s cross country team, Joe is planning on attending University of Texas at Austin to study Civil Engineering.

Vincent Sandoval, Southwest Legacy – Vincent earned two varsity letters as a member of the water polo team as well as participating in the Best Buddies Volunteer Program and serving as Vice President of the Engineering Team. He also is at the Aerospace Academy at St. Phillips College and has a 10 Hour OSHA Certificate.

Sunny Shen, Roosevelt High School – Sunny is a four-year letterman on the varsity tennis team. She is also a member of the Science National Honor Society and Highschool Aerospace Scholars.

Korey Shuler, Wagner High School – A member of soccer and track teams, Korey plans to take his experience from a summer internship with Boeing to attend Hampton University majoring in Aviation Management and joining their NROTC Program.

Olivia Skaggs, La Vernia High School – A member of both the cross country and basketball teams, Olivia plans to attend Texas A&M University to study Business Administration, then attend law school at University of Michigan to become a lawyer.

Madison Snipes, Canyon Lake High School – A member of both the tennis and soccer teams, Madison is a member of Future Health Professionals (HOSA) and plans to go into the medical field.

Maleyci Soliz, Sotomayor High School – Maleyci is the Captain for the Varsity Volleyball team, plays Varsity Soccer, and volunteers for many programs at Sotomayor. She hopes to pursue a career in the Criminal Justice field in the future.

Luke Sotelo, Antonian College Preparatory High School – Luke is a four-year letterman on both the soccer and golf teams. He is also an active member of the student council and editor-in-chief of the newspaper.

Morgan Stone, Communications Arts High School – Morgan is a four-year letterman on both the swim and water polo teams. She has also been class president for the first three years of high school and an active member of Girl Scouts of America.

Jesus Tierranegra, South San High School – Jesus is a captain and three-year letterman on the soccer team, and two-year letterman on the cross country team. He enjoys being a member of a local mariachi group.

Natalia Torres, Southside High School – In addition to two varsity letters with the track team, Natalia is a section leader of her school’s Marching Band and is also part of the Wind and Percussion Ensemble. She is also taking classes at Palo Alto to get her associate of science degree.

Jakob Valle, Fox Tech High School – Jakob is a three-year letterman with the cross country team, an ambassador at Naoko Mitsui Shirane Foundation, and volunteers at the San Antonio Food Bank and South Blood and Tissue Center. He also is expected to complete an associates of science in Biology/Pre-Med this upcoming spring.

Ariana Vazquez-Costas, Pieper High School – Ariana is the Captain of the Varsity of the Warrior’s Soccer Team and Secretary/Marketing Director of the School Store. She is also the Vice President of Community Service for the Distributive Education Clubs of America.

Celeste Villarreal, Edison High School – A softball and volleyball player, Celeste is also an NHS Class Officer and a superintendent representation for her school.

Marcos Villarreal, Advanced Learning Academy – Marcos is a two-year letterman of the varsity soccer team, being awarded 1st team all-district in both seasons. He is also a member of the Spanish National Honor Society and National Hispanic Recognition.

Grace Wilson, Madison High School – Grace is a captain and four-year letterman on the tennis team, along with being a two-year letterman on the soccer team. She is also a member of the National Honor Society and school choir. 

Connor Wisser, Randolph High School – Connor is a team captain of both the tennis and football teams. He is also a member of the National Honor Society and class president.

Timothy Young, Clemens High School – Timothy is captain and four-year letterman on the swim team. Along with having the most regional qualifications in program history, he also serves as a Cadet Captain in JROTC and is an Eagle Scout candidate.

Three of the above scholarships are being given in honor of significant Valero Alamo Bowl contributors.

Jacob Francisco from Taft High School is the inaugural recipient of the Red McCombs Memorial Scholarship. This award is presented in honor of one of the Bowl’s founding partners, Red McCombs for his role in starting the Valero Alamo Bowl.

Jack Hawkins from San Antonio Christian is this year’s Bob Brincat Scholarship Award Winner. This scholarship is annually given in honor of 2008 Valero Alamo Bowl Chairman, Bob Brincat, a tireless advocate for the Bowl’s scholarship program who passed away after a courageous fight against lymphoma.

Mireya Ruiz from Brandeis High School is this year’s John P. “Jack” Rogers Memorial Winner. This scholarship is given in honor of 2004 Valero Alamo Bowl Chairman, Jack Rogers. Jack, who passed away in May 2020, was a tremendous ambassador for the Bowl and served on the board for over 20 years

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