Valero Alamo Bowl Awards $7,500 Scholarships to 75 Area Student-athletes

–Bowl to surpass $1 million in scholarships between high and university programs–

The Valero Alamo Bowl started a scholarship program in 2000 with 25 San Antonio high school students splitting $50,000 in scholarships.

For the 2019-2020 school year, the Valero Alamo Bowl will award over $1 million to 135+ San Antonio high school and college students. This amount is projected to be the largest scholarship total in Valero Alamo Bowl history and tops in local scholarship giving among all 39 bowl games.

The first $562,500 will be split between the 75 winners of Valero Alamo Bowl Student-Athlete Scholarship winners who were recognized at the H-E-B Scholarship Awards Luncheon on December 17.

The students included at least one winner from every San Antonio area public school and well-established private school. The scholarships were awarded on the basis of academic achievement, teacher recommendations, financial need, involvement in extracurricular activities and varsity sports as well as honors received and a personal narrative.

In addition to the luncheon, the winners will be recognized on-field during the Valero Alamo Bowl courtesy of game tickets provided by Frost.

The Bowl’s college program is called the Valero Alamo Bowl Community Partners scholarship and is funded by the Bowl and matching programs at all six of San Antonio’s four-year universities.

In its third year, the scholarship total and number of winners will be announced at the start of next college football season. Last year’s program had 63 winners from University of the Incarnate Word, Our Lady of the Lake University, St. Mary’s University, Texas A&M–San Antonio, Trinity University and UTSA sharing $430,000.

This year’s 75 Valero Alamo Bowl Student-Athlete Scholarship recipients listed by school are:

Jackson Seger, Alamo Heights High School – Jackson is the co-captain of the varsity football team, a member of the National Honor Society and the National Spanish Honor Society. He plans to attend the University of Southern California and study business.

Adam Parker, Alamo Heights High School – Adam has been a member of the varsity basketball team for three years and is a member of the Young Engineer’s Club and Student Council. He intends to study Biomedical engineering at Baylor University.

Cecelia Goodin, Antonian High School – Cecelia is a member of the varsity volleyball and basketball teams. She has experience coaching middle school volleyball and is the secretary on the Senior Class Student Council. She plans to attend Baylor University or Notre Dame and become a Physician’s assistant.

Benjamin Huff, Brackenridge High School – Benjamin is a member of the varsity men’s lacrosse team and plays in the school marching band. He plans to attend Dartmouth College and major in mechanical engineering.

Tyler Fontenot, Brandeis High School – Tyler is a member of the varsity football and baseball team at Brandeis. He plans to attend Baylor University and major in business or pre-law.

Gabriel Ramos de la Cruz, Brandeis High School – Gabriel is a member of the varsity football team and track and field team as well as a member of the National Honor Society. He plans to attend the University of Texas at San Antonio where he will major in marketing or mechanical engineering.

Marcos Garza, Brennan High School – Marcos is a player on the varsity basketball at Brennan and a member of the National Honor Society. He plans to attend the University of Texas at San Antonio and major in mathematics.

Jacqueline Baldazo, Burbank High School – Jacqueline is a runner on the cross-country and track teams at Burbank where she is also the Vice President of her senior class. She plans to attend the University of Texas at San Antonio and major in physical therapy.

Maria Chavez, Business Careers High School – Maria is the captain of the cross-country team and a member of the National Honor Society. She plans to attend the University of the Incarnate Word and major in finance.

Cormac McKenna, Central Catholic High School – Cormac is a member if the varsity basketball team and participates Film Club and has served on Student Council for two years. He plans to attend the Washington University in St. Louis and major in engineering.

Seleste Ybarra, Christian School at Castle Hills – Seleste is the captain of the varsity cross country where she has participated in state qualifiers and was named MVP. She is also the captain of her basketball and track teams. She plans to attend Trinity University where she will major in biology or pre-medicine.

Daniela Macom, Christian School at Castle Hills – Daniela participates in her school’s dramatic arts program, has been named 1st team all district in volleyball and serves as the Student Council President. She plans to attend the University of Texas at Austin and major psychology.

Luke Anthony, Churchill High School – Luke is the team captain of Churchill varsity soccer and cross-country teams. He plans to attend the University of Texas at Austin and major in mechanical engineering.

Truett Heintzelman, Clark High School – Truett is the Clark varsity basketball captain, the National Honor Society President and a four-year member of the Latin club. He plans to attend University of Texas at Austin and major in business.

Ryan Treviño, Clemens High School – Ryan has spent seven years in the Boy Scouts of America and is a member of the football, wrestling and track teams. He plans to attend University of Texas at Austin and major in mechanical engineering or business management.

Amy Fajardo, Cole High School – Amy is a member of the volleyball, soccer and cross-country teams as well as a member of the National Honor Society. She plans to attend the University of Alabama and major in biology

Jared Gibson, Cole High School – Jared is a member of the varsity soccer and track and field teams as well as a member of Cole’s Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps. Jared plans to attend Brigham Young University and major in electrical or mechanical engineering.

Taylor McClung, Communications Arts High School – Taylor has been the #1 student in her class for 4 consecutive years and is the cross-country team captain. She plans to attend Rice University and major in chemical engineering

Tristan Chandler, Cornerstone Christian School – Tristan has played on the varsity baseball team for four years, is a member of the National Honor Society and is a youth baseball coach. He plans to attend Texas A&M University and major in engineering.

Emily Hofmann, East Central High School – Emily is a member of the varsity track and field where she participated in the regional qualifier in pole vault, and she the captain of the cross-country team. She plans to attend Dartmouth College and major in biomedical engineering.

Avalon Muñoz, Edison High School – Avalon is the captain of the varsity cross country team and a three-time district champion. He is also the captain of the varsity basketball and varsity track team. Avalon plans to attend the University of Houston and major in computer science.

Madison Clark, Floresville High School – Madison has spent four years on the Floresville basketball team as a 1st team all district player. She is also on the soccer, volleyball and track teams and spends time volunteering at the no kill shelter. She plans to attend Schreiner University and major in biology.

Elizabeth Esparza, Fox Tech High School – Elizabeth is a member of the varsity swim and varsity water polo teams as well as a member of the National Honor Society. She plans to attend Yale University and major in psychology or pre-medicine.

Eduardo Ramos, Fox Tech High School – Eduardo is a member of the varsity track and cross-country teams as well as the National Honor Society. He plans to attend Harvard University and major in pre-medicine.

Kayla Sheridan, Great Hearts-Monte Vista – Kayla is a member of the varsity swim and dive teams as well as the track and field team. She has also served on the Student Leadership Committee for four years and is a member of the Latin Translating Club. Kayla hopes to attend Harvard and major in Korean.

Cassidy Walton, Harlan High School – Cassidy is the co-captain of the dance team where she was named Dance Team Officer of the Year. She is also a member of the National Honor Society. She plans to attend the University of Texas at San Antonio and major in pre-medicine.

Divianna Rodriguez, Harlandale High School – Is a four-year member of the varsity volleyball team, captain of the track and field team and a track district champion. She also coaches elementary volleyball camps. She plans to attend the University of the Incarnate Word and major in nursing.

Caleb Lara, Harlandale High School – Caleb is a varsity basketball player and Regional UIL Award winner. He is also on the track and tennis teams and is a member of the National Honor Society. He hopes to Atten Texas A&M San Antonio to major in cyber security.

Skanda Hebbale, Health Careers High School – Skanda has played jazz music for six years, is a member of the National Honor Society, golf team and Latin club. He plans to attend Baylor University and major in pre-medicine.

Marcus Antu, Highlands High School – Marcus is the head drum major in the Highlands marching band and has been named MVP of the tennis team. He plans to attend Baylor University and major in music and education.

Star Monique Pilar, Holmes High School – Star Monique is a four-year member of the varsity tennis team and a member of the National Honor Society as well as the National English Honor Society. She plans to attend Texas Tech University and major in architecture or business.

Angela Celderoń, Holmes High School – Angela is a member of the Goldenbelles dance team, Holmes choir and has participated in JROTC for three years. She plans to attend the University of Texas at San Antonino and major in education.

Magdalena Nava, Holy Cross of San Antonio – Magdalena is ranked #1 in her class and is a member of the varsity softball and varsity track and field team. She plans to attend Trinity University and major in Accounting or Spanish.

Sydney Pearson, Incarnate Word High School – Sydney is a member of the cross-country and cheer team and is also the co-director of the Grace Retreat. She plans to attend Texas A&M University and major in environmental engineering.

Valeria Valle, Jefferson High School – Valeria is a member of the varsity tennis teams, the National Spanish Honor Society, the National Honor Society and was granted a Harvard prize book. She plans to attend Rice University and major in biology or biochemistry.

Peter Mason, John Jay High School – Peter is a member of the varsity tennis team, is the National Honor Society Vice President and has served on Student Council for three years. He plans to attend the University of Texas at Austin and major in biochemistry or finance.

Colton Lee, Johnson High School – Colton is a member if the varsity football and track teams as well as the National Honor Society. He plans to attend Cornell University and major in environmental engineering.

Alena Benko, Judson Early College Academy – Alena currently holds an associate degree in liberal arts, is captain of the varsity volleyball team and is a member of the National Honor Society. She plans to attend Sam Houston State University and major in criminal justice.

Michael Lott, Judson High School – Michael is the Judson varsity soccer captain and plans to attend Southern Methodist University and major in graphic arts.

Jaren Mojica, Kennedy High School – Jaren is a member of the Kennedy band and cross-country team as well as a National Honor Society officer and member of the National Technical Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society. He plans to attend the University of Texas at Austin and major in mechanical engineering.

Beril Saygin, Keystone School – Beril plays on the Keystone varsity tennis team, has been class president for four years ad is a member of the Children’s Chorus of San Antonio. Beril plans to attend Brown University and major in either biology or literature.

Miguel Marquez, Lanier High School – Miguel is the captain of the Lanier swim team and water polo team as well as the academic decathlon captain. He hopes to attend Yale University and study literature.

Alison Wissa, Lutheran High School – Alison is on the tennis team and volleyball team where she was named MVP. She is also the Student Council Executive Treasurer and an Art Excellence Award winner. She plans to attend the University of the Incarnate Word and major in biology.

Carlos Zatarain, Legacy of Educational Excellence High School – Carlos plays in the school marching band, is a member of the National Honor Society and is in the ultimate frisbee club. He hopes to attend the University of Texas at Austin and major in computer science.

Audrey Rivera, MacArthur High School – Audrey is the MacArthur varsity soccer captain, a member of the National Honor Society and a volunteer at Community Bible Church. She plans to attend Texas Christian University and study pre-medicine or veterinary science.

Isaih McCue, Madison High School – Isaih is a member of the Madison football, baseball and track teams. He hopes to attend Texas A&M University and major in engineering.

Annie Updike, Marshall High School – Annie is the varsity basketball captain and first chair in the Marshall band. She plans to attend Brigham Young University and study business.

Ronaldo Resendiz, Memorial High School – Rolando is on the Memorial High School football, soccer, track and powerlifting teams as well as a member of the National Honor Society and Math Club. He plans to attend Texas Tech University and study to become a petroleum engineer.

Julian Cavazos, McCollum High School – Julian is a four-year member and current captain of the McCollum varsity tennis team. He hopes to attend the University of Texas at Austin and major in political science.

Jack Lewis, New Braunfels High School – Jack is the captain of the New Braunfels basketball team where he was named a member of the All-Academic Team. He plans to attend the University of Texas at Austin and major in biomedical engineering.

Daniel Fitzgerald, O’Connor High School – Daniel is the varsity tennis captain, Vice President of the National Honor Society and the Mu Alpha Theta Math Honor Society President. He plans to attend Texas A&M University to study chemical engineering.

Faith Bruce, Providence High School – Faith is the varsity swim team captain, Mu Alpha Theta Math Honor Society President and member of the Global Justice Committee. She plans to attend Baylor University and major in accounting.

Nysa Stepp, Randolph High School – Nysa is a member the Randolph softball team, captain of the volleyball team, National Honor Society Historian and a member of the Women in Business Club. She plans to attend Texas State University and become a healthcare administrator.

John Gierat, Randolph High School – John is a varsity 3A regional qualifier for the Randolph golf team. He plans to attend Baylor University and study business.

Madison Alger, Reagan High School – Madison has played nine years of club soccer and is a member of Reagan soccer team and Chemistry Club. She plans to attend Stanford University and major in chemical engineering.

Grace Christensen, Roosevelt High School – Grace is a four-year member of the Roosevelt volleyball team and an active volunteer in her church’s music programs. She plans to attend Brigham Young University Hawaii and study history.

David Bohne, Saint Mary’s Hall – David is the captain for both varsity cross-country and basketball. He is also the UNICEF Club Vice President and has spent four years on Student Council. He hopes to attend Texas A&M University and study mechanical engineering.

Payton Gogo, Sam Houston High School – Payton participates in concert, jazz and is a member of the marching band. Payton plans to attend Florida A&M University and study music.

Megan Troyer, San Antonio Christian High School – Megan is a member of the Hiking Club, Student Council and the Swimming State Champion in the 200-yard freestyle. She plans to attend the University of the Incarnate Word and study biochemistry.

America Fernandez, Somerset High School – America is a member of the Somerset powerlifting and track teams. She is also a member of the National Honor Society and the Student Council Vice President. She plans to attend Texas A&M university and study aerospace engineering.

Donovan Ricondo, South San Antonio High School – Donovan is the co-captain of the basketball team, writes for school newspaper and is the Vice President of the Westlawn UMC Youth Group. He plans to attend the University of Texas at Austin and major in creative writing.

Adriana Rodriguez, Southside High School – Adriana is a on the Southside varsity golf team and a member of the National Honor Society. She plans to attend the University of Texas at San Antonio and study psychology.

Hannah Verstuyft, Southwest High School – Hannah is captain of the varsity volleyball team, President of the National Honor Society and frequent volunteer at the San Antonio Food Bank. She plans to attend the University of Texas at Austin and major in public health.

Megan Marques, Southwest Legacy High School – Megan is a tennis player, yearbook photographer and has been a three-year member of the Superintendent Student Advisory Council. She hopes to attend Texas A&M University and study either zoology or environmental science.

Jenna Magnusson, Steele High School – Jenna is the varsity tennis team captain, President of the National Honor Society and Key Club member. She plans to attend Texas A&M university and study kinesiology.

Ashley Elizondo, Stevens High School – Ashley is the captain of the softball teams and a member of the National Honor Society and National Spanish Honor Society. She plans to attend Trinity University and study biology.

Loren McKinley, Taft High School – Loren is on the Taft dance team, has been a Student Council Officer for two years and is a member of the National Honor Society and French Honor Society. Loren plans to attend the University of Houston to study biology.

Melody Umsted, TMI Episcopal – Melody is the captain of the varsity basketball team and holds two school records. She is also the captain of the track and field team, National Honor Society President and a member of the National Latin Society. She plans to attend the University of California Irvine and study psychology.

Ashley Pennix, Travis Early College High School – Ashley has been a volunteer with City Kids Adventures for six years, is the varsity track captain and is a member of Mu Alpha Theta Math Honor Society. She hopes to attend Texas Christian University to major in nursing.

Ashley Langston, Veterans Memorial High School – Ashley is captain of the school cheer team and swim team. She is also a member of the National Honor Society and Chemistry Club. She plans to attend the University of Texas at Austin and study biology or oceanography.

Mario Treviño, Wagner High School – Mario is on the Wagner football team, a National Hispanic Institute Representative and a member of the French Club. He plans to attend the University of Texas at Austin and study criminal justice.

Carlo Figueroa, Wagner High School – Carlo is a 1st team all district baseball player, a member of the National Honor Society and a member of the Spanish National Honor Society. He plans to attend St. Edwards University and study physical therapy or sports medicine.

Raphael Idrogo, Warren High School – Raphael is an all-academic district player on both the football and track teams.  He plans to attend Texas A&M University and major in kinesiology.

Theodore Crenshaw, Winston School San Antonio – Theodore is a member of the varsity soccer team and the Winston robotics team. He plans to attend Rice University to study biology.

Maria GarcÍa-GarcÍa, Young Women’s Leadership Academy – Maria is on the basketball and track team. She is also on the robotics coemption team and is a member of the Spanish National Honor Society. Maria hopes to attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to study computer science or electrical engineering.

Amy Fajardo is this year’s Brincat 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. Bob was a tremendous supporter of the scholarship program which is why we continue to provide a scholarship in his honor.

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