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LISD seniors have selected Terry scholarship recipients

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Karen Valdez of Nixon High School and Vidal M. Trevino School of Communications and Fine Arts, and Antonio Sangerman-Gutierrez of Cigarroa High School and Sabas Perez Early College Academy are honored to be selected as 2022 Terry Scholars by the Terry Foundation.

The two LISD seniors will be enrolled in two of Texas’s largest universities and will attend college with a full-ride scholarship for up to eight semesters from the Terry Foundation.

Valdez and Sangerman-Gutierrez are one of 225 cohorts selected from 420 seniors interviewed across the state. As part of the application process, students had to submit a brief essay and two testimonials, be interviewed, and be asked questions by a panel of current and former Terry scholars. All scholars are selected using three criteria: academic performance, proven leadership, and financial need.

Karen and Antonio’s feelings were at their best when they received a congratulatory email from the Terry Foundation.


“When I first heard that I was chosen as the recipient, I felt an emotional rush take over me. It was a unique joy,” said Valdes. “In just a few seconds, my life changed forever. The first thing I did was to thank God. And as soon as I got home, I told my mother the news. And we both wept. This memory is forever in my heart as one of the most wonderful days of my life. “

“I was full of emotions. I was in awe and couldn’t control my excitement. I was full of joy and relief,” said Sangerman Gutierrez. “This scholarship means everything to me because it removes the heavy burden and allows me to pursue my dreams without worrying about the financial burden of higher education.”

The two students will also be part of an ever-expanding network of more than 6,000 Terry scholars from different research disciplines and industries around the world.

As recipients of the Terry Scholarship, Valdes and Sangerman-Gutierrez are one step closer to realizing their dreams as they are selected for admission to Texas State University and Texas A & M University, respectively.

“I fell in love with Texas State University thanks to my faculty. They welcomed me so much that I felt like I was at home. Under a great music department, a great cello You will be given the opportunity to study with your professor, Dr. Carla Amerin, “Valdes said. “Getting this scholarship means that I will realize my dream. It’s a big blessing for me and my family. It’s the best student I can, without debt. It gives us the peace of mind that we can focus on becoming, which will allow me to be the best teacher I can. “

“I chose to attend Texas A & M because of school values. They have one of the best aerospace programs in the United States,” Sangerman-Gutierrez said. “This scholarship means everything to me because it removes the heavy burden on my father’s back of having to worry about the financial aspects of attending college. He says I will achieve post-secondary education. I don’t have to worry about my financial means to help, and I dream of becoming a NASA astronaut someday. “

Both students thanked their parents and teachers.

“First of all, thank God. He has greatly supported me through all this process. Second, I thank my mom and aunt. They are wonderful women, where diligence and determination make you. He showed me that he would take me to, “Valdes said. “I would also like to thank all the teachers I have received so far. Each of them has inspired me in different ways. Thanks to that, I have developed a love for teaching. I did. “

“I want to thank my sister Dayana. My dad, Juan Antonio. And finally my girlfriend, Tiffany Gutierrez, because they really are why I am today,” said Sangerman Gutierrez. “Without my dad’s sacrifice, my sister’s help in preparing for an interview, revising an essay, or simply taking me to school. To complete my girlfriend’s constant push and my work. To a reminder. I wouldn’t be near today’s place. “

Valdez majors in music education and holds all levels of teaching qualifications. She also plans to become a member of Texas State University’s Honorary University. She plans to pursue her career as a music teacher, and she will one day become a music therapist.

Valdez graduated with a GPA of 105.18 and 27 college hours. She was selected as a 3rd place winner at the LISD Science Fair, this month’s Border Patrol Youth, a member of the National Honor Society, and a member of Sociedad Onoraria Hispanica.

Her extracurricular activities include being a cellist for the JW Nixon Orchestra and the Vidal M. Trebino Philharmonic Orchestra. She is also involved in the Sociedad Onoraria Hispanica, the National Honor Society, Science UIL, the school community, school newspapers, and young women’s church organizations.

Sangerman-Gutierrez plans to earn a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from A & M, and hopefully attends MIT for a master’s degree.

Sangerman-Gutierrez graduated as a graduate of Cigaroa High School with an overall GPA of 104.18. He is also a student at Laredo College and graduated from Summa Cum Laude with over 60 hours of college credits.

Sangerman-Gutierrez’s academic performance includes A Honor Roll, Foundation High School Program, Distinguished Level of Achievement in Public Service, Advanced Placement Program, Dual Enrollment Program, Laredo Sector Border Patrol Youth of the Month for April and Border Patrol Youth of the Year. included. He was also a semi-finalist in the Bill Gates Scholarship Program and was nominated for an Excellence Award in the Future Medical Ladder’s Awards.

His extracurricular activities include the National Honor Society President, Supervisory Board of Students and Orchestra.

Sangerman-Gutierrez completes 400 hours of community service through various organizations on campus, including Family Reading Night events, National Honor Society and CHS Counseling Center, National Honor Society Toy Drive and Food Drive, and Superintendent Student Advisory Literacy Project Reader. did.

Sangerman-Gutierrez’s computer skills include Microsoft Office Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Google Slides, Docs, Sheets, SolidWorks, and AutoCAD.

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