SVHS Student Earns Bid To Junior Olympics

Submitted By Kari Tackett

Rising Smithson Valley High School Sophomore, Abigail Paige Carter, “AP” recently received a bid to the 2015 West Coast Junior Olympics for Beach Volleyball.  She and partner, Gabriela Sandoval will chase gold in Hermosa Beach, CA, July 2015. This is their 2nd year to be selected and attend the Junior Olympics.

SVHS Student Earns Bid 1AP and her partner are also 1 of 3 teams selected to represent TX in the U-17 Select division at the prestigious United States Association of Volleyball (USAV) High Performance Beach Volleyball National Championship in Santa Monica, CA in Jul.

Abigail has played beach volleyball for 3 years and her 5 years of indoor volleyball translated easily onto the sand along with years of gymnastics training and a drive to pursue and excel in this sport. This coming year will be her first year to play beach volleyball year around and pursue an opportunity to play in college and beyond. Beach volleyball is a newly recognized NCAA sport and in its grassroots stage for junior players like AP.  Continue reading SVHS Student Earns Bid To Junior Olympics

Smithson Valley High Grads Earn 180K Scholarships

Submitted By Jason Gordon

Congratulations to recent Smithson Valley High graduates Brandon Wood and Brandon Thomas, who each earned $180,000 Navy ROTC scholarships to attend Prairie View A&M University.

On July 14, Petty Officer Judd Latimer, scholarship coordinator, presented ceremonial checks to Wood and Thomas’ family in front of SVHS. Thomas has already started classes at Prairie View A&M and wasn’t available to attend the check ceremony.

“This was awesome news,” said Commander Retired Vince Quidachay, the head Navy Junior ROTC Instructor at SVHS. “It was getting pretty late in the summer and we were still praying these would come through. When we got the news it was like Christmas in July.”

Since the beginning of the 2009 school year, Smithson Valley High has helped students earn approximately 40 ROTC scholarships to attend college. Continue reading Smithson Valley High Grads Earn 180K Scholarships

Air Force Reserve Command’s Youth Of The Year

Submitted By Kari Tackett

Rising SVHS Senior, Austin “Casey” Carter was recently selected as the United States Air Force Reserve Command’s Youth of the Year.

SVHS Reserves Award 1Casey is the son of Air Force Pilot, Lieutenant Colonel Kari Hill, Lackland AFB, TX. Due to his leadership and academic performance, he was chosen to represent Air Force Reserve Command as a leader and voice for other military youths.

Casey has grown up as military child, and particularly the child of a Reservist. The demands on a reservist and their children can be just as demanding as those who belong to our country’s active duty military component. Casey has moved over 10 times, experienced his mother’s absence during 5 deployments and multiple temporary duties that take her away regularly.

As recent as 2014, Casey and his mother and sister moved again, thus Casey began his junior year at SVHS. During all of these changes, Casey continued to excel scholastically and as a leader, mentor, and volunteer in each community while picking up where he left off with his extracurricular passions. Casey, was most recently selected and attended Boy’s State, and was chosen to attend the AF Teen Leadership Summit and advise on military youth issues to the General council.  Continue reading Air Force Reserve Command’s Youth Of The Year