A record number of Spring Branch Independent School District seniors—127— received a total of
$135,000 in scholarships at the Spring Branch Education Foundation (SBEF) 2016 Bright Stars of SBISD,
Celebrating Academic Excellence awards program on May 19 at The Westin Houston, Memorial City.sbef-logo

The event, hosted by SBEF, honored scholarship recipients as well as Teachers and Principals of the Year for 2015-16. “These seniors and educators are stand-outs who represent so many bright stars in Spring
Branch ISD,” SBEF Executive Director Cece Thompson said. “It’s a privilege to recognize them.”

“The evening is not just another opportunity to award higher education scholarships,” Warren
Matthews, SBEF Scholarship Committee chair, said. “We publicly pay tribute to our seniors for their
achievements, to the educators who have prepared our honorees for the next stage of their lives and to
our community leaders and volunteers for their support and involvement in educating our youth.”

Throughout the school year, Spring Branch ISD staff members contribute to the SBEF Employee
Campaign, funding scholarships for SBISD graduates who are children of district employees. When
employees were asked in August 2015 to contribute to SBEF’s 2015-16 Employee Campaign scholarship
fund, they eagerly responded.

“The response was so great that we awarded a $1,000 scholarship to every applicant – 47 graduates. We
are thrilled!” Thompson said.

Employee Campaign Scholarship, $1,000
Academy of Choice – Luis Funes, Katelynn Hollister
Memorial High School – Carol Ann Iler, Victoria Lioliou, Omar Olivares-Cordero, Regan Reese, Rachel
Robertson, Courtney Slattery, Kelsey Slattery, Teresa Vergult
Northbrook High School – Daisy Castillo, Oscar Herrera, Ashley Oliva
Spring Woods High School – Jacquelyn Andrade, Clarissa Cano, Jessenia Covarrubias, Brittany Garcia,
Kevin Lucas, Andrew Martinez, Kendall Neal
Stratford High School – Kelcy Allen, Thomas Birdsong, Ryan Brown, Marianna Davis, William Fowler,
Andre Frederick, Megan Gardner, Emily Gex, Sawyer Greenhill, Melanie Hastings, Helen
Hemphill, Addison Johnson, Isobel Makin, Taylor Meyer, Nicholas Phucas, Natalya Pomeroy,
Mary-Kate Scurlock, Hugh Sharp, Jared Willis
Westchester Academy for International Studies – Zeynep Dikmen, Clinton Dougher, Marie Drosche, Jon
Lim, Joshua McCune, Jesid Post, Emily Ripkowski, Diana Villareal

Other scholarships were presented to SBISD graduates by individuals or organizations, funded through
SBEF.

Advocates of Education Scholarship, $1,000
Wade Borrer, Melissa Cisneros, Milton Rico Hernandez, Janeth Lopez, Marvin Melgar, Tuan Le Q, Ramon
Vargas, Maryuri Ventura, Northbrook High School
Warren Barfield Memorial Scholarship, $1,000
Henry Baring, Andrew Kelly, James Lewis, Benjamin Moak, Sydney Slack, Stratford High School
Andres Bautista Memorial Scholarship, $1,000
Sarah Garcia, Jose Gonzalez Valles, Nhi Ho, Ruth Lopez, Enrique Urdiales Sosa, Spring Woods High
School
Benjamin Cuellar Memorial Scholarship, $1,000
Kiana Banafshay, Stratford High School
Chris Gilbert Memorial Scholarship, $1,000
Sophia Park, Spring Woods High School
CITGO STEM Scholarship, $1,000
Fredy Corrales, Northbrook High School
Ashton Bates, Danielle Greene, Steven Grooms, Abigail Hirst, Mariam Khaldoon, David Mogilevsky,
Alexander Plant, Alyssa Plant, John Strong, Nicolas Terrazas, Stratford High School
Anthony Gonzalez, Kevin Le, Emily Navejar, Daniel Villagomez, Westchester Academy for International
Studies
Council of PTAs Scholarship, $1,000
Sarah Stephenson, Memorial High School
Jasmin Rodriguez, Northbrook High School
Shane Promsaka, Spring Woods High School
Lawrence Collins Jr., Emily Joseph, Stratford High School
Sara Farrokhi, Westchester Academy for International Studies
Friends of SBEF Scholarship, $1,000
Charles Sewall Howell, Stratford High School
Frostwood Elementary PTA Scholarship, $1,000
Emma Lay, Memorial High School
Goldstein Altman Scholarship, $2,000
Allison Eggert, Madha Faisal, Uma Jacobs, Jonathan Keith, Matthew Stephenson, Memorial High School
Dr. Hal Guthrie Memorial Scholarship, $1,000
Judith Chan, Northbrook High School
Hunters Creek Elementary PTA Scholarship, $1,000
Madeleine Batiz, Stratford High School
Meadow Wood Elementary PTA Scholarship, $1,000
Sean Hurst, Stratford High School
Memorial Middle PTA Scholarship, $1,000
Jackson Holland II, Yuna Kim, Stratford High School
Nabors Industries Scholarship, $1,000
Sung Kim, Stratford High School
Monica Neubauer Memorial Scholarship, $1,000
Bahareh Sharafi, Kaiwen Shen, Memorial High School
Rachel Pendray Memorial Scholarship, $1,000
Dana Duong, Melisa Lopez Emiliano, Matthew Rodgers, Spring Woods High School
Prosperity Bank Scholarship, $1,000
Karenza Shepherd, Northbrook High School
Rummel Creek Elementary Scholarship, $1,000
Katherine Thomas, Stratford High School
Shadow Oaks Elementary PTA Scholarship, funded by Valley Oaks Elementary PTA, $1,000
Esteban Gomez, Spring Woods High School
Spring Branch Education Foundation Scholarship, $1,000
Mario Sidonio, Northbrook High School
Olivia Brady, Justin Carlin, Darian Julun, Molly Murphy, Collins Rush, Stratford High School
Sam Farrokhi, Westchester Academy for International Studies
Spring Branch Lions Club Scholarship, $1,000
Xinyu Liu, Stratford High School
Spring Forest Middle School PTA Scholarship, $1,000
Claire Koenig, Stratford High School
Stratford High School PTSA Sister School Scholarship, $1,000
Elvira Campos, Amy Castillo, Magdalena Delgado, Northbrook High School
Valley Oaks Elementary PTA Scholarship, $1,000
Kennedy Conlee, Spring Woods High School
Judy Weisend Memorial Scholarship, $1,000
Kayla Smith, Stratford High School
Wells Fargo & Company Scholarship, $1,000
Sarah Calhoun, Stratford High School
Wilchester Elementary PTA Scholarship, $1,000
Julia Gex, Stratford High School
Wilchester Men’s Club Scholarship, $2,500
Jennifer Brann, Reilly Lawrence, Stratford High School
Community members who wish to support scholarship programs are invited to make tax-deductible
donations to the Foundation and earmark it for scholarships. Call 713-251- 2381 or visit
sbef@springbranchisd.com for more information.