The Chamber of Commerce will honor the nominees from all three county high schools at its annual banquet on Saturday, Feb. 28.
Krysten Cherie Andrade, is the daughter of Rachel and Arnold Andrade of Woodsboro.
Krysten is a three-year recipient of the WISD Board of Trustees Academic Excellence Award and the UIL Scholar Award. This year she was nominated for the Corpus Christi Caller Times/CITGO Distinguished Scholars Recognition.
She has received several awards locally including English I, English III, pre-calculus, business ownership, and Spanish II. She also won an award for distinguished honor roll in her junior year.
A member of the National Honor Society since her sophomore year, Krysten participates actively in UIL literary events. She has been a regional qualifier in both accounting and in social studies. She has also lettered in accounting.
Krysten has been an ordained minister of Jehovah’s Witnesses since the age of 11. She is enrolled in the Theocratic Ministry School where she presents five minute talks. She occasionally volunteers at the Mission Ridge Nursing Home.
Throughout high school Krysten has come to appreciate the value of education and its gateway to opportunity. She has also learned the importance of true friendship.
Krysten plans to attend Del Mar College for her first year and will major in Spanish translation with a minor in accounting. She is also interested in other languages.
Laura Annette Greenly, 18, is the daughter of Michael and Debra Greenly of Woodsboro. Laura is the third member of her family to be nominated for this award, along with her brothers Marcus and Thomas.
She has been active in high school with band for three years, Spanish club for two years, Business Professionals of America for two years and Fellowship of Christian athletes for two years; but the majority of her time was spent being active with Venture Crew 188 and tennis.
With the Venture Crew, a coed branch of the Boy Scouts of America, Laura has participated in annual food drives, volunteered with her church festival, taught younger scouts outdoor skills, and is their current crew president. Laura worked toward and received the Pope Pius XII Catholic Scout Award.
In tennis, Laura has been a varsity member since her freshman year, and was district qualifier for three years and regional qualifier for two years. She won numerous mixed doubles tennis tournaments, leading up to her receiving the High School Tennis Ace Award two years in a row.
She participated in junior varsity and varsity basketball her junior year. Laura participated in UIL accounting and has received perfect attendance for three straight years.
She eceived a band award, and received the Woodman of the World American History Award.
During her senior year, Laura was an athletic trainer for the football and basketball teams. Laura plans to attend Victoria College/University of Houston to pursue a career in business education.
Kaitlin McCool, daughter of Bobby and Jami McCool of Woodsboro, plans to attend Texas A&M University in Kingsville, where she intends to pursue a degree in sports medicine.
She is a member of the National Honor Society at Woodsboro High School and currently holds the position of vice-president.
A member of the student council, Kaitlin is currently serving as president for the 2008-2009 school year. She was elected as vice president her junior year and served on the student council as a representative her sophomore year.
During her years on the WHS Student Council, she participated in the Coastal Bend Blood Center Blood Drive and was responsible for signing up donors each year.
She also participated in “Huddle Up for a Cure” to raise money for lung cancer this past fall. Kaitlin has been a member of Refugio County Fellowship of Christian Athletes for three years beginning her sophomore year in high school.
As a member of the FCA, Kaitlin participated in several activities. One of the activities she participated in was “Field of Dreams,” a student-led devotional in Portland.
She is a member of the Woodsboro Church of Christ. She actively participated in Vacation Bible School during two summers.
Kaitlin is an active member of the Bonnie View 4-H Club and has been a part of 4-H since she was seven years old. She currently holds the office of Council Delegate and Refugio County 4-H Ambassador. She has served the club throughout recent years as president 2007-2008, vice president 2006-2007, secretary 2005-2006.
She has had several 4-H projects including photography, vet science and beef. She has shown her 4-H steers all over the state of Texas beginning at eight years old. She has shown in Houston, Fort Worth, San Antonio and the Refugio County Livestock Show and Rodeo.
Her steers have placed and sold both in Houston and Fort Worth and she has garnered a grand champion, reserve champion and several breed champions at the local county show.
She has received numerous showmanship awards throughout her years showing in the county livestock show. This past August, Kaitlin was the recipient of the District Gold Star Award. This is the highest 4-H Achievement Award at the county level.
She also participated in several canned food drives for local charities throughout her membership in 4-H.
During the summer before her junior year, Kaitlin was selected to attend the Citizenship Seminar in San Angelo, sponsored by the Texas Farm Bureau.
She was a member of the Spanish Club for 2005-2006 and 2006 and 2007.
Kaitlin participated in the Relay for Life in the fall of 2007.
A member of the WHS basketball team, Kaitlin played on the varsity squad for four years. Named to the second team all district her junior year, Kaitlin also received first team all academic honors the same year. She received the “Hustle” award for WHS.
An member of the inaugural Lady Eagles Softball Team, she played varsity for all three years the softball program has been in existence.
Kaitlin was selected first team all-district as a sophomore and junior, as well as all-academic honors. She was chosen for the All-State Honorable Mention team for the Texas Sports Writers Association in 2006-2007 and 2007-2008 season.
The Texas Girls Coaches Association voted Kaitlin as first team all-state catcher in 2007-2008 season. Kaitlin tried out for and made the San Antonio HITT Gold select softball team in August 2007-2008.
She played with this team all over the state of Texas during the fall of 2007 and 2008 and during the summer of 2008.
This last August, this team also made the National Qualifiers tournament in Louisiana where the SA HITT placed ninth over all out of 90 teams.
A member of the WHS volleyball team as a freshman and sophomore, Kaitlin played on the junior varsity squad.
A four-year member of the WHS track team, she has lettered every year and made it to the regional track meet her freshman, sophomore and junior years in the 200 meter run, 800 meter relay and mile relay.
During her sophomore year she reached the regional track meet in the pole vault.