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2013 Region 6 College Scholarship Winners


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  • Lynna Peggy Jezek
  • Victoria J. Van Wart
  • Olivia Jane Thomas
  • Taylor Drew Andrews
  • Vera Yakovleva
  • Madison Kaye Estes

 


Lynna Peggy Jezek
 
Tioga, Texas
$12,000 College Scholarship
Texas A&M University
College Station, Texas
Major: Anthropology
Parents: Michael and Amy Jezek
 
 
 
Lynna graduated from Pilot Point High School in Pilot Point, Texas, where she was a Texas Scholar.
 
“As president of my school’s National Honor Society chapter, I coordinated an animal shelter supply drive to collect donations for the nearest animal shelter,” she says. “We collected over 500 pounds of dog food and supplies. The project was personally rewarding.”
 
Lynna plans to earn a master’s degree in archaeology and study in the Mediterranean.



 
Victoria J. Van Wart
 
Kyle, Texas
$11,000 College Scholarship
Texas A&M University
College Station, Texas
Major: Biomedical Sciences
Parents: Fergus and Cynthia Van Wart
 
 
Victoria graduated from Lehman High School in Kyle, Texas, where she was a member of National Honor Society and a cheerleader from kindergarten through 12th grade.
 
A lover of animals, Victoria plans to become a small-animal veterinarian.
 
“I decided I wanted to become a veterinarian when I was 2 years old,” she says. I want to help discover a solution for heartworms, distemper, parvovirus, rabies and other widespread canine diseases.”



 
Olivia Jane Thomas
 
Hastings, Neb.
$10,000 College Scholarship
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Lincoln, Neb.
Major: Pre-Medicine, Spanish
Parents: Troy and Ellen Thomas
 
 
Olivia graduated from Hastings St. Cecilia High School in Hastings, Neb., where she was a National Merit Finalist and earned NSAA Academic All-State for volleyball.
 
“As National Honor Society president, I assisted in organizing and performing community service projects such as American Red Cross blood drives, Good Angel Christmas Gift Drive and medical supply drives for seminarians in Cuba,” she says.
 
Olivia plans to pursue a career as a physician.



Taylor Drew Andrews

York, Neb.
$9,000 College Scholarship
University of Nebraska-Omaha
Omaha, Neb.
Major: Computer Engineering
Parents: Kerry and Linda Andrews
 
 
 
 
Taylor graduated from York High School in York, Neb., where he was a member of National Honor Society.
 
“When I was 12, I began serving in my church by volunteering in nursery, Children’s Church and Vacation Bible School,” says Taylor. “I enjoy teaching children, watching them grow and seeing their lives shaped.”
 
Taylor plans to become a computer engineer.




Vera Yakovleva
 
Antelope, Calif.
$8,000 College Scholarship
Humboldt State University
Arcata, Calif.
Major: Mathematics
Parents: Andrey and Elena Yakovleva
 
 
 
Vera graduated from Mira Loma High School in Sacramento, Calif.
 
“On Thanksgiving day in 1998, my family immigrated to America from Ukraine,” says Vera, who plays classical Russian guitar. “My parents instilled in me the principles that were honored in our homeland: education, community and culture.”
 
She plans to pursue a career as a secondary math teacher.



 
Madison Kaye Estes
 
Alamo, Texas
$7,000 College Scholarship
Western Kentucky University
Bowling Green, Ky.
Major: Chemistry/Pre-Medicine, Spanish
Parents: Joseph and Carla Estes
 
 
Madison graduated from South Texas High School for Health Professions in Alamo, Texas.
 
Madison plans to become an obstetrician and gynecologist, spending time traveling to other countries in need of quality health care. Through a medical Spanish program offered through a nearby university, she’s had the opportunity to learn Spanish medical terminology and how to translate in health-care settings.
 
“I plan to take the Certified Medical Interpreter Exam, so I can translate in medical clinics in Mexico,” says Madison.
 
      

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