American Graduate Champion: Brandon Henry

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LRU shares the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re honoring American Graduate Champions that have been submitted by the community.

Today’s Champion is Brandon Henry! Brandon Henry is a teacher in Buda, Texas. He teaches agriculture. “He always was there when I had a question about my animals and was the best teacher I’ve ever had,” his nomination form said.

Do you know someone in our community who is working to improve high school success for students throughout Central Texas? Recognize them as an American Graduate Champion! American Graduate Champions can be students who work as mentors, business leaders who serve as role models, school officials making changes to better the system, parent activists, and even struggling students who are overcoming obstacles in order to graduate.

American Graduate Champion: Jason Ferrel

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LRU shares the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re honoring American Graduate Champions that have been submitted by the community.

Today’s Champion is Jason Ferrel! Jason Ferrel is a teacher and coach in Buda, Texas. He teaches geography and economics. He is a champion “because of the way that he approaches things and the ways that he treats his students,” his nomination form said.

Do you know someone in our community who is working to improve high school success for students throughout Central Texas? Recognize them as an American Graduate Champion! American Graduate Champions can be students who work as mentors, business leaders who serve as role models, school officials making changes to better the system, parent activists, and even struggling students who are overcoming obstacles in order to graduate.

American Graduate Champion: Ryan Nash

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LRU shares the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re honoring American Graduate Champions that have been submitted by the community.

Today’s Champion is Ryan Nash! Ryan Nash is a teacher in Buda, Texas. In addition to teaching statistics, Nash teaches his kids about life and communicates valuable life lessons in his classroom. “Kids arent going to figure out how pay taxes on [their] own so might as well teach them how to do it smartly,” his nomination form said. “He teaches valuable life lessons as well as helping kids learn more in statistics.”

Do you know someone in our community who is working to improve high school success for students throughout Central Texas? Recognize them as an American Graduate Champion! American Graduate Champions can be students who work as mentors, business leaders who serve as role models, school officials making changes to better the system, parent activists, and even struggling students who are overcoming obstacles in order to graduate.

American Graduate Champion: Kevin Knox

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LRU shares the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re honoring American Graduate Champions that have been submitted by the community.

Today’s Champion is Kevin Knox! Kevin Knox is a teacher in Buda, Texas. He is a good, young teacher who handles a lot of different people’s needs. He is a champion “because he works hard and deals with a lot of stress,” his nomination form said.

Do you know someone in our community who is working to improve high school success for students throughout Central Texas? Recognize them as an American Graduate Champion! American Graduate Champions can be students who work as mentors, business leaders who serve as role models, school officials making changes to better the system, parent activists, and even struggling students who are overcoming obstacles in order to graduate.

American Graduate Champion: Lori Callus

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LRU shares the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re honoring American Graduate Champions that have been submitted by the community.

Today’s Champion is Lori Callus! Lori Callus is a pre-AP Geometry teacher in Buda, Texas. She leads the student council and coaches girls basketball, calculator UIL and sponsors math club. “Ms. Callus always works hard for the multiple groups and organizations she’s apart of or leads, while also does an excellent job of teaching Pre-AP Geometry. Everyday she shows up to school and performs her duties and does them to the best of her ability,” her nomination form said. “If other teachers and students saw or noticed how hard teachers like Ms. Callus do, there would be more students motivated to join and help with other groups or organizations as well pay more respect to teachers in general.”

Do you know someone in our community who is working to improve high school success for students throughout Central Texas? Recognize them as an American Graduate Champion! American Graduate Champions can be students who work as mentors, business leaders who serve as role models, school officials making changes to better the system, parent activists, and even struggling students who are overcoming obstacles in order to graduate.

American Graduate Champion: Angie Mendez

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LRU shares the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re honoring American Graduate Champions that have been submitted by the community.

Today’s Champion is Angie Mendez! Angie Mendez is the community relations director for the Hays County Independent School District. She puts hard work and hours into her job. “Angie Mendez is a champion because she goes above and beyond with her job and the community for volunteering and raising money for the school district,” her nomination form said.

Do you know someone in our community who is working to improve high school success for students throughout Central Texas? Recognize them as an American Graduate Champion! American Graduate Champions can be students who work as mentors, business leaders who serve as role models, school officials making changes to better the system, parent activists, and even struggling students who are overcoming obstacles in order to graduate.

American Graduate Champion: Norma Santana

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LRU shares the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re honoring American Graduate Champions that have been submitted by the community.

Today’s Champion is Norma Santana! Norma Santana is a mother in Kyle, Texas. She works hard to keep her family’s lifestyle. Her life story shows “anything could be achieved with enough effort,” her nomination form said. “She works extremely hard to maintain the life me and my siblings have all by herself.”

Do you know someone in our community who is working to improve high school success for students throughout Central Texas? Recognize them as an American Graduate Champion! American Graduate Champions can be students who work as mentors, business leaders who serve as role models, school officials making changes to better the system, parent activists, and even struggling students who are overcoming obstacles in order to graduate.

American Graduate Champion: Alex O’Brien

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KLRU shares the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re honoring American Graduate Champions that have been submitted by the community.

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Today’s champion is Alex O’Brien! Alex O’Brien is a math teacher in Buda, Texas. She is invested in her students. “Mrs. O’Brien is a champion because she is extremely smart and organized. She stays on top of her students and can always help them on anything they need help with,” her nomination form said.

Do you know someone in our community who is working to improve high school success for students throughout Central Texas? Recognize them as an American Graduate Champion! American Graduate Champions can be students who work as mentors, business leaders who serve as role models, school officials making changes to better the system, parent activists, and even struggling students who are overcoming obstacles in order to graduate.

American Graduate Champion: Debbie Cook

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KLRU shares the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re honoring American Graduate Champions that have been submitted by the community.

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Today’s champion is Debbie Cook! Debbie Cook is a tennis coach and AP U.S. History teacher in San Marcos, Texas. Recently, Cook lost her house to heavy rainfall, losing almost everything and stalling plans to open a woodworking shop with another teacher after retiring. The community poured out its support. Despite her losses, Cook maintained her positive attitude, keeping her chin up and smiling during classes and pushing her athletes in tennis matches. “Coach Cook would always make the entire team run whenever I used the phrase ‘I can’t.’ She believed in us not necessarily always win, but to give 110% every time we played,” her nomination form said.

“She touched everyone’s lives just as much as she did mine. She is genuinely compassionate and unselfish. I aspire to be like her,” Claudia Norman continued on the form. “Someone who may seem ordinary, impacted me on such a personal level that I attempt to be positive for her, then eventually myself. I see just how much an attitude can effect someone’s reality. Coach Cook exemplifies many of the attributes I wish to posses and learn throughout my life. She taught me and so many others that we can do it, we can be great.”

Do you know someone in our community who is working to improve high school success for students throughout Central Texas? Recognize them as an American Graduate Champion! American Graduate Champions can be students who work as mentors, business leaders who serve as role models, school officials making changes to better the system, parent activists, and even struggling students who are overcoming obstacles in order to graduate.

American Graduate Champion: Hannah Ramsey

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KLRU shares the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re honoring American Graduate Champions that have been submitted by the community.

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Today’s champion is Hannah Ramsey! Hannah Ramsey is a student from Buda, Texas. She attends Georgetown University and plays softball. She is a great role model for young people. “Hannah is a dedicated student, she works hard at anything she is given. If there is an obstacle in front of her, she will find a way to surpass that obstacle and excel. She is very down to earth and has a big heart,” her nomination form said. ”

Do you know someone in our community who is working to improve high school success for students throughout Central Texas? Recognize them as an American Graduate Champion! American Graduate Champions can be students who work as mentors, business leaders who serve as role models, school officials making changes to better the system, parent activists, and even struggling students who are overcoming obstacles in order to graduate.