American Graduate Champion: Patricia V. Jones

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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 Patricia V. Jones! Patricia V. Jones is an elementary school counselor and single mother in Kyle, Texas. She supports her family and works while maintaining involvement with the Hays High School band. She was the first of her family to graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Trinity University and a master’s degree from St. Mary’s University. Jones is also a two-time breast cancer survivor. “By turning her past obstacles into lessons, she gives her heart to kids who need her help. Whether it’s words of encouragement to send you to class, a bold statement to protect you from harm, no words at all to help you relax or a nice lunch in her room simply to make you smile, she will provide it. I have yet to meet someone who works this hard solely for the betterment of those around her. She teaches that, no matter how bleak a situation may seem, it can always be turned into an opportunity for doing good,” 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: Catherine Changos

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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 Catherine Changos! Catherine Changos is a young person from Buda, Texas. She practices photography and works hard. “She is [an] amazing person and she will inspire others,” 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: Ranson Moore

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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 Ranson Moore! Ranson Moore is a young man from Buda, Texas. He is a smart, state-bound pole vaulter who respects all people. “He is a champion because he has changed peoples lives. He has welcomed students into a good group of souls. He can be counted on by anyone, even the President of The United States of America. He has dreams of becoming a general surgeon and I know he will achieve them,” 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: Josue’s Friends

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.

Today’s Champions are Josue’s friends! Josue Gonzalez’s friends are a group of friends in Round Rock, Texas. His friends help him be confident in who he is wherever he goes. They helped and supported him in coming out as gay to his family. “Others would benefit from this story, because for those who are having trouble with confidence in being themselves, or for in this case coming out, it shows how there are people who can help you and will accept you for who you are,” Tia Sheu, their nominator, 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: William Bugh

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 William Bugh! William Bugh is an American Sign Language teacher in Round Rock, Texas. Bugh uses his own impaired hearing to enrich lessons. He realistically and creatively teaches his students what it means to be deaf and covers important deaf history in his lessons. He “uses hearing disability to his and his students’ advantage,” his nomination form said. “It is an inspiring story of a teacher who is able to overcome his disabilities and use them to his advantage.”

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: Timothy St. Peter

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.

Today’s Champion is Timothy St. Peter! Timothy St. Peter is a volunteer at Success High School in Round Rock, Texas. St. Peter volunteers with the NCC program at the high school. He helps students and talks to students about their grades and attendance. “He makes a change in students lives who have had a hard time at home and in school,” Gary St. Peter, his nominator, 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: James Lilley

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.

Today’s Champion is James Lilley! James Lilley is an assistant manager at Andy’s Frozen Custard in Round Rock, Texas. He inspires his younger coworkers to pursue college careers and visit potential colleges. He shows his coworkers “being a minority doesn’t mean that you can’t go to college,” according to Braylen Hines-King, his nominator. “James Lilley is a champion because he proved that even if you have low income there are still ways for you to go college with scholarships from extra circular activities such as baseball,” Hines-King 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: Christopher Corn

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.

Today’s Champion is Christopher Corn! Christopher Corn is a car salesman in Round Rock, Texas. He donates money to and helps many organizations and foundations, like the Make-A-Wish Foundation and Sunshine Kids. “This person helps me realize important things in life,” Trevor Escobedo, his nominator, said. “This story will make other people realize that helping out with organizations and foundations could benefit disabled kids or kids in need.”

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: Michael Bomani

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.

Today’s Champion is Michael Bomani! Michael Bomani is a mentor in Round Rock, Texas. Bomani works with mentally disabled children. He moved to the United States to give his family a better life before beginning his mentor work. His story shows “you can have a rewarding job and life if you work hard for it,” Andrea Mendoza, his nominator, 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: Sara Parriott

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.

Today’s Champion is Sara Parriott! Sarah Parriott is a business teacher and tutor in Round Rock, Texas. Parriott went out of her way to help a first-generation Latino student finish high school. “Inspired, always be close with your teachers because they always can help you especially graduate or any struggles you’re facing,” 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.