NISD students awarded Alamo Bowl Scholarships

December 14, 2017

Sixteen Northside students from 13 high schools were awarded Valero Alamo Bowl Student-Athlete Scholarships.

They were recognized at a luncheon Dec. 13 and will also be recognized on the field during the Alamo Bowl football game on Dec. 28.

Seventy three high school students from San Antonio received scholarships this year and 71 were awarded $7,500. Stevens High School student Maya Hammer won an additional $15,000 after being chosen as a Shining Star Scholar courtesy of Shining Star ENERGY. Another area high school student won $10,000.

Pictured are San Antonio area high school students at the scholarship luncheon.

Scholarships were awarded on the basis of academic achievement, teacher recommendations, financial need, involvement in extracurricular activities and varsity sports as well as honors received and a personal narrative.

Northside ISD recipients are:

Kathryn Reitman, Brandeis High School: Reitman earned varsity letters in swimming, along with First and Second Team NISD Academic All-District honors. She hopes to attend the University of Texas at Austin to pursue a career in sports psychology.

Katherine Vasko, Brennan High School: Vasko received varsity letters along with team captain and MVP honors in swimming. She hopes to attend Dallas Baptist University to study psychology and become a counselor.

James Ibanez, Business Careers High School: Ibanez is a four-year varsity letter winner in football and tennis. He hopes to attend the University of Texas at San Antonio to study computer science.

Mary Buchman, Clark High School: Buchman is a varsity-letter winner and team captain for volleyball and was named to the NISD All-Tournament team. She served as President of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and was a member of the Latin National Honor Society for four years. Buchman hopes to attend Texas A&M University to become a veterinarian.

Caitlin Lorenz, Clark High School: Lorenz earned varsity letters for basketball, along with Second Team All-District and First Team Academic All-District honors. Lorenz is an AP Scholar with Distinction and hopes to attend Washington University to study biology.

Haley Beach, Communications Arts High School: Beach was a three-year first team Academic All-District member for softball. She won the National Spanish Exam Bronze Award in the Spanish National Honor Society. Beach hopes to attend Texas A&M University to become an orthodontist.

Sophia Xu, Health Careers High School: Xu received varsity letters for three years and was team captain for tennis. She served as President for the Red Cross Club for two years and hopes to attend Columbia University to become a physician.

Dang Dang, Holmes High School: Dang was a member of the tennis team and served as President of the Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA). He hopes to attend Rice University to become a bioengineer.

Emily Brieno, Holmes High School: Brieno is a four-year varsity letter winner for golf and has been a Girl Scout for 12 years. She played violin for her school orchestra and earned varsity letters from 2017-2018. She hopes to attend Texas A&M University to study mechanical engineering.

Luke Weston, Jay Science and Engineering Academy: Weston earned varsity letters and co-captain honors for swimming and water polo. He serves as Engineering Captain for the Jay Robotics Club, and hopes to attend Rice University to study electrical engineering.

Kevin Randeniya, Marshall High School: Randeniya earned varsity letters for swimming and served as President of the Social Studies National Honor Society and Vice President for his school’s Ultimate Frisbee Club. He hopes to attend the University of Texas at Austin and join the military.

Treshayla Brown, O’Connor High School: Brown is a four-year varsity letter winner for soccer, earning an All-District honorable mention and All-District second team honors. She was captain of the O’Connor Future Farmers of America (FFA) team that won second at state. She hopes to attend the University of Texas at Austin to become a pediatric physician.

Isabelle Shamblin, Taft High School: Shamblin earned varsity letters and team captain honors for cross country and track. She served as Student Council Vice President and hopes to attend Stephen F. Austin State University to become a registered dietitian.

Maya Hammer, Stevens High School: Hammer earned varsity letters for dance and worked with her school’s theatre production. She hopes to attend the University of California Los Angeles to study biology and theatre arts.

Catherine Oakes, Warren High School: Oakes was a three-year varsity water polo letter winner and team captain for swimming and water polo. Oakes was also a member of orchestra and hopes to attend St. Mary’s University to study animal science.

Erik Medina, Warren High School: Medina received varsity letters and team captain honors for football. He’s a member of Student Council and National Honor Society and hopes to attend Texas A&M University to become a pharmacist.

The Alamo Bowl is celebrating its 25th anniversary by presenting over $1 million dollars to San Antonio high school and college students, the largest scholarship total among all bowl games.

Pictured are students from Warren, Brennan, Brandeis, and Jay SEA at the luncheon.

Pictured is Stevens HS student Maya Hammer, who earned an additional $15,000 scholarship.

Learn more about this year's scholarships on the Alamo Bowl website.