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Taking CSISD Success to the Next Level

  • Tierra Body - John C. Culpepper, Jr. Memorial Scholarship
    Tierra Body - John C. Culpepper, Jr. Memorial Scholarship

    The teacher recommendation read, “This student lives in poverty and often has to deal with food insecurity, but finds ways to work through the stress and still perform well in school. She continually challenges herself to work hard and take demanding courses. She is choosing to find a way out of the poverty loop and change her life path.”

    Another teacher said, “This young woman has dreams and the skills to achieve them. She routinely outperformed peers who have not had any of the challenges and chaos she routinely experiences.”

    Tierra Body graduated from A&M Consolidated High School in 2018. She was actively involved in National Honor Society, Student Council and Crime Stoppers. She was part of the AVID program and volunteered with Tiger Team Freshman Tutoring. Tierra has a passion for learning and writing, and her dream is to become a published author, “perhaps having my own book in cursive edition”. She admits to having a wild imagination and wants to bridge the gap by exploring and writing about the natural world. She plans to attend the University of North Texas to major in an English-related field to prepare for a future in writing.

    Tierra was the inaugural recipient of the John C. Culpepper, Jr. Memorial Scholarship. The award pays tribute to John’s memorable stories by empowering a growing writer. The scholarship also honors him for his vision and pioneering efforts in the development of College Station dating back to the 1950s.

  • Phuc Ha -H.R. Burnett Memorial Scholarship
    Phuc Ha -H.R. Burnett Memorial Scholarship

    Phuc Ha emigrated with his parents from Vietnam 12 years ago, with nothing but pocket change and a hope for a better future. Phuc shared with us that he desires to emulate his parents, working hard to seize greater opportunities. He has done just that.

    The 2018 National Merit Commended, A&M Consolidated High School graduate earned a 4.3 GPA and was ranked 25th in his class. He excelled in AP and Honors classes, while being active in NHS, Student Council, SkillsUSA, Health Occupation Students of America, orchestra and baseball. Phuc also works 2 jobs so that he can contribute financially to support his struggling family.

    “My parents have somehow managed to provide my siblings and I greater opportunities than we could have imagined. It is because of them that I try to accomplish as much as possible. They work day in and day out, 6 days a week, just so I can have the things I need and it only felt right that I seize every opportunity. My parents have done everything they can for me and I plan on giving it back to them and so much more.”

    He plans to attend Texas A&M University to major in business, and minor in computer science. Phuc tells us that he enjoys technology and believes that comprehensive computer skills are a necessity in the work force.

    Phuc was awarded the H.R. Burnett Memorial Scholarship in 2018. The scholarship, endowed with the Education Foundation, supports college-bound seniors with financial need that demonstrate academic achievement, school involvement and community service. It honors Dr. Burnett, who served CSISD for 25 years as a principal, personnel director and superintendent. He and his wife, Cherry, a retired teacher and librarian in the district, both spent their lives dedicated to helping young people achieve their dreams.

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