Welcome to the 2006 Society of Petroleum Engineers Gulf Coast Awards Banquet FRESHMAN SCHOLARSHIP Lauren Hedrix Lauren is graduating from the Woodlands High School and plans to pursue a degree in Petroleum Engineering at the University of Texas in Austin. She has served on her school’s Student Council and participates in various community service projects with Interact. Lauren was recently selected as a Highlighted Highlander, recognized as an outstanding role model for her peers. FRESHMAN SCHOLARSHIP Richard Hopper Richard will graduate from Klein High School and plans to study Petroleum Engineering at the University of Oklahoma. His work as an intern at Hunt Petroleum has provided him a glimpse of his future career in the energy industry. Richard is a four-year member of the Klein High School Marching Band and volunteers for Habitat for Humanity. FRESHMAN SCHOLARSHIP Austin Johnson Austin is graduating from Lamar Consolidated High School in Rosenberg and plans to pursue a degree in Petroleum Engineering at Texas A&M University in the fall. Austin has been a member of his school’s football and track teams. He is a member of the National Honor Society and participates in choir. Outside of school Austin volunteers with the Special Olympics. FRESHMAN SCHOLARSHIP Caleb Jones Caleb is graduating from Magnolia High School in Magnolia and plans to purse a degree in Petroleum Engineering at the University of Texas in Austin in the fall. Caleb has been a member of his school’s band and National Honor Society. Outside of school, Caleb is active in his church and volunteers for Camp Lone Star. FRESHMAN SCHOLARSHIP Bernadette Jurica Bernadette will graduate from Rice High School in Altair and plans to study Petroleum Engineering at Texas A&M University. Bernadette has served on her school’s Student Council and is active in her church youth group. She is also active in Future Farmers of America; serving as Chapter President and Voting Delegate at the District, Area, State, and National Conventions. FRESHMAN SCHOLARSHIP Cody Karasek Cody is graduating from Lamar Consolidated High School and will be studying Petroleum Engineering at Texas A&M University. Cody is co-captain and a four-year member of his school’s baseball team. He also plays football for his school and is a member of the National Honor Society. Cody participates in various community service projects through his the church youth organization and Interact. FY06 SPE GCS SPONSORS PRECOLLEGE INTERN EMPLOYER FRESHMAN SCHOLARSHIP Jessica Kolesar Jessica plans on attending Texas A&M to study Petroleum Engineering after she graduates from Cinco Ranch High School in Katy. When she is not working at her job in sales, Jessica stays busy with her church youth group, Tae Kwon Do classes, and her school orchestra. FRESHMAN SCHOLARSHIP Aditya Kunjapur Aditya is graduating from Stratford High School and plans on attending the University of Texas to study either Chemical or Petroleum Engineering. He has won numerous awards on his school’s speech and debate and cross country teams. Outside of school, he has his own tutoring business which he has run for three years. FRESHMAN SCHOLARSHIP Janice Mathew Janice plans on attending Massachusetts Institute of Technology to study Chemical Engineering upon her graduation from Booker T. Washington High School. Throughout her high school career she has placed 1st in several contests such as FIRST Robotics Challenge and UIL’s Science and Math competitions. When she’s not participating in events, she’s volunteering her time to help interest Middle School children in engineering through mentoring and work on an Engineering Camp. FRESHMAN SCHOLARSHIP Mikhail Mayzenberg Mikhail will soon graduate from Elkins High School in Missouri City and plans to study either Mechanical or Petroleum Engineering at University of Texas in the fall. Growing up in Ukraine, Mikhail learned to speak fluent Russian. Here in the Houston area he has used this ability to volunteer over one hundred hours at the Russian Community Center. FRESHMAN SCHOLARSHIP Matthew Metzger Matthew will attend the Colorado School of Mines to study Petroleum Engineering after he graduates from Memorial High School in Houston. Matthew actively volunteers at his church to help others and teach young kids. Through his school, he volunteers his time for the community with the Memorial Mustangs Outreach Bunch. FRESHMAN SCHOLARSHIP Travis Phillippi Travis will soon graduate from Magnolia High School in Magnolia and go on to study Petroleum Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines. In school, Travis is currently serving as Senior Class Treasurer and News Editor for the school newspaper. Since last August, he has interned at Anadarko Petroleum. When he’s not busy with school or work, Travis enjoys playing football and ice hockey. FY06 SPE GCS SPONSORS SCHOLARSHIP SPONSOR FRESHMAN SCHOLARSHIP Cody Robinson Cody will graduate from Concordia Lutheran High School in Tomball and plans to pursue a degree in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University. Cody is captain of his school’s basketball team which made the Texas 5A Final Four. He is also a leader in the youth group at his church. FRESHMAN SCHOLARSHIP Sydney Slimm Sydney plans on attending the Colorado School of Mines after she graduates from Oak Ridge High School’s Academy of Science and Technology. Sydney has been active in cheerleading, Key Club, and the Houston Science Fair. Outside of school, she is employed as a secretary and also stays active with her church. FRESHMAN SCHOLARSHIP Christine Sliva Christine is graduating from Cy Fair High School and will go on to Texas A&M University to study Petroleum Engineering. Christine has a passion for music and has played for her school’s band and with the Houston Youth Symphony. She’s active in her school’s French Club and spends her free time coaching a team for Destination Imagination. FRESHMAN SCHOLARSHIP Michael Sollee Michael will attend Texas A&M University to study Petroleum Engineering after he graduates from Kingwood High School. Michael plays on his school’s varsity Tennis team and plays trumpet in the school’s Symphonic Band. Outside of school, he is active in his church and has gone with them on several mission trips. FRESHMAN SCHOLARSHIP Vanessa Trevino Vanessa will graduate from Klein Oak High School in Spring and plans on studying Petroleum Engineering at Texas A&M University. She has worked on her school’s yearbook throughout school and is currently a section editor. Vanessa is also an accomplished equestrian and has competed in various forms of the sport for over ten years. FY06 SPE GCS SPONSORS SCHOLARSHIP SPONSOR FRESHMAN SCHOLARSHIP Brent Vangolen Brent is graduating from The Woodlands High School and will go to the Colorado School of Mines to study Petroleum Engineering. Brent has been active in the Mu Alpha Theta club at his school and has placed first in the BEST Robotics Competition. He has also been a feature editor for his school’s newspaper. FRESHMAN SCHOLARSHIP Forrest Whittington Forrest plans on studying Petroleum Engineering at Texas A&M University after he graduates from Foster High School in Richmond. Forrest plays clarinet in his school band where he is a marching leader. He loves baseball and for over four years has served as an umpire for the local Little League. FRESHMAN SCHOLARSHIP Carl Williford Carl will graduate from Humble High School in Humble and plans to pursue a degree in Petroleum Engineering at Texas A&M University. He plays on the varsity football team at his school and volunteers at his church. Carl’s work as a lab technician at BSI Inspectorate has already given him a glimpse of his future career in the energy industry.