2023-2024 Waco High Student of the Month
Waco High School
November Student of the Month
Hailie Gilmore, Senior at Waco High - Class of 2024.
Embracing photography as a passion has been instrumental in helping me break out of my shell and find my voice within the school community. It has provided a creative outlet for self-expression and communication. Joining the yearbook team allowed me to actively participate in the school's narrative, pushing me to engage with various events and people, thus fostering a sense of belonging and inclusion.The act of taking photos at different school events became a catalyst for my personal growth, encouraging me to step out of my comfort zone and interact with classmates, teachers, and subjects… thereby boosting my confidence. As a photographer for the yearbook, I not only captured moments but also discovered the power of storytelling through visuals, enabling me to share narratives that resonated with the broader school community.
Photography not only became a means of documenting school life but also a tool for personal empowerment, allowing me to overcome social barriers, be more vocal about my experiences, and truly become an integral part of the school's vibrant tapestry.
October Student of the Month
Greater Waco Advance Health Care Academy (GWAHCA)
Miguel Giron, WHSThe reason I want to pursue a career in healthcare is due to the high demand as well as that I can help people directly or indirectly, such as being a Paramedic or a behind-the-scenes job like a Medical Lab Technician. In the healthcare industry, there's a need for helping hands and people's selflessness to devote themselves to others' needs beyond physical harm. The main reason I enjoy GWAHCA is the classes, which give an important leg-up to students wanting to enter the healthcare industry. But also the teachers at GWAHCA who enjoy helping students develop those necessary skills and ensuring that GWAHCA students will succeed in their future careers and ambitions. My plans after graduation are to attend MCC and enter into the paramedicine program to become Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certified and eventually become a Paramedic. My final career goal is to become a flight paramedic and earn the Critical Care Paramedic (CCP) certification as well as become the pilot of a Helicopter Ambulance.
September Student of the Month
Nathaniel Fields, WHS
Hi, my name is Nathaniel Fields, and I am a student at the Waco High Automotive Academy. I’ve learned through hands-on experience and classroom learning and I've gained invaluable knowledge about automotive technology, maintenance, and repair. This academy offers certification programs that allow me to earn industry-recognized credentials. These certifications, such as ASE (Automotive Service Excellence), help me find jobs in the market and demonstrate competence to potential employers. Working with fellow students on tasks like engine rebuilds or vehicle restorations taught us the importance of teamwork, effective communication, and division of labor – all skills essential in a professional automotive setting. The core of the Automotive Academy is hands-on work with vehicles. We had the opportunity to work on various types of vehicles, diagnosing and repairing issues ranging from simple maintenance tasks like oil changes, to more complex repairs. These experiences not only taught me the technical aspects of automotive work but also instilled a sense of confidence in my ability to tackle real-world automotive challenges and prepare me for the future.
This program helped me find what I want to do in the future and gave me the tools to do it. Thanks to my teacher, Mr. Daughtery, who taught me everything from when I first started the program. I have earned ASE certifications and applied to TSTC. We rebuilt many cars and different things about the automotive service industry. My goal after high school is to attend TSTC, obtain a degree in the automotive industry, and work for a Ford dealership. Thanks to my 3 years in the program, I know moving forward, I have the confidence that I can achieve my goals.