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Miranda Farias
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AUSTWELL — Miranda R. Farias, Jonathan Rees, and Marcus Salinas are the three Austwell-Tivoli High School seniors nominated by their school for the Refugio County Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Senior Award.

The chamber banquet is set for Saturday, March 17, at the Refugio County Community Center.

Miranda R. Farias

Miranda R. Farias is the daughter of Charles and Josephine Farias of Tivoli.

Miranda plans to attend Victoria College to pursue a career as a certified registered nurse specializing in pediatrics with an associate business degree.

The senior is an active in both school and communities activities.

A member of the Roughrider 4-H club for six years, Miranda conducted training for other members of the club on training rabbits. Miranda was appointed treasurer her junior and senior year and appointed County Council delegate.

And she has also started her own rabbitry business with the help of her parents.

A community volunteer, Miranda raised money for the church and worked at the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge for seven years with their Environmental Education program and special events.

She also volunteers at the Leo Welder Center for the Performing Arts with their annual Triple Threat Theatre Academy for two years and at the Regency Nursing Centers with assisting the residents with nature walks, providing activities and assisting them with daily activities.

She has volunteered to run the bookstore for the Friends of Aransas and Matagorda Island during her summers.

She participated in the beach clean-up for four years and assisted in the Community Christmas program for two years by collecting toys and fruit bags for the community.

Miranda performed in the musical Seussical and Jungle Book at the Leo Welder Center for the Performing Arts. She was involved in One Act Play for two years and received Honorable Mention cast.

Miranda is also active in athletics, and received four All-tourney medals and second in all district basketball. She participated in volleyball and tennis for four years.

She has been the basketball team captain for three years.

In addition, she modeled for Allure of Port Lavaca in their Wedding and Quinceanera shows.

Jonathan Rees

Jonathan Rees is the son of Greg and Darla Rees of Victoria.

Jonathan plans to take his basics at Victoria College and transfer to a larger college. He is currently looking into University of Texas, A&M or TCU as possible choices. He is interested in psychology, theology, investigation, and business. He is eligible for the Valedictorian Scholarship.

Jonathan is responsible for setting up and directing the junior-high service on Sunday mornings at Faith Family Church in Victoria. The set up includes 80 chairs, a projector, screen, speakers, and games. His team consists of five boys and two girls. Every Sunday, he sets up for the service and , with the exception of the sermon, Jonathan runs the service.

Other than setting up and directing the first junior-high service on Sunday, on Wednesday night when his congregation has their youth group, he plays guitar in the worship band. Jonathan is also an usher during the service. Occasionally, he participates in skits or in video announcements.

Jonathan also volunteers for community service projects such as Toys for Tots, school related fundraisers, and other school and church sponsored community services.

He has played varsity basketball, and tennis and will participate in UIL academic events. For two summers he has worked for the RV Park of Victoria, doing construction, maintenance, and customer services. And he is also a member of his school’s FCA.

Marcus Salinas

Marcus Salinas is the son of Agustin and Cynthia Nunez of Victoria.

Marcus plans to attend Texas A&M- Kingsville to study agribusiness along with getting a degree in Farm and Ranch management.

With his past work experience in the agriculture field, Marcus has seen how important agriculture is in our lives and desires to learn more about the field. One day he plans to run his own farm and ranch.

The senior has held many leadership roles. Marcus represents his class on the Student Advisory Council and serves as president of the Tivoli Roughriders 4-H club.

Marcus is also a Refugio County Ambassador. During 2011-2012, he serves as the second Vice chairman for District 11, and with that position is able to serve on the Texas 4-H Council, the highest level of 4-H in the state.

While on State Council, Marcus serves as the chairman for the State Marketing Team.

He has received awards from the Refugio County Farm Bureau, the Refugio County VFW Post 6290, and Refugio County Livestock Judging team.

He was a co-chair in the organization of the 2nd Annual Austwell-Tivoli Community Christmas. He helped gather toys, cooked food then gave it to the community at no charge. This year he was able to participate in the Youth Day at the San Antonio Livestock Show and Rodeo where he set up a booth to teach young children about wildlife.

He is given the chance to meet intercity students during school tours, then guide them through the stock show teaching them about what happens at a stock show and what different types of animals there are.

His biggest accomplishment that may surprise people is that he has only been in 4-H a year and a half. When he joined he invested in a hog to show in the county fair and joined the Refugio County Livestock Judging Team.

He sold his hog. This year he bought two hogs and a steer in hope of winning a bigger prize.

Since joining he has had the opportunity to take up very challenging leadership roles. Roles that have taken other 4-H members five to six years to achieve, he’s done in one. He started out not knowing anyone, but that changed soon.

Marcus has been working since he was 13-14, cutting yards and hasn’t quit yet. In his spare time, he holds two part time jobs in Tivoli.

At both jobs he works as a farm/ ranch hand. These jobs are difficult because they are self driven. Marcus has shown that he is a self-starter and unafraid to test the skills he has learned over the years. He says every day he learns something new.

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