Each of the four finalists this year for the Joe Barnhart Scholarship is representative of an all-around student. All are ranked in the top 10 out of a class of 267 and have a resume that details many and varied activities.
Taylor Castillo was chosen this year as the recipient. The other three finalists, featured here, will each receive a $5,000 scholarship.
Interested in fine arts, Emily Barris plays the violin, guitar and piano, and she performs with the Beeville Community Chorus. During school, she is a member of both the tennis and cross country teams and competes with the Academic Decathlon Team and the A.C. Jones UIL Academic Team. She has received awards in math and science and is teaching herself sign language. Active in the First Baptist Church, Emily has, through youth mission trips, confirmed her goal to work as a general practitioner in foreign mission medical work.
Also preparing for work in the ministry, particularly the area of youth, is Graham Traylor, who plans to enroll at Baylor University and earn an undergraduate degree in communications followed by a master’s of divinity. He has learned future leadership skills in his participation in football, basketball, tennis and baseball. Some of his awards have been from varsity football and from his classmates who have twice voted him class favorite. Away from the school day, Graham enjoys singing and writing music.
Another Baylor-bound finalist is Bryan Webb, who is aiming high for a career as an aviator, eventually with the Texas state troopers. This final goal will come as his second field of study will be criminal justice. When asked what hobby/interest he’s developed in high school, Bryan is quick to give credit to the welding program. “Not only has this taught me a great skill, it has also given me the priceless experience with working with other people and gaining knowledge on how to take directions,” he said. On his resume, he adds band and shooting sports to his interests.