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GMS recognizes top students
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Sandeep Bhakta
Sandeep Bhakta
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Danielle Garza
Danielle Garza
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Megan Jancaå
Megan Jancaå
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April Alex
April Alex
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The top-ranking student in this year’s Goliad Middle School eighth- grade class was Sandeep Bhakta with an average of 99.56.

Sandeep is the son of Rajesh and Priti Bhakta. He was a member of the Cubs basketball team both years he was at GMS. He was a member of the National Junior Honor Society and served as president this year. He has also participated in UIL, was a member of the yearbook staff, and was in student council where he was eighth-grade class secretary.

In seventh grade, Sandeep was recognized as the outstanding student in honors language arts, honors reading, social studies, art, and technology. He also received the second- place award in the Goliad Lions Club 2010 Peace Poster contest.

In eighth grade, Sandeep was recognized as the outstanding student in honors reading, algebra I, and social studies. Sandeep delivered the main address at eighth-grade graduation on May 31.

Megan Janca, the daughter of Michele and Andrew Janca, was the second-highest ranking student in eighth grade with an average of 99.11.

Megan delivered the welcome address at eighth-grade graduation. While in middle school, she participated in volleyball, basketball, track and field, band, and NJHS. Megan represented GMS at the UIL competitions, where she won second place in mathematics, second place in spelling, and was on the third-place mathematics team and second-place spelling team. She was also involved in CCD.

The third-highest ranking student was Danielle Garza, the daughter of Rene and Rosie Garza; her average was 98.78.

Danielle was a GMS Cubs cheerleader in both seventh and eighth grades. She participated in volleyball, basketball, track and field, cross country, tennis, band, NJHS, student council, UIL (where she placed fifth in calculator and was on the first-place team), and yearbook.

Outside of school, she was a swim lesson instructor, was on the swim team, was a church altar server, played in the Southern Swing volleyball league, and took part in the American Red Cross Guard Start program.

Danielle was all-region in band (clarinet) in both seventh and eighth grades, and won the Outstanding Musician award in band in seventh grade. She served as band secretary and was the executive vice president of student council.

Danielle was a member of Duke University Talent Identification Program and was also an All-America cheerleader in eighth grade. At the end of seventh grade, she was chosen as MVP in both cross country and volleyball and named most improved player in tennis.

This past year, Danielle was selected as outstanding student in algebra I, basketball, and cross country. She also received the Director’s Award for band. Danielle delivered the invocation at eighth -grade graduation.

April Alex, daughter of Candace and Timothy Alex, was the fourth-highest ranking eighth-grade student with an average of 98.56.

April participated in NJHS, student council, ASL Youth Council, band, and UIL. She placed first in UIL calculator, sixth in ready writing as a seventh grader, and third in ready writing as an eighth grader. She is involved in the First English Lutheran Church Youth group and in 4-H. She participated in the Victoria Livestock Show, where she had the 13th-place carcass lamb in 2011 and the fourth- place carcass lamb in 2012.

April was selected as the top student in Texas history and in reading as a seventh-grader. She was chosen this past year as the outstanding student in reading honors and in technology applications. April gave the benediction at the eighth-grade graduation program.

Traditionally, the top two seventh-grade girls and the top two seventh-grade boys serve as usherettes and ushers for the eighth-grade graduation. This year, two of the seventh-grade girls had identical averages, so three girls were recognized. The students were Megan Albrecht (daughter of Robert and Alethea Albrecht), Rhett Davis (son of Kevin and Kim Davis), Michala Janssen (daughter of Michael and Belle Janssen), Cameron Reyes (son of Carlos and Amy Reyes), and Carly Shockley (daughter of Carl and Kimberly Shockley).
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