HBU is a NCAA Division 1 University that will move into the Southland Conference in the fall of 2013.
“We are extremely proud of Cecilia and her accomplishments, and look forward to following her success in college,” said Jason Herring, athletic director. “She’s an awesome kid.”
Cecilia received a five-year scholarship for her academic achievements as well as her athletic abilities. Because of hard work both on the field and in the classroom, ninety percent of her college education will be paid through the scholarship.
The dream of playing collegiate softball began 10 years ago. In order to achieve the goal she set as a child, Cecilia played travel ball in Corpus Christi, Victoria and Houston. For the past six years, she has played Houston Power select softball.
She has traveled to California, Colorado, Oklahoma,Louisiana, Mississippi, Georgia, New Jersey, New York, Florida and many places in Texas to play for college coaches. The star athlete never took her eye off her goal, using her experience to improve and prepare for college softball.
Cecilia attributes the Houston Power organization for playing a vital role in making her dream come true.
While at RHS; Cecilia lettered three years in softball with her senior year to go.
Her awards on the playing field have been numerous. As a freshman she was named the Wind-n-Surf Most Valuable Player and helped her team win the Championship title at the Port Aransas tournament.
The Lady Cats were district champions, bi-district champions, area champions, quarter-final regional champions, and played in the semi-finals game. She received the District Newcomer of the Year award.
Her sophomore year, she earned three Most Valuable Player tournament trophies. Her team was hi-district champions, area champions and played in the quarter-final regional game.
She earned a unanimous vote for District MVP and All South Texas team pitcher. During her junior year she helped the Lady Cats win Co-District Champion, Bi-District Champions and played in the Area Championship game.
She has been named first team All District and Academic All District for three straight years.
At the Refugio Athletic Banquet, Cecilia has received the softball MVP title two years and the Bill English Fighting Heart Award for three years.
Cecilia also plays basketball. lettering all four years. Her sophomore year, she was awarded basketball all tourney player at the Kingsville Academy tournament and received second-team All District and Academic All District.
As a junior she was the captain of the team and was named First Team All District and Academic All District.
She is the captain of the team again this year.
Cecilia has been on the varsity track team for three years. Her freshman year she won second in the 100m and first in the mile relay and went to the Regional Track Meet.
Her junior year she helped the team win the district championship and qualified for the Regional Track Meet in the 100m, 200m, and the 200m relay.
She also played volleyball her freshman and senior year, earning Academic All District this year.
In addition to Cecilia’s strong athletic abilities, her academic skills have also brought wide recognition. She received Commended Performance for her TAKS scores throughout high school. Her sophomore year she was awarded the Algebra II Honors and the World History Honors, earning an Academic Excellence Certificate throughout high school. She has earned the Academic Excellence Certificate for three years and has been on the Distinguished Honor Roll for 12 years. Last year, she was awarded student achievement recognition from the Texas ACT Council for her ACT test scores which indicated she was c·n target for college readiness and success. She also participated in the UIL Academic Meet last year.
Cecilia has also shown leadership among her peers. She is currently a two-year president of the student council and past vice president and secretary. She has been a member of the FCA and PALS Peer Leadership programs.
Cecilia is equally involved in the community, holding numerous leadership rolls in 4-H, both in her local club and the 4-H council. She has served as club parliamentarian, council delegate, vice president and treasurer. She is a county ambassador and has been the county council secretary for two years. She shows rabbits for the County Fair and has been awarded the 4-H Gold Star Award, the top in the organization, as well as being recognized nationwide.
Last year she represented Refugio County as the 4-H County Fair Queen.
Cecilia is also involved in serving as an Altar Server for Our Lady of Refuge Catholic Church. She is the only senior girl who is an altar server.
As her high school career winds down this remaining semester, Cecilia plans to go to college in Houston in August, where she will major in business marketing and management.