The banquet is set for 6:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 26 at the Refugio Community Center.
Aaron Cardinale is the grandson of Josie Cardinale of McFaddin.
Aaron plans to pursue a career in biomedical engineering. His other interests are robotics, nano-technology, and artificial intelligence.
“Though my intended major is biomedical engineering, which deals mostly with humans, I would like to help the animals of the world, and the environment itself,”Aaron said.
Aaron has been reared by his grandmother from birth and that he says that had its advantages.
“She has used her past experiences to help guide me and keep me on the right path as I grew up,” Aaron said. “Being raised by my grandmother has taught me to avoid all that is drug, alcohol and cigarette related.
“Stories from her past have given me insight into how hard it was for her as a child,” he said.
Aaron and his grandmother has volunteered for community service activities since they arrived to Texas from California. He participates in Share the Feast in Victoria which is hosted by H-E-B.
“It has been an amazing experience allowing me to see, if only at a glimpse, the wide diversity of people around the world,” he said.
Aaron also helps in the senor lunch at the school and the annual Austwell beach cleanup.
“I plan to become an inventor, researcher and general expert in several sciences,” Aaron said. “I find that it is my responsibility to do whatever I can to help everyone and everything.”
Haley is the daughter of Scherie and Jeff Newton.
She is the valedictorian and plans to attend Victoria College to become an animal biologist.
“I will most likely be helping the farmers and ranchers with game management so we will have plenty more crops,” Haley said.
The honor student is a leader at the school. She is the captain of the volleyball and basketball team and has been for every year except one.
Haley is the president of her class and was president last year as well. She is seeking to be the president of her school’s student council which was founded this year at A-THS.
The scholar and athlete is a volunteer in her community, participating in the beach cleanup in Austwell, in food drives and spearheading fundraisers.
“My family and I are always donating money to people in need,” she said. “Also, I live on a private dirt road that always needs to be worked on.
The teen volunteers to help keep the road in good shape.
The honor roll student says she obtained her work ethic from her parents who taught her to work for things and appreciate what she has without becoming selfish.”
With a sister just two years younger, they share things and are rarely apart. Both share height and their classmates have dubbed them the “twin towers.”
Seth is the son of Jessica Garcia of Tivoli.
He plans to go to barber school in the fall.
“I have always loved cutting hair and I am pretty good at it,” Seth said. “Many of the guys in the school come to me when they need a hair cut.”
He is the captain of the basketball team and is leading his team through a great season.
“We have our ups and downs, but I work hard to show my young team our goal and to keep them striving for that goal,” Seth said.
He has worked at the Aransas County Refuge Youth Conservation Corps, as well as with Jimmy Rathcamp in the farming business and at the Tivoli Dairy Queen.
“Moving to Tivoli has changed my life,” he said. “I have become a better person. I joined sports, which taught me discipline and gave me a reason to make better grades, try in school, and stay out of trouble.”
Seth’s strong work ethic contributes to his dedication to the task at hand and his willingness to do his best in what he does.
“I plan to open my own barber shop in Refugio County,” he said.