The chamber banquet is set for Saturday, March 17, at the Refugio County Community Center.
Justin Franklin is the son of Kathy Franklin of Refugio.
A member of the state championship football team, Justin plans to attend Texas Tech University in Lubbock. to major in computer science, with a minor in mathematics. Justin’s long-term goal is to earn a master’s degree.
Active in his church – Union Baptist in Refugio – Justin volunteers where there is a need. He serves in the kitchen, he ushers the members and he cleans the church and kitchen and helps out when he sees a need.
The senior says when he arrived in Refugio in September of 2008 from Oakland, Calif., he was shy and spoke rarely to anyone outside his family because he didn’t know anyone else.
Justin has matured and is confident. He overcame his shyness by reaching out. His transformation into a mature leader came during his sophomore year when he attended Gold Youth Leadership seminar and received a Gold Youth Leadership Award.
The senior learned how to lead and the young man from Oakland, Calif., was accepted in his school and town. He enjoys sharing friendships with good people in his and other graduating classes.
Justin was the only senior on the varsity basketball team. He is also active in Peers Accepting Learning and Sharing (PALS).
Ranked ninth in his class, Justin also is involved in football, basketball, track and field, and he serves as the head baseball manager.
During his freshman year, Justin earned a certificate of Recognition for World Geography 2008-2009. In his sophomore year, he earned the Gold Youth Leadership Award; and the Academic Excellence 2009-2010.
During his junior year, he received a certificate of Recognition for English 3 AP and a certificate of Recognition for U.S. History and Academic Excellence 2010-2011.
His senior year he was a member of the Refugio Bobcats State Champions team; and was chosen 2nd team all-district for CB, 2011.
Jake Heryford is the son of Coach Steve and Mary Heryford.
He is eligible for the Carr Fellowship Scholarship.
Jake plans to attend Angelo State University in San Angelo to purse a career in the medical field.
An honor student, Jake is the vice president of the National Honor Society.
Jake has been active in the community. He provided information about flu and hygiene at the Refugio County Fair (ECHO). He also volunteered for cleanup duty at the fair and for school beautification. He is also a participant in the Relay for Life 2010-11.
Jake was named 1st team Academic All-State 2011. He received the English II Honors Academic Award, and the World History Academic Award.
He placed 5th in UIL District Ready Writing, and was on the Regional Qualifying UIL Literary Criticism Team. Jake placed 2nd in the Voice of Democracy Essay Contest. He was named 1st team all-state linebacker and 1st team all-district linebacker in 2011 and 1st team all-district utility player in 2010.
Jake has grown as a student over the years and is now committed to having a strong finish to his high school years and a great start to his college years.
In the future, he hopes to develop into a great asset in the medical field as well as society.
Thomas Justin Ramirez is the son of Robbie Ramirez of Refugio and the late Mario “Bebe” Ramirez.
After graduation, Thomas plans to attend Victoria College to begin his basics. While attending college, he plans to join the intramural coed volleyball team.
After finishing his basics, Thomas plans to transfer to Texas A&M-Kingville to purse a degree in kinesiology.
A drum major with the Mighty Bobcat Marching Band, Thomas plans to join the marching band and the intramural men’s volleyball team at TAMUK.
Listed in Who’s Who among the Outstanding Students, Thomas was selected RHS band favorite, outstanding sophomore band member, four-year “Bandsman of the Week” and the Patrick Gilmore Band Award. He was also highlighted in the RISD Spotlight on Excellence.
Thomas has taken a leadership role at this high school. He was the freshman class president, student council representative 2008-2009, sophomore class president, student council reporter, Lady Cat softball manager from 2009-2011, junior class president, student council vice president, senior class president, student council president, Lady Cat volleyball manager, SHAC/Student & Advisory Council Member 2011-12.
The senior is also a stalwart volunteer in the community.
He is a volunteer at Refugio VFW Post 6290, an altar server at St. James Catholic Church. He volunteers at the St. James Catholic Church Fall Festival, Refugio County Feast for Humanity, and served at the VFW fish fry.
Thomas participated in Student Council Christmas Caroling at the nursing homes, served as a coach and refereed for the Boys & Girls Club basketball league.
The senior’s growth and development progressed by his participation at St. James Catholic Church where he attended CCD, was an altar server and a church choir member.
In the community, he volunteered his time and effort at the Boys & Girls Club during basketball season. He also participated in Refugio Little League, Spike Sport Men’s Volleyball, student government, One Act Play and the marching band.
Thomas has participated in TASC Student Leadership Workshops from 2009-2012, and the Trio College Bound Summer Road Trip.