Collegiate High School Coordinator Luanne Wren with CHS student Thomas Gomez and CHS Director, Sandi Belcher
Collegiate High School Program Coordinator Luanne Wren with CHS student Thomas Gomez and CHS Director Sandi Belcher

Eighty area high school students were honored during the 14th annual Collegiate High School Recognition Banquet on Tuesday, May 15.

Collegiate High School, housed at College of the Mainland, allows students from area high schools to receive an associate degree from COM and a high school diploma at the same time. On May 12, students walked across the stage to receive their associate degrees and later this month will receive their high school diplomas from their respective schools. A total of 63 students received their associate degree while one, Maria Henriquez, earned two associate degrees.

Julia White of Santa Fe was named Valedictorian of her class while Henriquez of Odyssey Academy received the Salutatorian distinction during the ceremony held at the Doyle Center in Texas City.

Other Collegiate High School students were named top students from their respective high schools. They include Ingrid Vicente, Valedictorian, and Jazmine Nelson, Salutatorian, at La Marque High School; Henriquez, Valedictorian, and Jeremiah Lewis, Salutatorian, at Odyssey Academy, and Maizie Fernandes, Valedictorian, at Abundant Life Christian School.

Those recognized as scholarships recipients included:

Scholarship for Academic Recovery ($500)

Thomas Gomez, Odyssey Academy


Parent Meeting Scholarship ($250)

Isabella Atkins, Dickinson HS

Meredith Dauphine, Santa Fe

Aundrea Enriquez, Odyssey Academy

John Herrington, Dickinson HS

Jazmine Nelson, La Marque HS

Makenna Pedersen, Dickinson HS

Alfredo Rivas, Odyssey Academy

Jayden Thiem, Texas City HS


John and Josh White Memorial Scholarship ($250)

Jhenda Griffin, Hitchcock HS


Total Industrial Specialties Services, Inc. Scholarship ($500)

Brittanie Brown, Hitchcock HS

Dedrick Johnson, Texas City HS

Maizie Fernandes, Abundant Life Christian Life School

Joe Pedraza, Odyssey Academy