Scholar of the Week

Jacquelyn Trevino      
Texas A&M University

Jacquelyn Trevino is a freshman at Texas A&M University pursuing her degree in computer engineering. A graduate from Carver Magnet High School, in Houston, Texas, with a perfect 4.0 GPA, and ranked #3 in a graduating class of 192 students, she is the 2014-15 HENAAC Scholar recipient of the $1,000 Jose R. Silva Memorial Scholarship sponsored by Raytheon.

Jacquelyn’s aspiration is to become a civil engineer and finds motivation in her younger cousin, who lives in Mexico, and her grandmother who passed away when Jacquelyn was a high school freshmen. During her sophomore year she enrolled in Digital Electronics; she was the only girl in the class. Learning about the binary systems and Boolean algebra were the highlights of her day. She loved to stimulate working circuits on special software. It was definitely hard, but she worked at understanding the digital electronics aspect of engineering.

Jacquelyn’s high school faculty, peers and group partners in AP Biology, AP Calculus. Advanced Architecture and Engineering Design and Development described her as focused and constantly showed great pride in her work. The president of the National Honor Society was impressed with her leadership capacities, skills and management style.

Among the honors she received in high school included Poetry Out Loud Finalist, recipient of the Star Panther Award presented by the teachers to a student who both exemplifies academic achievement and an overall positive attitude towards education, first place in Quiz Bowl, where teams compete in answering math, history, literature, and current-event questions, and placed third in the district wide competition for Related Technical Math.

Jacquelyn was a member and secretary of SkillsUSA in which students work hard to develop and show acquired skills through organized competitions, a member and treasurer of the National Honor Society, and a member of the Student Council. Outside of school, she volunteered for the Houston Food Bank and Goodwill Industries.

Jacquelyn realizes that knowledge and persistence are things that nobody can take away from anyone. In her own words, “Knowledge is the one think that grows exponentially every single day. It is the one thing that defines who you are. Every single thing we learn – every single thing our mind sees and captures – shapes us into the person we want to become. Education is the catalyst of success – the foundation of a triumphant career.”

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