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Tristan Aguirre

Tristan is an alumnus from the Class of 2013. While at St John Bosco, he always strived to do his best, consistently setting and meeting his goals. His ultimate goal was to graduate at the top of his class. Although it took many years of hard work and dedication to his studies, Tristan eventually graduated as the Valedictorian of his class. Due to Tristan’s high grades and exceptional behavior, he was always offered to take classes above his level. While taking Pre-Algebra in 6th grade, he was recommended to move up to Algebra I instead, when he truly discovered his passion for Mathematics.

His love for competing academically began in 1st grade, when he won his first spelling bee. It quickly excelled from there, competing in PSIA for seven years, and qualifying for State PSIA for six of those. He earned a PSIA state medal in Calculator Applications his 8th grade year. He competed at Math Counts, placing in the top 20, which is the highest placement ever for an SJB student. At the Central Catholic Quiz Bowl, where he also earned several first place awards, Tristan helped St John Bosco qualify for the final “quiz bowl”, which was the first time for SJB. Out of all the schools participating, SJB came out 3rd overall. Tristan participated in the UTSA Pre-Engineering Program for two years, where he achieved Outstanding Honors for scoring above a 98% in his classes both years. Athletically, Tristan participated in basketball, football, and baseball. He was captain of both the varsity basketball and football teams. He was Athletic representative for Student Government in 6th grade, and he was a member of the National Junior Honor Society, serving as President his 8th grade year.

Tristan is currently a senior at Central Catholic High School. His academic success has continued as he was awarded a $3,000.00 scholarship for placing above the 90th percentile of the High School Placement Test. During his freshman year, Tristan was one of the most dependable shadow leaders, captain of the freshman basketball team, and the only freshman on the Academic Team as his dedication for competing academically persisted. Throughout high school, he has consistently placed at local meets in the areas of math, earning several trophies and medals. He has been chosen for the State Academic team for the past three years, and placed 3rd in Calculator Applications his Junior year. Because of his outstanding GPA and citizenship, Tristan was selected to be a member of the National Honor Society last year. For scoring in the top 1% on the PSAT, Tristan was named as a member of the National Hispanic Recognition Program. He has received certificates from the Mathematical Association of America for his exceptional performance on the American Mathematics Competition. He has also earned two bronze medals for his scores on the National Spanish Exam. Throughout his four years, he has taken honors, AP, and Dual Credit Classes through St Mary’s University, where he has already earned several college hours. Given that he was able to test out of Algebra I and was allowed to take Geometry the summer prior to his freshman year, Tristan will graduate with seven math credits; he is currently taking two math classes, and is the only student enrolled in AP Calculus BC, which is an advanced exploration of Calculus.

As far as extracurricular activities, Tristan is a member of the Central Catholic Button Band, where he is Captain of the Drumline. He participates in the Big Brother Program, where he serves as a “big brother” to Diego Valle and Marco Hernandez, both SJB alumni from the Class of 2016. Tristan is currently ranked 7th in his class with a 4.38 GPA. After graduation, Tristan plans to continue his studies at a 4-year university and major in Mathematics and Computer Science.

 


 

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Miranda Ellen Herrera

Class of ’08, is a stellar alumnus of St. John Bosco School. Miranda excelled academically, graduating the highest in her class.  She consistently surpassed the requirements in each of her subjects over the ten years she was a student at St. John Bosco School and also dominated the co-curricular arena as well:-Marian Club (Marian Sodality)-National Junior Honor Society-Student Government for three years. Secretary her seventh grade year and as Student Body President her eighth grade year-Athletic Club-Volleyball Captain-Three years of outstanding Participant in the UTSA Pre-freshman Engineering Program of San Antonio, Texas (PREP)-Counselor of St. John Bosco School Summer Day Camp Program for two years and Assistant Director for one year Upon her graduation from St. John Bosco in May 2008, Miranda attended Antonian College Preparatory High School where she again excelled academically, graduating  Co-Valedictorian of the Class of 2012. She participated in the following after school clubs and student government leadership positions during her four years at Antonian:-Matthew’s Closet – visited and tutored children at various shelters and raised money to give them gifts on the holidays-Student Council – Class Secretary Sophomore Year and Class President Junior Year-Latin Club – Tribune her junior year and Co-Consul her senior year. Perfect score on the National Latin Exam in her Junior Year-National Honors Society-Mu Alpha Theta Math Honors Society-Latin Honors Society-TAPPS Academic Competition-Summer Camp Counselor at SJB (summer 2010)-Summer Camp co-director/ head counselor at SJB (summer 2011)-Organized SJB Class of 2008 reunion (summer 2012) Miranda applied and was early selected to attend the University of Notre Dame as a member of the Class of 2016. During her short tenure at Notre Dame, she has participated in many extracurricular opportunities offered the student body:-Freshman and Sophomore Class Council-Member of Society of Women Engineers-FIDES small group leader – faith sharing and freshman mentoring group-Appalachia seminar-service trip over spring break to West Virginia-Texas Club-Lector at dorm mass-Cavanaugh Hall Fundraising and Apparel Commissioner-Big Sister in Cavanaugh Hall – mentor to freshman in dorm-Environmental service project – helped construct a rain garden for an elementary school in Chicago’s Chinatown-Member of the St. John Bosco Alumni Association. Miranda is hoping to study abroad in Rome, Italy and participate in the GREEN program in Costa Rica in the summer 2013. She is pursuing a degree in Environmental Engineering and a minor in Theology. A fine, Catholic education at Notre Dame will help Miranda achieve the high goals she has set for herself and prepare this young woman who has the potential of making a significant contribution to her Church and Country. We pray that Notre Dame will become the important structure of Miranda’s education and faith formation, giving her the tools to reach her potential and deepest desire of using her gifts to serve family, community, Church and country in the way that God is calling her to do and return to St. John Bosco and share her story with future leaders from St. John Bosco.


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Yvonne Gallardo (Ehrlich)

Class of ’76, has truly been in the spotlight!  Her life dramatically changed in 2009 after she succeeded with her own weight loss program.  Her story was featured in Good Housekeeping magazine in August 2012 and she appeared on the San Antonio Living show that same month.  In addition, her story was recently highlighted in the SA Express News Life section on New Year’s Day 2013.  She has begun a second career as a talent with appearances in numerous television commercials….Whataburger, Church’s, Jimmy John’s to name a few.  The phone has not stopped ringing for Yvonne.  When Yvonne, is not in front of a camera, she is hard at work as an Executive Assistant for NuStar Energy and spending time with her beautiful granddaughter Delia.  She is an inspiration to all women who are thinking about a second career later in life.  Yvonne is now serving as Vice-President of the St. John Bosco Alumni Association of San Antonio.  We welcome Yvonne back to St. John Bosco and look forward to her presenting her life story to our school in the near future!