Bridge City Chamber of Commerce announced the Students of the Month for September at their monthly networking coffee on Sept. 13 at COS Printing located at 1600 Texas Avenue in Bridge City.

Bryson Banks was chosen as the Bridge City Student of the Month and Jenna Cook was chosen as the Orangefield Student of the Month.

Bryson Banks is the son of Lori and Mike Johnson and Damian Banks and is ranked first out of his graduating class of 172 with a grade point average of 4.87 on a 5.0 scale. Banks is a member of Executive Student Council, National Honor Society, U.I.L. Computer Science, Mathematics, Number Sense and Calculator, and Spanish Club, St. Henry’s Youth Group, Comcast Cares, and the BCHS Football and Baseball Teams.

His honors include being the People to People Ambassador Program Student Leader, receiving the Rotary Club Award for Academic Excellence, Kiwanis Club of Orange Award for Outstanding Leadership & Academics, Academic Honor Roll, Awards for Highest Average throughout high school in computer Science 1 & 2, as well as in Honors classes: Geometry, Algebra 2, Pre-Calculus, Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Spanish 1 & 2, All-District Offensive Lineman, multiple years, Engineering Camp attendee at University of Texas in Austin and attended RYLA.
Banks has also served his community by helping rebuild Bridge City after Hurricane Ike and volunteering at the American Red Cross. He helped make a garden at the Boys and Girls Club in Houston and participated in Relay for Life. Banks plans on attending a prestigious four-year university to receive a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering before pursuing a Master’s Degree.

He plans to become a distinguished citizen of the community and make a lasting impact in the world of technology.

Jenna Cook is the daughter of Jerry and Suzanne Cook and is ranked second out of 108 students in her graduating class with a Grade Point Average of 4.00 on the college 4.0 scale.

Cook was selected to participate in Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, attended Texas Bluebonnet Girls State, Kiwanis Citizenship Day, Highest Ranking Student (sophomore year) and earned “Big O” Awards in Art 1, Honors World Geography, BCIS2 and Internet Explorer and on U.I.L. Spelling and Vocabulary District Champion Team, placing fifth individually.

Cook currently is President of the National Honor Society, a member of the Art Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Uprising Member, Interact Club, UIL Spelling and Vocabulary and volunteers for Relay for Life and Household Hazardous Waste Day.

Cook plans to attend Lamar University pursuing a degree in Business and a minor in Art. She hopes to go into a career that allows her to express her creativity.

Both Cook and Banks received a certificate honoring them for their accomplishments as well as gift certificates from Wal-Mart, Firestone Community Federal Credit Union, Tiger Rock Martial Arts of Bridge City, Sabine Federal Credit Union, COS Printing and David Self Ford.