The Bridge City Chamber of Commerce announced the Students of the Month for November at their monthly networking coffee on Nov. 8, at Bridge City State Bank located at 701 W. Roundbunch in Bridge City. Bruce Wright was chosen as the Bridge City Student of the Month and Constance Ingram was chosen as the Orangefield Student of the Month.

Bruce Wright is the son of David and Sharon Wright and is ranked number 24 out of his class of 172 with a grade point average of 4.22 on a 5.0 scale. Bruce’s awards and honors received are First Place winner of the Stark Reading Contest, Rotary Honoree 2009, 2010 and 2011, Communication Applications Award for 2009, Science: IPC Award for 2010, Chemistry Award for 2011, and Math: Geometry Award for 2010. He is a two year All Region Choir Member with a Superior rating in choir Solo and Ensemble. His membership in club’s and organizations include membership in the National Honor Society, Bridge City High School Band, Cardinal Singers and Cardinals for Christ.

Bruce’s community service includes volunteering for the Bridge City-Orangefield Ministerial Alliance, Nehemiah’s Vision mission trip and mission trip to Canada.

Bruce’s choir director, Tina Bernard states, “I have had the honor of teaching Mr. Bruce Wright for four years. He is an outstanding soloist, leader and role model for younger students and peers. Bruce has earned every honor he has set out to earn. He has been a member of the Region 10 Mixed Choir for three years. This year Bruce advanced to the area level and will compete for a spot in the Texas All State Choir. He has received a superior rating at UIL Solo and Ensemble and advanced to Texas State Solo and Ensemble where he also received a superior rating.”

Genevieve Garrison, his Business and Yearbook teacher described Bruce this way, “As my student, Bruce manages his time well while in class and with completing his assignments. He works well with others and understands the significance of a strong work ethic, diligence and academic integrity. He is a very responsible and determined individual. Bruce is an awesome student.”

Bruce’s future plans are to attend Lamar University and pursue a career in physical therapy.

Constance Ingram is the daughter of Amy and David Ingram and is ranked 9 out of 108 with a GPA of 3.80 on the College 4.00 scale (and 4.4000 on the OHS ranking scale). Constance’s club’s and organizations include International Thespian Society (grade 12), National Forensics League (grades 9-12), Library Club Secretary (grade 11) and President (grade 12), Band Member (grades 9-12), Vice President (grade 12), Debate Club Secretary (grades 9-12) and Vice President (11-12), GSA Vice President (grade 12), Current Events and Issues UIL Team Captain (grades 11-12), Spelling and Vocabulary UIL team (grade 10), Captain (grades 11-12), Policy Debate-Varsity Team (grades 11-12), Extemporaneous Speaking UIL (grades 9-10), National Honor Society (grades 11-12), Interact Club Board of Directors Senior Representative (grade 12), Academic Challenge Team (grades 11-12), and UIL Once Act Play (grades 11-12).
Constance’s Awards and Honors are Alumni of UT National Institute of Forensics (grade 10), Degree of Excellence National Forensic League (grade 11), National Honor Society, (grades 11-12), State Qualifier in CX Debate TFA (grade11), State Octafinalist in CX Debate UIL (grade 11), 8th place at State Spelling and Vocabulary UIL (grade 11), Regional Qualifier in Extemporaneous Speaking (grade 10), Regional Qualifier in Current Issues and Events (grade 11), Finalist in District Stark Declamation Contest (grades 9-11), Champion, multiple tournaments, Houston policy debate circuit (grade 11).

Constance’s contribution to Community Service are, teaching policy debate to Freshman (grades 10-12), volunteer at Cormier Museum (grades 11-12), founded an anti-bullying club (grade 12), tutors struggling students (grades 11-12), Mentor, Band Big Sister program (grade 12) and blood donor (grades 11-12).

Lonnie Ferrell, her band director says: “Constance is a great student. She is Vice President of the band and star quad drum player in the marching band. She is an exemplary student who is conscientious in her work and social interactions.”

Fred Cascio, her AP English Literature teacher says, “Constance is one of those rare gems among the rough that one finds very few times in one’s career. She is one of the most astute young people that I have ever had the pleasure to work with. Her innate abilities and her hard work have contributed to her success, and she consistently astounds me with her wide range of knowledge.

Arlene Granger, Constance’s Dual Credit Facilitator says: “I have Constance in my Dual Credit class. I never have to tell her to get busy. She works very hard and is willing to help other students when needed.”

Bridgette Trawhon, Constance’s Debate Sponsor says: “I am honored to be Constance Ingram’s Debate Sponsor…she is one of the most talented young ladies that I have ever taught. She is brilliant, courageous and thoughtful – qualities that make her shine above other teens her age. Constance is a true blessing to Orangefield High School and I know that she will be successful in any endeavor in the future.” “Constance, I am very proud of you.”

Constance plans to attend either Lamar University or UT at Austin to pursue a degree in political science. After completion of her graduate degree, she may attend law school. She plans to use her education to aid at-risk youth and the impoverished.

Both Bruce and Constance received a certificate honoring them for their accomplishments along with gift certificates from Wal-Mart, Tiger Rock Martial Arts of Bridge City, Sabine Federal Credit Union, COS Printing and David Self Ford.