The Bridge City Chamber of Commerce announced the Students of the Month for January at their monthly networking coffee held Jan. 10 hosted by Orangefield High School at the Orangefield Cormier Museum located on Farm Road 105 in Orangefield. Matthew Menard was chosen as the Bridge City Student of the Month and Alexandra “Allie” Sherwood was chosen as the Student of the Month for Orangefield.

Matthew Menard is the son of Glen and Jan Menard and is ranked number six out of his class of 172 with a grade point average of 4.6738 on a 5.0 scale. Matthew’s awards and honors include: Honors classes in all subjects 2008-present; Principal’s Honor Roll 2008-present; Outstanding Leadership and Academic Achievement Award given by the Kiwanis Club; Orange – Citizenship Day 2009; attended HOBY Leadership Conference (sophomore year); attended RYLA Leadership Conference (junior and senior year); and Academic All-District Award (football, baseball and track) 2008 to present. Matthew’s numerous awards in football include: 
• 2008 21-3A All District New Comer of the Year
• 2008 All Orange County New Comer of the Year
• 2008 All KOGT radio (Orange County)  New Comer of the Year
• 2009 21-3A All-District 1st Team Running back
• 2009 All Orange County 1st Team Running back
• 38th Annual Port Arthur News Super Team –Utility Player
• 2009 All KOGT radio (Orange County) MVP
• 2010 21-3A All-District Offensive MVP
• 2010 All Orange County Offensive MVP
• 39th Annual Port Arthur News Super Team – QB
• 2010 Beaumont Enterprise Super Gold Team 2nd Team Utility Player
• 2010 All KOGT radio (Orange County) Offensive MVP
• 2010 Bridge City High School Most Outstanding Offensive Player
• KBMT 12 Athlete of the Week
• KBMT 12 Star Student of the Week
• 2011 21-3A District MVP
• 2011 2nd Team Academic All State
• 2011 All KOGT radio (Orange County) Offensive MVP
• 2011 All Orange County (Orange Leader) Leader of the Year Award
• 2011 All Orange County (Penny Record) Offensive MVP
• 2011 Beaumont Enterprise Super Gold Team 2nd Team QB
• 40th Annual Port Arthur News Super Team – Utility Player (only 3 year member of  this year’s Super Team)

Matthew’s awards in Baseball include:
• 2009 21-3A All-District 2nd Team DH (Freshman)
• 2010  21-3A All-District Defensive MVP
• 2010 All Orange County Defensive MVP
• 2010 All KOGT radio (Orange County) Defensive MVP
• 2011 21-3A All-District Offensive MVP
• 2011 All Orange County Offensive MVP
• 2011All KOGT radio (Orange County) Offensive MVP

Matthew’s clubs and organizations are: National Honor Society, BCHS Student Council, Two year Captain of the Football Team, St. Henry Catholic Youth Ministry 2008-present, Eucharistic Minister for Catholic Church 2010-present and Southeast Texas Sun Devils Baseball Team 2008-present.
He is active with community service where he volunteered for the Salvation Army during the Christmas Season with his Youth Ministry Group at St. Henry’s Catholic Church. He also assisted with Challenge League Baseball at the Bridge City Little League and worked with the cleanup through Hurricane’s Rita and Ike.

“Matthew Menard is a student in which Bridge City ISD can be proud”, says Cheryl Royal, Director of Student Activities. “He not only excels on the playing field and in the classroom, he also excels in his ability to be a student with strong moral character and one who leads by example. Matthew is also very disciplined, hardworking, responsible and certainly more mature beyond his years. These more serious characteristics certainly do not diminish the fact that Matthew is just a very polite, kind, courteous and sometimes goofy guy. He is sure to try and brighten your day if he senses you might need a “pick me up.”  Matthew Menard being chosen as Student of the Month is an honor that he earned but moreover deserves.”
Athletic Director and Head Football Coach, Cris Stump states “Matt is an outstanding student, outstanding athlete and an outstanding person. I have an eight year old son and when he gets to be a senior in high school, I hope he turns out like Matt Menard”.
Matthew’s future plans are to pursue an engineering degree while playing baseball for Baylor University.

Alexandra “Allie” Sherwood is the granddaughter of Pat and Chuck Sherwood and is ranked 10 out of 108 with a GPA of 3.86 on the college 4.00 scale, and a 4.32 on the Orangefield High ranking scale.
Allie’s awards and honors include 2nd team All District Volleyball Team (12th), 2nd Team All State Academic Volleyball (12th), Regional qualifier for UIL Current Issues and Events (11th), published First Account newsletter for the Episcopal Diocese of Texas (12th) and highest honors for All-A average honor roll all four years of high school.
Allie’s clubs and organizations are:
• FCA President (11th and 12th)
• Uprising Officer (11th and 12th)
• NHS Member (10th, 11th, 12th)
• Library Club Office (11th and 12th)
• Interact Member (12th)
• Class Officer (12th)
• Student Council Member (12th)
• UIL Current Issues and Events Team (11th and 12th)
• Her senior year, she was the “devotional leader” who delivered the student-led prayers at the OHS home football games
• Played Varsity Basketball (10th and 11th)
• Played Varsity Volleyball (10th, 11th, and 12th)
• Has participated in track all four years of high school

Her Community service work entailed participated in the Blue Santa Christmas her 11th and 12th grade year; worked at Camp Allen Summer Camp grades 9, 10 and 11; worked at Camp Good News, grade 11; participated in Angel Tree Christmas party grade 12; worked as an election clerk grades 10, 11 and 12; and volunteered at the Meadows Nursing Home grades 10, 11 and 12.
Allie’s Web Tech teacher says: “I have taught Allie Sherwood for two years in advanced computer classes where she completes all assignments promptly, usually ahead of schedule, and maintains an “A” average. She is very conscientious, respectful, polite, and courteous to her fellow classmates. She is a wonderful peer model and example in and out of the classroom. If she is going to be out for a sporting event, she always asks for her assignments she will miss in advance and comes into the computer lab before or after school even if she has down time in another class to complete her projects.”
Her economics teacher, Veronica Johnson states: “Allie is a great student and very active in extra-curricular activities. She is a member of the volleyball, basketball, and track varsity teams and serves as an officer in both the Library Club and the Student Government. Allie is also a member of Junior Achievement for Exploring Economics and serves as the Student Election Clerk for the Orange County elections. Besides being active and involved in extra-curricular activities at school, Allie is very involved with her church.”
“Allie is a delight to have in class. She is always cheerful and works hard at anything she does,” says Arlene Granger, her Dual Credit Government Facilitator.
Penny May, the OHS Science Department Head says, “I have Allie Sherwood in my Honors Physics class, and I have enjoyed her in my class for several reasons:  She has an extremely positive attitude about my subject as well as other things she is involved in. She works hard at her Physics material. She works well with her peers. I have her in lab and I see how she relates to other students. She uses this skill in science, sports, and life in general. Allie is a very positive, well rounded student who sets goals and works hard to achieve them. She is definitely worthy of being honored as Student of the Month. I wish more of my students were like her!”
Allie’s future plans are to attend Texas A & M to pursue a career in neo-natal nursing, and to later attend medical school to become an OB/GYN. She plans to use her medical training in other countries in mission work.
Matthew and Allie received a certificate honoring them for their accomplishments along with gift certificates from Wal-Mart, Firestone Credit Union, Tiger Rock Martial Arts of Bridge City, Sabine Federal Credit Union, COS Printing and David Self Ford.

Pictured left to right: Jan Menard, Bridge City Student of the Month

Matt Menard, Bridge City Chamber Ambassador Ethel Marchand,

Superintendent Mike King,  and Principal Richard Briggs.


Pictureed left to right: Pat and Chuck Sherwood, Orangefield Student of

the Month Allie Sherwood, Superintendent Philip Welch, Principal Shaun

McAlpin, Bridge City Chamber Ambassador Linda Gault, and Counselor

Theresa Wilson