The Bridge City Chamber of Commerce announced the Students of the Month for October at their monthly networking coffee on October 11th at Five Point Credit Union, located at 715 Texas Avenue #A in Bridge City. Nicole Encalade was chosen as the Bridge City Student of the Month and Jake Best was chosen as the Orangefield Student of the Month.

Nicole Encalade is the daughter of Joey and Janet Encalade and is ranked number two out of her class of 172 with a grade point average of 4.85 on a 5.0 scale. Miss Encalade, a Bridge City Strutter since 2008, is currently the Captain of the Drill Team and has also held the position of Lieutenant and Treasurer. She has received numerous awards such as Outstanding Performer, All-American Dance Company, All American Kick Company, All American Academic National Champion, National Champion Team Member, National Champion Officer and Director’s Award.
Since 2008 she has been a member of the Student Council, serving as the current Senior Class Treasurer and was the Freshman Representative from 2008-2009.

She is a member of En Croix (Fellowship of Christian Dancers), Guest Coordinator from 2009-2012, Student Council Representative, Spanish Club and Ping Pong Club for 2011-2012. Her honors and awards include the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Summer Program (HOBY) Participant, Outstanding Leadership and Academics award from the Kiwanis Club or Orange, American Dance/Drill Team Dance Officer Leadership Camp, Texas Dance Educators Association All State Recipient, and Camp Dermadillo Counselor Invite. Her AP and Honors Courses Studied are English I, II, III, IV, Geometry, Algebra II, Pre-Calculus, Calculus; Biology 1, Chemistry, Physics, Biology II, Computer Science, World Geography, World History, United States History, and Spanish III.

Her College Preparation Courses include Economics and Government. She is a National Honor Society 2010 through 2012 member and is the current Vice President.

Nicole has received the Presidential Award for the years 2008 through 2012, Principal’s Honor Roll All A’s for 2008 through 2012, UIL Math Team 2011-2012, Homecoming Court and Christmas Court.

In addition Nicole’s Community Service has included Church of Christ Disaster Relief – aide in clean up and rebuilding after natural disasters, Project G.L.O.W. (Go Light Our World) – inspirational religious program to raise money for the needy, Adopt a Family – gave gifts and food for the needy families around the holidays, Canned Food Drive – collected food for the needy, Blood Drive – organized paperwork and donated blood, Catholic Charities Soup Kitchen (Port Arthur) – served lunch to homeless; Decorated bags for children around the holidays, Relay for Life – participated in relay and raised funds for American Cancer Society, and the Summer Library Reading Program – participated in Awards Program.

Nicole has received many accolades from her teachers at Bridge City High School regarding her leadership, integrity, academic and athletic abilities. She is truly a role model for other students.

Nicole’s future plans include attending Texas A&M University in the fall of 2012 to become a dermatologist and specialize in stains and birthmarks.

Jake Best is the son of Trey and Brenda Best and is ranked eight out of 108 with a GPA of 4.00 on the College 4.00 scale (4.4072 on OHS ranking scale).

Jake’s organizations include membership in the National Honor Society for 2011-2012, Fellowship of Christian Athletes Member 2011-2012, Varsity Baseball and Basketball for grades 10-12 and Varsity Tract for grades nine through 11. He is a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and an officer for his junior and senior year.

Jake’ awards and honors include being selected to represent Orangefield High School at the Kiwanis Citizenship Day as a sophomore, the faculty selected him to attend the Youth Leadership of Southeast Conference, Honorable mention Defensive Line his sophomore year, Named All-District Defensive Line his junior year, Honorable Mention Offensive Line his junior year, All-District pick for Outfield his junior year and Regional Track Qualifier his junior year for the 400 meter.

Jake’s community service includes teaching Vacation Bible School at his church, volunteer worker at the Special Olympics his junior and senior year and fundraising his junior year for Relay for Life.

Jake is described by his teachers as conscientious, respectful and a positive motivator to others. He is a goal oriented person and strives for the best to achieve his goals.

Jake’s future plans include attending Sam Houston State University and one day he hopes to become a U.S. Marshall.

Both Nicole and Jake 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.