Top graduates named at Bridge City High School
The 2012 Bridge City High School graduation was held on Friday, May 25 at Larry Ward Stadium.
Valedictorian Bryson James Banks is the son of Damian Banks and Lori and Mike Johnson, the stepbrother of April and Michael Johnson, and the grandson of Lynn and Peggy Banks, and the late, Earline and Leroy Landry. Bryson is graduating first in his class with a 4.91 GPA on a weighted 4.0 scale. He has obtained honors for having the highest individual average in Computer Science 1 and 2, Geometry, Algebra 2, Pre-Calculus, Biology 1, Chemistry 1, Physics, Spanish 1, and Computer Maintenance. He has been on the Academic Honor Roll all throughout high school and has never made below a 92 on a report card.
As a Freshmen, Bryson was chosen as an elected student leader for leadership skills by the People to People Ambassador’s Program and was also awarded with a Scholastic Excellence Honor for academic excellence by the Rotary Club.
As a sophomore, Bryson was chosen by the Kiwanis Club of Orange to partake in their annual citizenship day and honored with an Outstanding Leadership and Academic Award for being an all-rounded citizen. Also during his sophomore year, Bryson was chosen 1 of 100 from a nation-wide applicant pool to attend an engineering camp at the University of Texas at Austin. Appointed Technical Engineer in his project team of seven, he had the opportunity to design, simulate, construct, and launch a model rocket with the assistance of Longhorn professors.
As a Junior, Bryson was chosen to once again represent Bridge City High School by the Rotary Club, at a leadership camp hosted at the Piney Woods Baptist Encampment in Woodlake, Texas, called RYLA
As a Senior, he was named the September Student of the Month in 2011 by the Bridge City Chamber of Commerce.
Bryson is the President of the National Honor Society, Student Body Treasurer of the Student Council, and a member of the Spanish Club, Ping Pong Club, and St. Henry’s Youth Group. Bryson has participated in U.I.L. Academics the last two years, competing in computer science, number sense, calculator, science, and mathematics. During the 2012 district meet, he placed second in number sense and second in mathematics. Bryson has also participated in the Strutter Spring Revue the last two years and can be well remembered as the guy riding the unicycle and juggling. Bryson is a two year member of the baseball team, two year member of the track and field team, and a four year member of the football team. In football, he started on Varsity his Sophomore year receiving 2nd team All-District honors in 2009 and 1st team All-District, All Orange County, and All-KOGT honors in 2010. His senior year in 2011 he was voted by his teammates as a captain of the team, receiving 151 team All-District, All-Orange County, and All-KOGT honors. Bryson was the only player in all of Orange County to be named to the 1st team All-State Academic Team.
Bryson plans to attend the University of Texas at Austin this fall on a Longhorn Engineering Scholarship, and will be pursuing dual-degrees, double majoring in Electrical Engineering and Business Management.
Salutatorian Nicole Grace Encalade is the daughter of Joey and Janet Encalade. She is the sister of the 2009 Bridge City High School Salutatorian, Grant Encalade, and the granddaughter of Len and Gracie Clark and the late Luke and Dean Encalade. Nicole is graduating with a 4.875 GPA on a weighted 4.0 scale. Nicole is a four year member of the Nation Award Winning Bridge City High School Strutters. She served as the Treasurer sophomore year, a Lieutenant junior year, and was the 2011-2012 Strutter Captain her senior year. As a Strutter, she was named Outstanding Performer, All-American Dance Company, All-American Kick Company, National Champion Team Member, National Champion Officer, Academic National Champion, and attended the Texas Dance Educators Association All State Convention. She is the Vice-President of the National Honor Society, a four year member of Student Council and the Senior Class Treasurer, a four year member and officer of En Croix (Fellowship of Christian Dancers), a member of the Spanish Club and the Ping Pong Club.
Along with being chosen by the Rotary Club for Scholastic Excellence, Nicole was the October Student of the Month. She was also chosen as a sophomore to represent Bridge City at the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Summer Convention. Nicole was also a member of both the homecoming court and the Christmas court her freshman year.
Nicole is also a very active member at the Bridge City Church of Christ and has been involved in numerous community services events such as the Church of Christ Disaster Relief, Project GLOW, and blood drives.
Nicole plans to attend Texas A&M University in the fall to pursue a degree in Nutrition. She then would like to advance into medical school and specialize in dermatology -a field she has always had a passion for and is close to her heart.