The Bridge City Chamber of Commerce announced the Students of the Month for May at their Networking Coffee on May 12 hosted by Achtwoo Pool & Spas.

Student of the Month for Orangefield High School is Victor Vuong and Bridge City High School Student of the Month is Ariel Scogin.

Ariel Scogin  was chosen as BCHS student of the Month for May.

Ariel Scogin was chosen as BCHS student of the Month for May.

  Bridge City High School Student of the Month Ariel Scogin is the daughter of Bryan and Iris Scogin.  Ariel has a GPA of 4.64 and is ranked 4th out of 183. Ariel’s awards and honors include:  Texas Music Scholar for three years, Cardinal Singer of the Year for three years, All Region Choir Member for four years and All district Honorable Mention in Soccer.

Ariel’s Clubs and Organizations include:  National Honor Society, Cardinal Singers, Meet in the Middle, Book Club, Student Council, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Varsity Soccer – three years.  In community service, Ariel has volunteered at youth retreat and vacation bible school for Mauriceville Church of Christ, read to Bridge City Elementary students and tutors.

Diane Grooters, LEAP English Teacher, said “Ariel participates in whatever Bridge City has to offer. She was one of the charter members of our Bridge City High School Book Club and spearheaded service projects for both school and community. In class she is insightful and dedicated. She most recently competed in Stark Reading, One-Act Play and is preparing as part of Spring Review. Ariel is modest and unassuming—however, her achievements speak for her.”

Hillary Howerton, Choir Director, said “Ariel is an amazing person inside and out! She always strives to do and be her best in everything she does and is a great role model to others!”

Faye Parish. Secondary Math Teacher, said “Ariel is a wonderful young lady. She is a very diligent student and makes excellent grades. In college algebra, she is always ready to help a fellow student understand. She has beautiful manners and is a joy to have in class.”

After graduation, Ariel will attend San Houston State University and obtain a degree in Music Therapy.


Orangefield High School’s student of the month is Victor Vuong.

  Orangefield High School Student of the Month is the son of Joann Luong. Victor is ranked 9th out of 138 with a 4.0 GPA. Victor’s clubs and organizations include: Vice President of Art Club, Interact Club, Library Club, National Honor Society, President of the Texas Association of Future Educators, Historian of Thespian Troupe, Student Council, and Class Officer-secretary. Victor’s awards and honors:  State qualifier in UIL Accounting, regional qualifier in UIL Calculator Applications, regional qualifier in UIL One Act Play, and participant in UIL Number Sense; Best in Show at the Houston Rodeo Art Contest, and three previous years was a blue ribbon winner; Won Law Day Art Contest 3rd place and honorable mention; Junior Prom Court and Regional Convention Speaker for TAFE.  Victor’s Community service includes:  volunteering at Shangri La Botanical Gardens, the public library and many school-related events.

Fred Cascio, AP English 4 teacher, says, “Victor is a conscientious student.  He is a welcome addition to any class setting, and I am pleased to have had him as my student for three years.”

Misty Bellard, UIL coordinator and technology department chair, says, “It has been a joy to watch Victor Vuong grow into the mature, hardworking, involved young man he is today. I first knew Victor as a member of the One Act Play crew his freshman year. I then had the pleasure of getting to know him through his involvement in other UIL Academic contests. His efforts have paid off nicely, and he will once again be traveling to the Regional level competition in multiple events. Finally this year, I have him as a student in my BIM 2 class. He is the kind of student teachers love to have in their classes.”

Jennifer Rumsey, English Department chair, says, “Victor Vuong is an extremely intelligent, creative young man with a charming personality. I enjoyed teaching Victor in my AP English III class. He’s a natural leader and a fantastic student. I know Victor has a successful future ahead of him.”

After graduation, Victor will attend Lamar University and major in electrical engineering with a focus on alternative energy sources. He aspires to discover a new renewable energy source or improve current renewable energy harnessing technologies—specifically solar cells.

Both students of the month received gift certificates and gifts from:  The Classy Peacock, Walmart, Wellspring Credit Union, Tiger Rock Martial Arts, Central Office Supply, Sabine Federal Credit Union, Michele Michelle Salon and Spa, Little Caesars Bridge City, Texas Gumbo Hut and Grill, Five Point Credit Union, and Serendipity Chicks.