2005-2006 Winners

Brandon Runkel, Memphis, Tennessee will be a junior at Southwestern Assemblies of God University in Waxahachie, Texas. His anticipated field of study is pre professional counseling. Brandon has a GPA of 3.75. Brandon is sponsored by Granutech-Saturn Systems Corp.

Brandon is the small group leader in his dorm. He has traveled on an educational trip to Egypt and Israel with other students and his professors. He traveled to Nicaragua on short mission trip. Brandon is a previous recipient of the William A. Bushman Memorial Scholarship.

"I have also developed another passion for nutrition and exercise. Being in college has helped me realize the importance of these tings and how they will have a great effect on one’s life. I would like to educate as many people as I Can about the importance of a healthy lifestyle before they make bad choices about exercise and nutrition. I also have developed an interest in foreign culture and foreign languages. Last summer I traveled to Nicaragua for a short term mission’s trip. This trip, as well as my trip to Egypt and Israel, has helped spark interest. lam also currently working on improving my German that I learned while I was in high school.."

Ana L. Sosa, Galena Park, Texas, will be a sophomore and hopes to be attending the Bauer School of Business at the University of Houston this fall. Her anticipated field of study is Business Management. Ana’s GPA is 3.23. Ana is sponsored by U.S. Zinc.
Ana has received numerous scholastic awards and was on the honor roll her entire high school career. She was awarded the National English Merit Award in 2003 and 2004. Ana is a previous recipient of the William A Bushman Memorial Scholarship.

"I now have the goal of communicating with others in the work force and to motivate people to not give up and look ahead at our future for the best. I’m sure that with my preparation and career I can make a differ ence to have an increase on the capacity to achieve corporate stability and growth to further the goals of an organization. I want to have a roll to play, giving my best to become a productive member of our society, holding high moral ethic, and professional standards to energize the work force. I want to collaborate with other people, improving and enhancing the ability to pursue future growth opportunities."

Cindy Delatorre, Channelview, TX will be a freshman attending the University of Houston. Her anticipated field of study will be Industrial Engineering. Cindy’s GPA is 3.2 and is sponsored by US Zinc.

Cindy has received numerous academic awards and is active in her church. Cindy has received the AP award in government and macroeconomics. She also plays the flute and is in her church orchestra.

"Marcos Delatorre is my daddy, my best friend, and my role model. My dad has been working at US. Zinc Corp.for 23 years and I want to thank God because He gave him a job to work at. I admire my father’s job be cause it has brought out a leader from within him. He used to be really shy and not really express his opinions, but know for the past couple of years he has showed me a way of being that I could be when I get older The impact of my dad’s job has on me is very big because it makes me who lam."

Jonathon Ratliff, LaPlace, La will be a sophomore at Tulane University this fall. His field of study is Architecture. Jonathon’s GPA is 2.75 and he is sponsored by Mississippi River Recycling.

Jonathon has been active in sports and has received many academic awards. Jonathon is listed on the National Honor Roll and with the Who’s Who among American High School Students. Jonathon has been active in his Parish with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes as well. Jonathon has been employed each summer since 2002.

"Leading by example is a big part of my father’s occupation, whether it be recycling objects that otherwise would have been wasted, doing all the right things as a leader at his place of employment, or doing his job the right way as an operations supervisor so that no one gets hurt. He has taught me, through his occupation, to be responsible by leading by example. Someday I would like to run a business that operates in the way my fat er’s employer operates."

Frances Shwarts, Dallas, TX will be a freshman at University of Texas at Austin this fall. Her field of study will be sciences. Frances’ GPA is 3.98 and she is sponsored by Commercial Metals.

Frances has been in the National Honor Society from 2003 to 2005 serving as president from 2004 to 2005. She has been a class officer for much of her high school career. She has been active is sports receiving a gold metal in 2002 for the Octath lon. Frances has been very dedicated in her work in synagogue. She has raised money for charities and planned retreats for younger children. Frances has worked as an aide to a doctor, a lifeguard, camp counselor and led services for 0-5 year olds. She has also found time to volunteer for several community services.

"My father (who works for Commercial Metals) has been extremely passionate about the business and that is what I admire most, He loves his job and that has inspired me to find something I love and would enjoy talking about all day and then come home and still be interested in it. I began to be more active in my youth groups, taking leadership roles, and I knew I had found something I enjoyed. Every weekend, I participated in my different organizations and enjoyed every second of the weekend and then thought and talked about next weekend’s plans throughout the week, I know that my involvement and leadership roles in my youth group stemmed from the desire to find something I truly did care about. My goals have changed since I was little. I had just wanted to make a lot of money, like most kids, but after I saw how much my father was interested in his work, I knew I wanted to be that involved when I was older. I admire my dad’s passion for his work in the scrap business."

Nicole Porter, Springfield, Missouri will be a freshman attending the University of Tulsa this fall. Her field of study will be biology to qualify for pre med. Nicole wishes to become a pediatrician. Nicole’s GPA is 5.0, she was number 1 in a class of 256, and she is sponsored by Commercial Metals.

Nicole is involved in many activities. She was active in band, choir, theater, track, student council, national honor society, and cheerleading. Nicole has volunteered for several programs at St. John’s Hospital, mission trips, and youth election activities. She was the valedictorian of her class and received awards for Music, history, social studies, 1 place in the Pittsburgh State University Science Bowl, the John Philips Sousa Award and is an International Baccalaureate Diploma candidate.

"Commercial Metals Company has also participated in community outreach events such as Earth Day at the Discovery Center of Springfield and Habitat for Humanity Such events were opportunities for education of local adults and children as well as an opportunity to provide donations for service organizations. The company has also helped with local art projects. In fact my father has been directly involved with numerous artists who use scrap metal for sculptures, some of which can be seen on the campus of Southwest Missouri Sate University."
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