PORT NECHES —
The future looks bright for the Port Neches-Groves High School class of 2011.
The top two percent of the class includes an aspiring chemist who plans to work in research and development, a counselor who wants to work with children in a youth ministry setting, the owner of a cereal/juice bar, an ESPN sports commentator, a home designer, a screen play writer and the owner of an accounting firm.
Here’s a look at the graduates:
• Jessica Brown, 18, is at the top of her class with a 4.582 grade point average.
She said she’s always been an extremely determined person and expects the best of herself in all she does. The teen said she set out to be the top of her class when she was in the fourth grade.
“My family has been completely supportive of my goal to be No. 1 and is very proud of all my achievements,” Brown said when asked who or what inspired her to reach her academic success.
English IV is listed as the subject which was the most difficult for Brown because of the work load, however, it was actually her favorite class as well.
Ten years down the road, Brown sees herself owing an accounting firm and having a family, she added.
She lists “Legally Blonde” as her favorite movie “because it illustrates the fact no one should be judged by their looks, but rather their determination and will to succeed.”
Brown is the daughter of Stewart and Kelly Brown.
She is the vice-president of the National Honor Society, class president, Spanish Club historian, four-year student council member and member of TRIBE/Freshman orientation leader.
Her non-school related civic/social involvement includes: Holy Cross Lutheran Church member, Relay For Life participant, Mid-County Madness and Jerry Lewis Telethon.
She plans to attend the University of Texas at Austin and major in accounting/business.
Her hobbies include: Pageants, running, reading, shopping and going to Port Neches-Groves sporting events with her friends.
• Clarissa Cosca, 18, is second in her class with a 4.518 grade point average.
Her parents and grandparents, she said, have been her biggest motivators thus leading to her scholastic success.
“I’ve tried to make them proud through my academic accomplishments,” Cosca said.
English courses have always been the most difficult for Cosca, she added.
Cosca said she’s always wanted to do her best in school.
“Reaching the top my freshman year made me realize I had the capability to compete and since then I’ve tried to stay at the top,” she said.
Her favorite movie is a toss up between “10 things I Hate About You” and “Just Friends.”
“I like both because they are funny, memorable and each have relateable aspects,” she added.
Ten years down the road, Cosca sees herself somewhere up north opening her own cereal/juice bar.
Cosca is the daughter of Fermin and Cecile Cosca.
She is a member of the Key Club, Primetime, National Honor Society, Poetry Society and Technology Task Force.
Her non-school related civic/social involvement includes: St. Elizabeth CYM.
She plans to attend Texas A&M University and major in business administration.
Her hobbies include: Watching movies, eating, reading, blogging, baking, painting, taking walks and playing board games.
• Paige Blount, 17, is third in her class with a 4.5 grade point average.
Blount said her mom and dad have always taught her to try her hardest and to set goals high, allowing her to reach her full potential.
She considers her junior year Advanced Placement U.S. History class as the most difficult course.
“This was my first college level history class and the homework load shocked and discouraged me many times, but my teacher, Mrs. Burkle, made the class worthwhile,” Cosca said.
Blount set out to be the top of her class.
“When I was placed in gifted and talented courses in elementary school I realized I could excel in the classroom and since then I’ve always tried my hardest in school,” she said.
“The Greatest Game Ever Played” is Blount’s favorite movie because “it’s a true underdog story in one of my favorite sports.”
Blount hopes to see herself broadcasting live sports for ESPN 10 years from now, she said.
Blount is the daughter of Johnna Blount and Tim Blount.
She is active in athletics, president of the National Honor Society and the Association of Indian Athletes and senior class vice-president.
Her non-school related civic/social involvement includes: Member of First Baptist Church Youth group.
She plans to attend the University of Texas at Austin and major in business.
Her hobbies include: Volleyball, golf, watching movies with friends, watching sports and shopping.
• Kayli Yentzen, 18, is fourth in her class with a 4.48 grade point average.
She said her mother and father inspired her to reach her academic success yet she didn’t start caring about being at the top of her class until she found out she was actually in it. English courses gave her the most difficulty, she said.
Yentzen considers “Tangled” her favorite movies.
“I’m still a child on the inside,” Yentzen said.
Ten years down the line, Yentzen hopes to see herself designing homes at her own business, she said.
She is the daughter of Tina Hebert and Mark Yentzen.
She is a member of the National Honor Society and played soccer.
Her non-school related activities include: Member of Park Central Youth Group.
She plans to attend Texas A&M University and major in architecture.
Her hobbies are drawing and sleeping.
• Seth Beaugh, 17, tied for the fourth place spot in his class with a 4.48 grade point average.
His mother, he said, inspired him to reach his academic success.
Beaugh, who said math gave him the most difficulty, did not set out to the at the top of his class.
“But once I started, I decided to keep going,” Beaugh said.
He considers “Harry Potter: The Chamber of Secrets” as his favorite movie because “I want to be a wizard,” he joked.
Ten years down the line Beaugh hopes to be writing movies, he said.
He is the son of Stephen and Sandra Beaugh.
He is a section leader in the band and a drum major, participates in University Interscholastic League activities and a member of the National Honor Society.
His non-school related activities include: St. Elizabeth CYM.
He plans to attend the University of Texas in Austin and major in radio-television-film.
His hobbies include writing, reading, walking his dogs, frying shrimp and learning Vietnamese.
• Briana Williams, 18, is ranked fifth in her class with a 4.447 grade point average.
Williams drew her inspiration for academic success from her parents.
“I’ve always been motivated to do my best in everything I do, but my parents have played a huge part in encouraging me and helping me to strive to do my best,” Williams said.
She set out to be at the top of her class and calculus, she said, was the course that gave her the most difficulty.
She touts “A Walk to Remember” as her favorite movie, adding “I love the love story.”
Ten years from now she hopes to see herself married and working in youth ministry.
I’d love to be speaking to kids, teaching them about God and helping them any way I can,” she said.
She is the daughter of Brent and DeLisa Williams.
She is a band member, soccer team member and member of the National Honor Society.
Her non-school related activities include: Member of Altared Youth Ministries, playing piano for the youth worship team, community service outreaches.
Her hobbies include soccer and reading.
She plans to attend Southwestern Assemblies of God University and major in counseling.
• Andrew Todd, 18, is ranked sixth in his class with a 4.446 grade point average.
Todd always wanted to be the best, he said, adding he did not set out to be at the top of his class. English was his most difficult course.
He touts “Robin Hood; Men in Tights” as his favorite movie because “it is hilarious.”
Ten years from now he hopes to see himself doing research and development in chemistry for a university.
He is the son of Ruth Ellen and Donald Todd.
His school related activities include: University Interscholastic League academics and Quizbowl.
His non-school related activities include playing in a rock band and working at McAllister’s in Port Arthur.
His hobbies include longboarding and playing guitar.
Todd plans to attend Cockrell School of Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin and major in chemical engineering.