Over the next two weeks, several hundred seniors will receive their diplomas from Atascosa and McMullen County schools. Below are the bios and phots of this year’s valedictorians. The salutatorian photos and bios also follow. The senior class photos, principal’s honor graduates, and personal congratulatory advertisements are included in this section on pages 13-18A.
For individual photos of each graduating senior and business advertisements, please see the special graduation section.
Poteet High School:
Pleasanton High School
Pleasanton High School’s 2018 Valedictorian, Matthew David Elmer, is the son of Edward and Laura Elmer.
Matthew Elmer is the loudest and proudest member of the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Class of 2022.
Matthew is an exceptional young man who balances his extracurricular activities and community service with his academic pursuits.
Matthew served as the Vice President of National Honor Society, the Secretary of Student Council and Parliamentarian of Business Professionals of America. Matthew was Section Leader of the Mighty Eagle Drumline, Captain of the Bi-District Champion Soccer team, and member of the Regional Team Tennis team.
Matthew represented Pleasanton High School as a Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Seminar (HOBY) Ambassador, a Rotary Youth Leadership Assembly (RYLA) Team Leader, a member of the BPA Economic Research Team that placed First at State and competed at the National Leadership Conference, and a delegate to the Annual Student Legislative Session for three consecutive years where he served as Chairman of Energy Committee.
Matthew participated in the Pre-Freshman Engineering Program (PREP), Summer Opportunities for Aerospace Research, and the United States Naval Academy STEM camp.
Matthew completed a rigorous online course through the NASA High School Aerospace Scholars Program during his junior year and had the incredible opportunity to be mentored by astronauts and engineers at Johnson Space Center where he built and piloted a rover, designed and created a tool to be used on the Mars Mission using a 3-D printer and launched rockets.
A highlight of Matthew’s high school career was volunteering on his younger brother Marshall’s Miracle League baseball team. Marshall and Matthew share a love for Miracle League baseball where he helps his little brother bat and round the bases using his gait trainer or by carrying him on his back while listening to his delightful squeals. It has given him the opportunity to see firsthand the love and dedication of the Miracle League community in making the All-American game of baseball accessible to players of all abilities. Matthew is proud of his little brother’s perseverance and determination despite many obstacles.
Additionally, Matthew has helped construct homes with Habitat for Humanity, volunteered at Special Olympics, the American Red Cross Blood Drive, Operation Christmas Child, and served as a Freshman Algebra tutor.
Matthew is a National Merit Scholar, an AP Scholar, a Brown Foundation Scholar and member of the Engineering Honors Program. Matthew will major in Aerospace Engineering at Texas A&M University and plans to be part of the team to transcend the boundaries of human understanding by putting a Man on Mars.
Jourdanton High School
I am Molly Netardus. I am 17 years old, and I am the Valedictorian of the Jourdanton High School graduating class of 2018. I am the daughter of Phillip and Tanya Netardus. My dad and his family have lived in Jourdanton all of their life and grew up here. My mother, on the other hand, grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana and moved here at the age of 18 to attend college at Texas State University, where she met my dad. They married in 1997, and 3 years later, I was born as their first child. I have two younger siblings, Thomas and Annie Netardus. I have grown up in the town of Jourdanton and have always gone to school here, just as my dad had. During my years of high school, I have participated in volleyball and track from my freshman to my junior year. My most prominent extracurricular activity, however, has been the FFA. I have taken part in many contests, including Plant ID, Land Judging, Chapter Conducting, Public Relations, and Livestock Judging, and I have shown goats and, in previous years, rabbits. I have also served the Jourdanton FFA chapter as the chapter reporter during my sophomore year and as the chapter secretary during my junior and senior year. I have taken part in different clubs, such as FCA, the Spanish Club, and the Madi McCleary Kindness Club. Throughout all of my years of school, I have remained on the “All-A Honor Roll.” I have worked hard and have stayed determined and dedicated to earn the Valedictorian position of my graduating class. In the fall of 2018, I will be attending Texas A&M University in College Station. I will be majoring in Public Health and minoring in Allied Health. My dream is to become a pediatric nurse and to work either in a hospital setting or in a local pediatric doctor’s office. I plan to get my bachelor’s degree and hope to also attend Texas A&M’s nursing school.
Poteet High School
Sydni Carrasco is the daughter of Oscar and Terry Carrasco. As the Valedictorian of Poteet’s graduating class of 2018, she has received numerous awards for her superior academic standing. She has also been presented with the scholar award for her achievements being exemplary as well as her self-discipline in preparation and integrity of competition. She is the vice-president of Spanish Club, HOSA, and National Honor Society and is a member of Phi Theta Kappa and the Interact Club. She attends St.Philip Benizi Catholic Church in Poteet and was chosen as a director for the 2018 Teens A.C.T.S. retreat. She volunteers yearly for the Adopt-a-Beach cleanup, Santa Sack, Blue Santa, Toys for Tots, Church festival, Vacation Bible School, and many booths at the Poteet Strawberry Festival. She also volunteers four times a year for her school’s blood drive which last year received recognition for their high number of blood pints donated. Sydni is also involved in athletics at Poteet High School and competed this year in Cross Country, Volleyball, and Tennis. The girls cross country team are this years district champions. The volleyball team is bi-district champs, and Sydni was a regional qualifier for tennis in girls singles. Sydni is attending the University of the Incarnate Word in fall 2018 and plans on majoring in biology to become a cosmetic dentist.
James Matthew Morales
Charlotte High School
James Matthew Morales is an exceptional student who has proven himself in his educational pursuits at Charlotte High School. He has undertaken many challenges and has proven himself a superior scholar and community member. This has earned James Matthew the distinction of being named Charlotte High School’s Valedictorian for 2018.
Matthew is the son of Cynthia and James Morales of Jourdanton.
After graduation Matthew plans on attending the University of Texas at San Antonio and majoring in computer engineering.
Matthew has spent four years playing the saxophone in the Charlotte Mighty Trojan Band. He helped the band earn several awards. He was selected to the National Honor Society where he served as vice president. He participated in UIL Academics as well as the One Act play. Matthew also was a member of the FFA where he served as vice president his senior year. Matthew has also earned honors as an outstanding dual credit student with Palo Alto College.
Matthew serves his community by helping with the Charlotte High School blood drive, the community Easter egg hunt and with the Saint Matthew’s Church picnic in Jourdanton as well.
James Matthew Morales is an outstanding student, who has truly dedicated himself to making the most of his time at Charlotte High School. We are confident that he will continue to move forward on the path of success in all of his endeavors. We congratulate James Matthew Morales on attaining the honor of being named Charlotte High School’s valedictorian of the Class of 2018.
J Charlsie Harris
McMcullen Co. High School
Hi, my name is Charlsie Harris, and I am an 18 year old senior at McMullen County High School and the Valedictorian of the Class of 2018. My parents are Jim and Karen Harris of Poteet. I have a younger brother, Cotton, who is a sophomore and a younger sister, Charity, who is in the eighth grade. My main involvement in extracurricular activities was in the FFA. I am currently the President of the Tilden FFA Chapter, where I also served as Vice President and Sentinel. This year, I was fortunate to also serve as Vice President of the Gateway FFA District. I have participated in numerous Career Development Events, qualifying for State competitions in all of them. I have been blessed to be part of Range Evaluation, Homesite Evaluation, Poultry Evaluation, Ag Advocacy, Agricultural Issues Forum, Radio Broadcasting and Prepared Public Speaking. When I was a sophomore, I was teamed up with two other awesome FFA members on the Radio Broadcasting team. We won 1st place in all levels of competition and won the title of State Champions! In Public Speaking, I have spoken at the San Antonio Livestock Show and the Houston Livestock Show. In 2017, I won the title of Grand Champion Agricultural Public Speaker at the San Antonio Livestock Show and won a $10,000 scholarship! Adding to that, I have been a State Finalist in the FFA Star Awards in Agricultural Placement and also in the Equine Placement Proficiency Award.
My other high school activities would include the National Honor Society, where I served as Treasurer during my junior year. One of my favorite activities was One Act Play. I was part of three great plays with super friends as part of the casts and crews. I was fortunate enough to be named to the All-Star cast several times. During my junior and senior years, our plays advanced to the Regional level. Prose Interpretation was my favorite UIL Academic event. I qualified for Regionals four consecutive times, and this year I am speaking in the State UIL Prose Interpretation contest in Austin. In addition to these things, I enjoyed being part of our JV and Varsity tennis teams for three years.
I will be attending Texas A&M University in the fall, majoring in Animal Science. My hope is to one day become a licensed veterinarian in Texas with an emphasis on the health care of cats.
Pleasanton High School
Preston Tracy, son of Jennifer and Ellis Tracy, is the Pleasanton High School Class of 2018 Salutatorian. Preston has been a student at Pleasanton ISD from first grade to his senior year, and has maintained superior grades throughout this time in school. He challenged himself by taking all advanced courses available and participated in many extracurricular activities while in high school. Preston was a member of the Eagle tennis team, the Mighty Eagle Band, and the National Honor Society. Preston also enjoyed competing in Science UIL, and advanced to the Regional level competition for three years, making first place at the district as an individual scorer, as a team, and as the highest scorer on the Chemistry and Physics sections. Preston also served as an editor for the Big E school news. Preston has always been fascinated with space and desires to improve human understanding of celestial phenomenon through research in the field. He will attend Rice University in Houston to study astrophysics.
Jourdanton High School
Hello there. If you are reading this, then I’m sure you are aware that this is a short biography covering the brief life of a Salutatorian from Jourdanton High School. I’m also willing to bet that you know this Salutatorian’s name is William Reynolds, and that you can hardly contain your excitement to read about his fascinating life. So, enough about you; let’s talk about me, William Reynolds, instead.
As you may already know, I have attended Jourdanton I.S.D for, what will soon be, 13 years. During this time of sublime school lunches and thrilling homework assignments, I have fortunately been raised by the wonderful Chris and Gayla Reynolds. Adding to that, I have one brother, who goes by the name of James ‘Ross’ Reynolds, and is exactly two years and 220 days older than me. With their never-ending support and enthusiasm, I do not think I could ever be thankful enough for the blessings that they are, and provide. Just some of the activities and events that they supported me in, and allowed me to take part in during my high school career include: Band, where I played the well known instrument known as the Baritone/Euphonium, Basketball, where I grew on and off the court exponentially, tennis, which I greatly enjoyed, Cowboy Fellowship Youth, which allowed me to grow in my faith, cross country, which I did not always enjoy, student council, where my leadership abilities grew, and other various clubs/ organizations that I took part in. With that being said, I would also like to thank all of the friends, instructors, and mentors that embraced me and helped me grow as much as I did.
With everything that I learned from Jourdanton High School, I will be traveling to Austin next Fall to attend the University of Texas in Austin with my brother. There, I plan to study computer science, and, eventually, become a computer engineer. Don’t worry though, I’ll try not to have too much fun. Well, it seems that you made it all the way to the end. I hope that you found the thrill that you were looking for when you came to read this, and I thank you for your time.
Poteet High School
Sadie Rae Carrasco was born on December 19, 2000 to Oscar and Terry Carrasco. She now attends Poteet High School as a senior. Sadie participates in Varsity Tennis and Varsity Volleyball where she received the Blood and Guts award for her hard work, dedication to the team, and persistence. Sadie is currently the 2017-2018 NHS president, Spanish club president, HOSA president, and Interact Club Historian of Poteet High School. She received recognition for her leadership abilities and also able to take part in a workshop called the Perry Initiative. She has a big interest in community service and has helped with Toys for Tots, Vacation Bible School, volleyball coaching, children’s liturgy, school blood drives, and the Special Olympics. She attends church at St.Philip Benizi where she and her sister directed the 2018 Teen A.C.T.S. retreat. She is expected to graduate on June 1st of 2018. Sadie is set to attend the University of the Incarnate Word where she was awarded the dean’s scholarship of $44,000, the Phi Theta Kappa scholarship of $2,000 per year, the sibling scholarship of $1250 per semester, and she also received a $40,000 scholarship from Poteet Homes. Sadie plans to major in Biochemistry to reach her goal of becoming an obstetrician and gynecologist.
Monique Alexandria Romo
Charlotte High School
Monique Alexandria Roma’s quest for excellence has produced many accomplishments in her academic and extracurricular pursuits in her years at Charlotte High School. Monique has proven herself to be a superior scholar and community member, earning her the distinction of being named the Charlotte High School Salutatorian of the class of 2018.
Monique is the adopted daughter of Vicenta (Bessie) Romo.
Monique plans on attending Texas A&M Kingsville and studying biomedical science. She has a compassion for helping people, and she would like to help find cures for the many diseases infecting our society.
Monique is a member of the National Honor Society and served as President her senior year. Monique has participated in band, UIL, and one act play. Monique is also in the Saint Rose of Lima Youth ministry.
Monique’s positive efforts and endless drive have allowed her to prepare well for the future. Her passion for learning will help her become successful in all her future endeavors. We congratulate Monique Alexandria Romo for earning the distinction of Charlotte High School Salutatorian for 2018.
McMullen Co. High School
My parents are Jason and Susan Magouirk. I am the sister of two brothers; my older brother Daniel and my younger brother David.
I was born in Dallas, Texas. When I was young, we moved around a bit. We moved to New London, Texas, spent half a year living in Hearne, Texas, and then went back to New London. When I turned 13 we moved to Tilden where I have been living ever since.
I was never in sports or FFA but I was in Academic UIL for four years. I was an alternate to State my freshman and senior year. My sophomore and junior years I competed at State for Feature Writing, News Writing, and Computer Applications. I was also in NHS for two years.
I have also been quite active in the youth group at Tilden Baptist Church. I am a Christian and have been going on mission trips with them since 2013. I have gone to World Changers every summer and I went on a mission trip to Serbia once as well.
I am not sure what career I want to pursue in the future but I hope whatever I do I will do well and be able to make an impact on the world. My dream is to make the world a better place for all the kids who look up to me.