MHS senior Thais Barron named 2018 Coca-Cola Scholar

MHS senior Thais Barron named 2018 Coca-Cola Scholar
Posted on 04/06/2018

McCollum High School senior Thais Barron is one of only 150 high school students across the country to be named a 2018 Coca-Cola Scholar, earning a $20,000 college scholarship.

The program, now in its 30th year, honors young students who have demonstrated a commitment to leadership, service and academics, positively affecting others in the community.

Nearly 140,000 students applied for the scholarship this year. When Thais found out she was one of recipients, she couldn’t believe it.

“I read the email with my mom and dad, and we burst into tears. It was a huge surprise for me and my family,” she said. “I’m grateful to have been given this opportunity to pursue what I want, which is to go to college.”

Thais has excelled in and out of the classroom at McCollum HS. She is a secretary of Girl Scouts Gamma Sigma Girls chapter and a member of the National Honor Society.

“I’m most involved in Gamma Sigma because we go to animal shelters, elderly centers and organize food bank donations,” she explained. “To be able to give back has helped me reflect on what I want to do in the future.”

The senior hopes to attend University of the Incarnate Word and pursue a career in the medical field. She thanks her mom for always encouraging her to follow her dreams.

“My mom has always looked out for me and guided me. She was diagnosed with stage two breast cancer when I was 13 years old, which was during a time my family was struggling financially because my dad had just gotten laid off from work. It was a hard time for my family,” she said. “But I did my best and focused on school. My mom told me, ‘If anything happens, you’re going to move on and strive for yourself.’ She definitely pushed me, and I’m grateful that she’s here now and survived.”

Thais is one of only 11 students from Texas and the only student from San Antonio to be named a Coke Scholar this year. She and the 149 other recipients will also travel to Atlanta on April 19-22 for the annual Coke Scholars Weekend, where they will be celebrated at the 30th annual Scholars Banquet and participate in a leadership development training.

Thais wants to inspire other students who are also first-time college applicants to not give up and find the help they need to go to college.

“Even though we come from a small or poor community, that doesn’t mean we can’t achieve great things. With dedication and hard work, we can get financial help, it’s out here, we just have to look for it,” she said. “That’s how it was for me. I will definitely cherish this opportunity and remember it for the rest of my life.”

Congratulations, Thais!

 

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