The Brewer Ex-student Association awarded two scholarships to graduating seniors Monday night at the Brewer High School Honors Night ceremony. The $500 scholarship was made possible by the classes of 1981 and 1982, in commemoration of their 30th anniversary of their graduations. It was presented to Preston Wortham. The $1000 scholarship, awarded to Kristen Annis, was given in honor of three distinguished Brewer ex-students: Raymond Forsythe, Class of 1966, Danny Daniels, Class of 1966, and Dr. Lowell Vereen, Class of 1972.
Kristen has attended the WSISD all her life and is a member of the National Honor Society. She is the youngest of three children. She is now employed at Chili’s Restaurant but after graduation plans to attend Tarrant County College and then move on to the University of North Texas. After graduating from college, Kristen plans to become a second grade teacher because she says she has always had a passion for kids. Kristen said her teachers, particularly her English teacher, Ms. Ramon, have been a huge influence in her decision to go to college and become a teacher herself. “[Being a teacher] has always been my dream,” Kristen said on her scholarship application. “I want to have a career, not just a job, and college will get me there.” Kristen plans to give back to this community by inspiring kids to greatness in the classroom, just as her teachers inspired and motivated her.
Preston has also attended the WSISD for his entire life. During high school he has participated in tennis, PALS, being a pep rally DJ and is a member of National Honor Society. He is currently employed at Albertson’s and is the second of two children. After graduation, Preston plans to attend Tarleton State University to pursue a degree in the IT field and work with computers. “I want to work hard in college,” Preston said,” so I can get an education and then a well-paying job.” Preston said there have been many in the community who have inspired him and challenged him to become his best, including his first and second grade teacher, Mrs. Griffin, who recently congratulated him on his acceptance into Tarleton State. He said his elementary school principal, Mr. Molinar, whom he still talks to whenever he has the chance, has also been a positive influence in his life. Preston said his mom, dad and brother have been constants in his life and have always been an encouragement to him. Preston plans to give back to his community by donating to a scholarship fund each year, once he is out in the work force and doing well.
The Exes’ Association has a long history of giving back to the students of Brewer High School. The group encourages all former students of Brewer High School to consider becoming a member of the Exes’ Association during Homecoming week. Yearly dues are $10, and go directly into the scholarship fund.