The New Braunfels ISD Board of Trustees recognized Pooja Patel and Lance Beeghley as its Students of the Month during a regular monthly meeting that was held on Monday, April 8.

The students were introduced to trustees and those in attendance by New Braunfels High School Principal Greg Hughes.

Pooja Patel’s outstanding achievements both in and out of the classroom have distinguished her as a leader among her peers. She has attended NBHS for all four years of high school.

Throughout her high school career, Pooja has earned recognition as an AP Scholar with Distinction, and she has consistently ranked in the top 5% of her class. She has been an active member of the Student Council for three years. Additionally, her role as the vice president of HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) during her senior year has provided her with experience in organizing two successful blood drives, fundraisers, and volunteer opportunities.

During high school, Pooja has also been involved in the National Honor Society, New Braunfels Youth Leadership Program, and her volunteer work with the food bank and as a tutor for younger, first-generation students.

Beyond academics and extracurriculars, Pooja has also dedicated her time to gaining valuable experience in the healthcare field. She has volunteered and shadowed healthcare workers at Christus Santa Rosa Hospital’s pre/post-surgical unit. In addition to school and out-of-school experiences, she also works as a hostess at Huisache Grill.

“I plan on attending the University of Michigan on a full ride to pursue a major in Cellular and Molecular Biomedical Science on the pre-med track and minor in biochemistry,” she said.

Pooja is the daughter of Bindiya and Rakesh Patel.

Lance Beeghley has also been a student at NBHS for all four years of high school and has been exceptional in the classroom, community and in athletics.

Throughout his time at NBHS, Lance has been a member of the National Honor Society and he has contributed to the community by being involved in the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, in which he participated in a two-person fundraising team.

Lance’s Fundraising efforts were recognized with the “Student of the Year” award, after assisting to raise $86,000 for the cause. He also applied and was selected and honored with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Citizenship Award for the fundraiser.

He has also served as a mentor for various sports programs including flag football, as well as organizing a youth basketball clinic for 60 young athletes.

Lance’s name will also be in the history books for Unicorn athletics. As a standout player in football, basketball, and track, his achievements include being the all-time leader in receiving touchdowns and yards in varsity football, as well as numerous accolades in basketball, such as District 27-6A MVP and Academic All-State. He also was an all-area basketball selection and played in the San Antonio Sports All Star game, and he was the fourth basketball player in Unicorn history to surpass the 1,000 point mark.

Lance has also been an active member at Saints Peter and Paul Church. He has received a green cord for his volunteer hour during high school. Additionally, he has achieved the status of cum laude for being in the top 5% of the New Braunfels High School Class of 2024.

After high school graduation, Lance will heading to Dallas where he will attend Southern Methodist University. At SMU, he will attend the Cox School of Business and continue his football playing career.

He is the son of Joey and Kristen Miller.