Kate Ray and Sebastian Garcia were recognized as the December Board of Trustees Students of the Month.
NBHS Principal Greg Hughes introduced the seniors to trustees, Dr. Laurelyn Arterbury and those who were in attendance.
Kate Ray has attended NBHS for all four years of high school. She currently is ranked No. 1 in the class of 2024. As a high school student-athlete, Ray is a 3-year letter winner on the varsity soccer team, earning academic all-district honors in her sophomore and junior seasons when her team also won the district championship.
Additionally, she is a member of the National Honor Society, NBHS Student Council and she serves as a member of the Student Health Advisory Committee. Ray has been named an AP Scholar with Distinction twice. She also is a proud Unicorn Handler.
Outside of school, she plays on the Classics Elite Club Soccer team and volunteers at Connection Individual and Family Services, Pink Warrior Advocates and the McKenna Children’s Museum.
Her future plans include attending the University of Texas at Austin where she plans on majoring in neuroscience. She also is awaiting acceptance into the Dean’s Scholars Honors Program. Ultimately, Ray said that she would like to pursue a career in the medical field as a neurosurgeon or psychopharmacologist.
“Although demanding different paths beyond my bachelor degree, both careers provide
the opportunity to explore my passion for innovation in mental health and the brain while simultaneously serving to better the lives of others,” Ray said.
She is the daughter of Dan and Kristin Ray.
Sebastian Garcia has also attended NBHS for all four years of high school. He has a long list of achievements that include being in the National Honor Society, an AP National Hispanic Recognition recipient, AP Scholar with Distinction and as a part of the Boy Scouts of America National Youth Leadership Training program.
Currently, Garcia is in the top 10 percent of his class and serves on the MCJROTC Drill Team. Additionally, he has competed in the UIL Academic Competitions and has made the regional spelling bee three times. He also serves on the Model United Nations, Boy Scouts of America, American Legion Texas Boys State and he has volunteered at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church.
Garcia also has more than 170 hours of community service hours for organizations across New Braunfels.
He has held leadership positions throughout high school including being the swim team captain, Battalion Commander of the MCJROTC Program, Drill team Commanders, secretary in Model United Nations and Company Commander for and Drill Team member for the NBHS MCJROTC program. Garcia also has been Crew President for Crew 163, Senior Patrol Leader for Troop 163 and he has held four other leadership positions for Troop 163.
Garcia will be commissioning into the United State Marine Corps through the United States Naval Academy ROTC Program at a Senior Military College.
He is the son of Jose and Celina Garcia.