MHS CTE Students Earn Scholarships

Two recent Career and Technical Education graduates from Midway High School were awarded with scholarships sponsored by Parsons Roofing. At their summer training workshop, Midway CTE educators nominated five deserving seniors, one from each CTE program area.

Chris Harris, representing STEM/Computer Science, and Anya Ocampos, representing Ag Science, each received a $1018 scholarship. 

“I am so excited that we were able to support two CTE students through scholarships that were made possible due to the generous donation from the Parsons Roofing/Sue Parsons Scholarship Fund ($500) combined with remaining district Vocational Scholarship funds ($1536),” Career and Technical Education Director Ashley Canuteson said.

Anya has been an outstanding and extremely active FFA member since she was in seventh grade and has participated in all facets of the organization.  Some of the highlights of her FFA career are winning the state Vet Science CDE and placing top 10 at nationals with her team, advancing to the state level in LDEs and Prepared Public Speaking on numerous occasions, serving as a chapter, district, and area officer, and being selected as a State Nominating Committee member.

Anya plans to attend Texas A&M Corpus Christi to major in marine biology with the intent of attending vet school after graduation. 

In the summer between 5th and 6th grades, Chris developed an interest in making Minecraft mods. This experience led Chris to discover his passion for computers and programming, and this is when he decided that computer science would a part of his future. Chris signed up for the coding class at Midway Middle School and loved every bit of it. He learned Python, Ruby, Javascript, and many other programming related subjects in that year alone.

During high school, Chris took at least one computer science class each year and worked to more deeply develop his skills and realize his dreams. Chris has competed with great success at district, state, and national levels in software engineering and cybersecurity. Chris will further his education by attending Texas Tech University this fall studying Computer Science and hopes to work in either the game development or data science fields.

Congratulations to these well-deserving graduates!