Academic and Extracurricular Achievements


Preston - Valedictorian, class of 2011 at MCH's University of Texas Charter School
Amanda - Salutatorian, class of 2011 at MCH's University of Texas Charter School
Samrawit - Earned Third-Place Medal in the Waco Striders Club Annual Cross Country Trail Run
Christian - Selected to Play in the FCA Super Centex Victory Bowl
Essence - National Merit Scholar and Essay Contest Winner
Denzel - TCAL Football All-Star

Preston Duke - Valedictorian, MCH University of Texas on-campus charter school

Preston - Methodist Children's Home

Mentors: Kwesi and Tania Williams
Plans after high school: Preston plans to begin his education at McLennan Community College in Waco and later transfer to the University of Texas at Arlington to pursue his goal of becoming a pediatrician.
Activities, organizations:
Preston was a member of the six-man football team, he ran cross country and track, and he was a recreation assistant at the Boys Ranch. Preston was also involved in UIL current events and welding through FFA.
Achievements: UIL academics, Methodist Children’s Home scholarship


Amanda Drumheller - Salutatorian, MCH University of Texas on-campus charter school

Amanda - Methodist Children's HomePlans after high school: Amanda plans to attend McLennan Community College to study social work. She would eventually like to work on the Pine Ridge Indian reservation in South Dakota, the home of her Native American Tribe, Lakota Sioux.
Activities, organizations: Amanda served as part of the Student Leadership Council and in the school choir. She was also involved in FFA and showed goats at local livestock shows.
Achievements: Bulldog pride citizenship award, Methodist Children’s Home scholarship


Samrawit - Earned Third-Place Medal in the Waco Striders Club Annual Cross Country Trail Run

Samrawit - Methodist Children's Home

Samrawit, an avid runner and resident on the Waco campus, ran in the Waco Striders Running Club’s 32nd Annual Cross Country Trail Run on February 19, 2011. She placed third in the women’s division of the two-mile race. Samrawit attends A.J. Moore Academy and participated in this event for extra credit for her physical education class. Samrawit ran track at her school in Ethiopia and has enjoyed getting back into the sport since being at the Home. She is currently preparing to participate in the Striders Club’s upcoming five-mile race in March. Congratulations Samrawit!



Christian - Selected to Play in the FCA Super Centex Victory Bowl


Congratulations to Christian! Christian has been selected to play in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) Super Centex Victory Bowl in June at Floyd Casey Stadium, Waco, Texas.

The FCA Super Centex Victory Bowl serves as a major outreach, service and fundraising event for the Heart of Texas FCA ministry. The youth playing in the Victory Bowl were nominated by their coaches then selected by the Victory Bowl coaching staff. They are all seniors from the twelve-county area that the Heart of Texas FCA covers.

Christian was nominated by Coach Kevin Henry, MCH Athletic Director.

“Christian is respectful on and off the field, “Henry said. “He leads by example as the quarterback for our six man football team. This was everyone’s first year playing six man football and Christian often kept the team focused and in control.”

Essence - National Merit Scholar and Essay Contest Winner


Congratulations to Essence for being recognized by the National Merit Program and winning the “Voice of Democracy” essay, a contest sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Mart.

Essence is a senior at University High School. She was recognized as a Commended Student in the 2011 National Merit Scholarship Program. The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition that high school students enter by taking the Preliminary SAT\National Merit Qualifying Test in October of their junior year. By being recognized as Commended, she now qualifies for special scholarships sponsored by corporations and businesses.

In the “Voice of Democracy” essay contest, Essence won first place, receiving a beautiful plaque and a $300.00 check. Her essay then advanced to the district level competition, were she won second place. Once again she received a plaque and a $300.00 check. Please help us congratulate Essence on a job well done!

Denzel - Football All-Star

Photo of Denzel, Methodist Children's HomeDenzel, a cornerback on the MCH six-man football team, was named 2nd Team All-State by the Texas Christian Athletic League (TCAL). He was selected to play in the TCAL All-Star game with the Division 1 West Team on Saturday, December 4, in Bryan at Allen Academy.

“It was a new experience,” Denzel said. “We practiced from 6-9 p.m. Friday night and were ready to go for Saturday’s game.”

Although Denzel’s team lost, he was thankful for the opportunity to play in the game.

“I got to play all four quarters of the game,” he said. “I covered my position really well and the other team stopped throwing the ball in my direction, so I missed out on some of the action toward the end of the game.”

Like the other all-star players, Denzel was chosen for the team based on his stats throughout the football season. Being selected this year was a big accomplishment for Denzel, and his home parents – Larry and Jeanean Slonaker - and peers attended the game to show their support.