Abigail Garner and Miguel Jaramillo are two of 24 students honored this year by the Rotary Club of Waco and the Waco Tribune-Herald for their community service work. The Outstanding Youth Citizen award ceremony is a longstanding tradition in Waco that provides recognition to high school seniors who put "Service Above Self."
Each of the 24 nominees was selected by his or her high school. Students submitted a detailed application listing their school achievements and volunteer activities. A letter of recommendation from someone familiar with their volunteer efforts is also a part of the application.
Abigail Garner, Waco High School, is the daughter of Brian and Margie Garner. Her activities and honors include National Honor Socienty, Academic Achiever, state qualifier in History Fair, Visual Arts Scholastic Event regional competitor, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Teen Leadership Waco, UIL One-Act Play and Young Republicans. Abigail volunteers for Friends for Life, Mission Waco, H-E-B Feast of Sharing, Alliance Bible Church Vacation Bible School and Special Olympics. Her goals include pursuing an degree in education from Baylor University, teaching either history or English at the secondary level, and writing historical fiction.
Miguel Jaramillo, University High School, is the son of Miguel L. Jaramillo and Maria Turrubiartes. His activities and honors include Academic Achiever, Future Business Leaders of America, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program and Educators Credit Union teller at the Trojan Branch. Miguel plans to attend McLennan Community College followed by Tarleton State University to pursue a degree in accounting.