Senior Spotlights for May 15th

posted May 26, 2016, 11:55 AM by Joe Cordova   [ updated May 26, 2016, 11:55 AM ]

Wes Beltran

I have been a student at Knippa since Pre-K. I have enjoyed participating in tennis and UIL Science and math events throughout high school. Some of my accomplishments include our UIL Science team winning state last year.  Also, our math team was the state runner-up.  Last year, my tennis partner, Danuel Piles, and I earned third place at the state tournament. When I graduate from Knippa, I will miss lunches with my friends.  I plan on attending The University of Texas at Austin and studying mathematics. My advice for younger students is have a positive attitude, and be the person everyone wants to see – even in the mornings.

Dane Stocks

I have been a student at Knippa since 3-K. I have been involved with UIL academics since first grade.  I was in basketball, track, and student council in seventh and eighth grades.  I participated in cross-country eighth and ninth grade, and I have played golf since my freshman year.  I have also been a part of G/T, including the National Science Bowl, and I have competed in VASE in eleventh and twelfth grade.Some of my accomplishments include being a part of the 2015 UIL State Champion Science team and placing first individually in physics.  I have qualified for state for Number Sense four years in a row, and I placed second at state in 2015.  I also qualified for Mathematics and Calculator Applications as a team in 2015.  I was a part of the district championship team in golf in 2015 and 2016 and finished 16th out of 72 at the state tournament in 2015.  I also participated in Duke University’s TiP, GeoFORCE, and Summer Science Program. The best thing about going to school in Knippa was definitely getting to meet so many great teachers over the 14 years that I’ve been here.  I’m going to miss walking down the same hallway and sitting in the same classrooms that I have for the past eight years in the “big” building.  I’m going to miss the dual credit classes that I had with Ms. Radicke and the days spent in Mr. Buesing’s science lab.  Most of all, I will miss traveling with Mr. Neel and my friends to compete in UIL meets. My fondest memories include traveling to the regional UIL meets at Blinn College.  The trips up there are always fun, as is when Mr. Neel takes us to shady burger joints the night before competition. I plan on attending Stanford University to major in physics and math.  I hope to become involved in particle physics research collaborations at the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva.  I’d also like to travel in East Asia and the Middle East once I land a steady job. My advice for younger students is read many different books.  There’s so much knowledge to be found in the world, and reading is the gateway to finding it.  Also, never settle for less than what will make you happy.  Push for opportunities; have fun, and know that if you want something bad enough – if you put in the necessary time and effort – you really can do whatever you want to in life.