Student of the Year

Since 2016, the Greater Hewitt Chamber has partnered with Midway ISD to choose one student at each campus to be recognized as the Student of the Year. The campus faculty has selected past winners for their kindness, leadership, compassion, academic achievements, community involvement and extracurricular activities. Congratulations to our 2017-2018 Students of the Year! Be sure to scroll to the bottom to check out the video shot by Hip Pixel Photography.

Cailyn Coats, Woodway Elementary

A fourth-grader at Woodway Elementary, Cailyn has won awards for the HOT Rodeo Spelling Bee, as well as UIL awards for ready writing and music memory. Cailyn enjoys the Seventh and James Baptist Church Music Camp, playing softball and volleyball, arts, crafts, reading, playing with friends and helping teachers after school. Proud parents are Nicole and Brian Coats.

Kaitlin Granger, Spring Valley Elementary

Kaitlin has a black belt in karate, received a perfect score in UIL music memory and consistently makes the A/B Honor Roll, in addition to receiving an exemplary score on the 3rd grade Math and Reading STAAR Test. Daughter of Amy and Preston Granger, Kaitlin enjoy dancing, cooking unique and creative dishes and spending time with her family. Kaitlin is very social, and enjoys planning parties for her teenage years and choreographing new dance routines.

Yalini Ravikumar, Castleman Creek Elementary

Yalini has won numerous awards for everything from perfect scores on STAAR to recognition for kindness, reading, writing, spelling, art and math. In her free time, Yalini enjoys learning new skills, building structures, arts, crafts, listening to music, reading and spending time with friends and family. Proud parents are Kavitha Saminathan and Murugaeson Ravi Kumar.

Vihaan Sibal, South Bosque Elementary

At the age of 9, Vihaan Sibal is already breaking records and making headlines by becoming the youngest-ever winner of the Central Texas Spelling Bee. Son of Shruti and Aman Sibal, Vihaan also won the 2017 Heart of Texas Math Bee and read one million words in 2nd grade. Vihaan enjoys playing tennis and soccer, swimming, playing piano and spending time playing outside with friends.

Layla Garcia, Hewitt Elementary

Layla’s heart for service is well-known as the winner of the Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy award for 2016-2017 and a member of the campus Kindness and Compassion Club. Daughter of Nancy and Larry Garcia, Layla is a Brownie in Girl Scouts, dances with Joy’s School of Dance and plays softball with Midway Little League. Outside of school, she raises money for the Alzheimer’s Association with her best friend by selling lemonade and flowers. Layla enjoys spending time with friends and family, swimming, watching TV, and experimenting in the kitchen.

Kaila Ignacio, Speegleville Elementary

Kaila, a fourth-grader at Speegleville, is a multi-year competitor and winner in UIL contests and has won the Speegleville Principal Award, Citizenship Award, Panther Pride Award and has been Coach for the Day on campus. Kaila enjoys singing in chorus, playing softball and basketball, swimming, dancing, baking, travleing and being creative with arts in her studio by experimenting with multi-colored and textured “slime” and making homemade toys. She also loves caring for her dogs, Tommy and Trojan, and her California rabbit named Charlotte Rose. Proud parents are Jenny and Ramil Ignacio.

Tyson del Bosque, River Valley Intermediate

“Tyson is Hunger Free MISD at River Valley. Around twenty kiddos get bags every weekend, and Tyson prepares those bags for every student every Friday. Conscientious, a hard worker, a great kid with a great smile.” – Sarah Holland, River Valley Principal

Hannah McCarver, Woodgate Intermediate

Daughter of Kelly and Jeremy McCarver, Hannah is a straight-A student who consistently displays leadership, kindness and compassion on campus. In addition to competing in UIL competitions for ready writing and spelling, Hannah is a 6th grade ambassador and helps new students get oriented. Outside of school, Hannah is involved with mission trips at her church, enjoys playing volleyball and cheers on her brother at his games.

Mary Elizabeth Barnhill, Midway Middle School

Mary Elizabeth Barnhill, known by her friends as Mary Beth, is a great example of a well-rounded student. Daughter of Byron and Elizabeth, Mary Beth is a member of the National Junior Honors Society, PALs and the National Charity League. She enjoys singing in the Panther Chorale at school, and off campus, Mary Beth spends her time babysitting, dancing and teaching children’s bible classes at Crestview Church of Christ where she’s a member of the youth group. Overall, she’s a great ambassador for the school.

Hanxing “Hanson” Kuang, Midway High School

“A National Merit semi-finalist, Hanson is looked up to by his peers on a daily basis as a leader on campus. Hanson serves as the captain of the tennis team and UIL academics team and is on track to be the valedictorian of the Midway High School 2018 graduating class.” – Allison Smith, Midway High Principal

2019 Sponsorships TBA

Sponsor benefits include name recognition on all trophies, presentation of awards, logo recognition in April issue of the Hewitt Express magazine, logo recognition on video posted to Chamber’s social media (also boosted on Facebook)