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 Students of the Year! Be sure to scroll to the bottom to check out the video shot by Hip Pixel Photography.

Johnny Holden, Woodway Elementary

Johnny Holden is one of a kind.  He wants to please with every fiber in his body.  He is constantly trying to improve and do his very best.  He is trustworthy and kind.  His character is pure and his heart is gold.  While at school Johnny is a member of the GT program, his favorite subject is reading, he participates in UIL and Chess club.  Outside of school Johnny is actively involved at Hewitt Community Church, he is a member of Junior Bible Quiz, and plays baseball. Johnny is an outstanding leader.  He stands up for what is right, listens to others and has intentional conversations with peers and adults.  His role model is his dad.   He said his dad provides for their family, he is a great listener and very supportive.  We are so happy to have Johnny represent Woodway Elementary. 

As a parent , you could never wish for anything more from a child.

Millie Cherry, Woodgate Intermediate

When Millie entered kindergarten, her father said, “I know you love to sing, but you may not be able to do that in class.” By the end of that year her teacher presented her with the “Symphony Award” for her “love of singing and humming while she works.” Suffice it to say, Millie has a heart for music. She regularly performs with her church choir, with Woodgate’s choir, and in shows with the Waco Civic Theatre. She is a Woodgate Kindness Ambassador, a member of the school’s Destination Imagination team, and competed in UIL Oral Reading. Millie’s other interests include dance, reading, and playing basketball. Proud parents are Brice and Janet Cherry.

Amilia Warkentine, Midway High School

Amilia is the daughter of Brian and Angie Warkentine.  She and her brother, Thomas, moved to Waco the summer prior to Amilia’s sophomore year from the Houston area.  Amilia is currently the Valedictorian of the graduating class of 2020.  She scored a perfect score on the ACT exam.  Amilia is a Finalist in the National Merit Scholar Award based on her PSAT scores.  She is also an AP scholar for her AP exam scores.  Amilia has won the Gold Medal and the Bronze Medal for the National Spanish Exam – Level  4 and 5.  Amilia is a Spanish Club Officer.  She is on the UIL Science Team.  Amilia spends her time out of school volunteering at the Hewitt Library and Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Hospital.  She also works part-time for Kumon Learning Center tutoring students.  This spring, Amilia will begin an internship with Baylor University doing research in Nano-Optics.  Amilia  has been accepted and plans to attend Rice University in the fall where she plans to study Physics and Mathematics. 

Hadlee Pierce, Midway Middle School

Hadlee, an 8th grader at MMS, has always been known for her sweet smile and sincere heart. She radiates kindness and feels like changing the world begins with being nice to everyone no matter what. Hadlee is so fun to be around and her joy for life is contagious! Hadlee is a straight A student and is in the National Junior Honor Society. She is also a Cheerleader at MMS and is in the Panther Chorale. Hadlee has been dancing at Dance by Emily for 10 years. She loves to dance! She is very involved with the youth group at First Baptist Woodway and enjoys being a part of this ministry and serving others for Christ. Hadlee loves her family and friends and never wants to miss a beat!  Her proud parents are Troy and Mindy Pierce, along with proud brothers Walker and Hudson.

James “JJ” Shell, Hewitt Elementary

JJ is currently a 4th grader at Hewitt Elementary.  He is involved in the Kindness and Compassion Club and Garden Club at school.  He has always volunteered n the library and participated in Safety Patrol.   His outside activities include Cub Scouts and basketball.  He loves working outside in the yard with his dad mowing the grass and maintaining all our flower beds.  JJ is an extreme helpful at all the school activities, one in particular is helping make popcorn during our movie nights and carnival.  JJ is a student who works very hard at school.  He has dyslexia and has worked hard since coming to Hewitt in 1st grade to overcome his academic challenges.  He does attend the Baylor Speech and Language program to help with his dyslexia as well.  We are extremely proud of all JJ has accomplished with all his hard work.  JJ is a very kind helpful,child who loves to work with others.  We often find him across the street helping the neighbors pull weeds or working on his yard. 

Caylea Stanford, Castleman Creek Elementary

“Never give up, and keep trying because one day you’ll get it!” are words of wisdom spoken by Caylea Stanford, 4th grader, at Castleman Creek Elementary. Every single day, CCE’s Student of the Year seeks to be her best by helping other people through their struggles. Caylea always wears a smile on her face that can brighten any room and bring joy to anyone around her. Not only is she able to bring cheer to others with her contagious smile, but Caylea also has the gift of encouragement. “I never want anyone to get down on themselves. When someone does, I want to be there for them. I love to help and motivate people. It makes me feel so good.” Peers describe Caylea as helpful, kind, smart, and a great friend. At Castleman Creek, this honor-roll student is a member of The Knights of the Round Table (Principal’s Council) and Castle Porters. She is also very involved in her church. When she grows up, Caylea wants to be a teacher. 

According to her parents, Robert and Sandy Stanford, Caylea is an ambitious girl who sets out to achieve what she dreams. They are so proud of their daughter for this great achievement and for the compassion she shares with others. Caylea and her family reside in Hewitt, Texas.

Nuvia Navarro, Spring Valley Elementary


Nuvia is in 4th grade and is known for her kind heart, politeness and willingness to help others. She always puts others before herself and is kind to everyone she meets. Nuvia is a caretaker. She enjoys being a teacher helper and looks forward to helping her parents cook and take care of her siblings after school. She adores animals and wants to be a vet when she grows up. In 3rd grade, her class nominated her for friendliest person. She has competed in UIL for the past 2 years, mentors kindergarten students once a week as a reading/research buddy and “loves the interaction with younge students.” Nuvia attends Sacred Heart Catholic Church and completed the First Communion class. She is an anchor on the Spring Valley morning announcements, has received multiole Positive Office Referrals for her outstanding dedication, responsibility and kindness toward others.  When Nuvia was presented with this award, she said, “I was so surprised! I never dreamed I would win an award for just being kind. I wanted to make people smile.”

Justen Underwood, Speegleville Elementary

Justen Underwood is a 4th grader and stands out amongst his peers.  He is kind, considerate, easy going and always looking to help out. No matter what is happening around him, he is always doing the right thing even when no one is watching.  He always tries his best in every circumstance he is in—whether it be socially or academically.  He is a leader in every aspect of his life. He is an Honor roll student and has a great sense of humor.  We can always count on Justen.  

Victor Argueta, South Bosque Elementary 

Victor Argueta is a very dedicated student with a charming, kind and respectful personality. He cares about others and he is a boy that always tells the truth. His passion is reading and practicing jiujitsu martial arts. Victor is part of the CCE program at St. Jerome Catholic Church and is an engaged soccer player at the Heart of Texas League. He has been part of the GT program for the last 3 years. He is an A student in fourth grade at South Bosque Elementary. He has participated in the school spelling bee contest and competed in UIL spelling. He was part of the honor guard program at South Bosque. He is always eager of learning new things and he had self taught how to read and write in Spanish. His hobbies are playing guitar, building star wars legos and what he enjoys the most is playing with his sister and his dog. Proud parents are Patricia E and Manuel Argueta.

Greyson Haynes, River Valley Intermediate

Greyson is a straight A student who has been recognized for his kindness, helpfulness, and respect of others. This year he joined the Special Olympic Buddies program, Panther Pride, River Valley Rumblers Robotics, and competed in UIL number sense. Away from school Greyson has swam for the Waco community swim team, HEAT, for over two years and helps serve dinner a few times a year at the Oletha Jamboree – a scholarship fund project in Thornton, TX. Greyson enjoys his free time fishing, hunting, camping and exploring outdoors with his family. 

2021 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)