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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 Media.

2021 Recognition, Video and Winners announced here!

Holland Schaffer, Woodway Elementary

Holland 1st and 3rd place UIL Creative Writing, Student of the Month, HOT Rodeo Mutton Bustin’ Champion  represent Woodway Elementary. GT Program, Math Club, multiple UIL Team Member; Soccer, tennis, dance, enjoys volunteering in children’s service at church, hosting a lemonade stand to raise money for the local police department  

Daughter of Sarah and Nolan Schaffer of Woodway

Aila Carpenter, Woodgate Intermediate

Aila has exponential qualities that has led to her being the named student of the year. Aila won 1st place last year in UIL Maps, Graphs, and Charts for the Intermediate School level. She was also nominated for Lonestar Leadership Academy. Aila was selected to Principal’s Cabinet, Broadcast Crew, Band, UIL, GT, and started an ASL Club. While being active in many programs through MISD Aila is also involved in extracurricular activities including: Sigma Swim Club, Waco Juniors Volleyball Club, volunteer for Transformation Waco and for local animal rescues.

Daughter of Bradley and Dana Carpenter of Hewitt

David Park, Midway High School

National AP Scholar, National Spanish Exam gold & silver medals, 3x UIL State Solo and Ensemble Division I rating winner, UIL Cross-Examination Debate State Qualifier, 2019-2020 Waco Symphony Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition Winner (Cello); Principal Symphony Orchestra cellist, varsity debate team captain, UIL academics math team, Spanish club/Spanish national honor society, computer science club, physics, Volunteer for “Music for Heroes” at Doris Miller Veterans Affairs Medical Center, praise team cellist at Korean United Methodist Church; Son of Yoo-Mi Chin of Woodway

Brady Quinn, Midway Middle School

Brady is a well-rounded student that is involved in a variety of activities! School involvement & leadership roles: Football, Basketball and golf; Also involved with community baseball activities.

Son of Lisa and Jarod Quinn of Waco

Trey Pyatt, Hewitt Elementary

Trey was chosen as student of the year because demonstrates many of the characteristics we pride here at Midway. Trey is incredibly kind, respectful, responsible, honest, and cooperative. Every day he is ready to help classmates and teachers with anything from walking peers through activities, keeping the classroom organized and clean, being a leader and a friend to all of his fellow students. He takes initiative in every aspect of the school day whether it is completing classwork, helping younger students, or being a friend by asking other kids to join him at recess. Additionally, he is a great role model for other students by interacting with EVERYONE throughout the day. He will play and interact with every student in his class as well as in other classes which makes them feel included and valued. He comes to school every day ready to give his best! Trey is a kind and caring kid who is going to do great things!

Dylan Patel, Castleman Creek Elementary

Dylan Patel, 4th-grader at Castleman Creek Elementary, was selected as student of the year because of the loyalty, compassion, and generosity that he shows to others. Every day, Dylan greets the students and staff with warm words of encouragement and a smile. Dylan believes that we all have a responsibility to make others feel good about themselves. His guiding principle that he shares with others is to “treat people with kindness and only kindness…no matter what!” 

            When Dylan grows up, this aspiring future ophthalmologist wants to help people see the world with better vision. He loves playing baseball, reading great literature, and math. One of his greatest achievements was earning a “top reader” award at the Hewitt Public Library. When receiving this award, he met the City of Hewitt Mayor, Mr. Charlie Turner, which was a memorable experience, according to Dylan. Dylan is the son of Vinesh and Rupali Patel of Hewitt

Ambri Ramos, Spring Valley Elementary

Ambri’s outstanding leadership and positivity shines as a student at MISD. Ambri has received positive office referral, MVP in a softball game and multiple 1st place softball championships. Ambri plays softball for Buzz, select volleyball for Waco Lightening and basketball for Youth Lady Bears. Ambri plans to attend Baylor and become either a teacher or a veterinarian.

Daughter of Edward and Tonya Ramos of Hewitt

Miriam Houlim, Speegleville Elementary

Miriam is the daughter of Mehdi and Miranda Houlim. Miriam is kind and caring and is always willing to give a helping hand. Miriam always works hard and strives to do her best in and out of school. She loves to read, play sports, play board games, do arts and crafts, and spend time with her family. She loves to visit the library and participate in library activities. Miriam’s greatest love is animals, especially dogs. She spends a lot of time with her dog, Spur. She would like to work with animals when she gets older.

Daughter of Mehdi and Miranda Houlim of Woodway  

Carsyn Lalani, South Bosque Elementary 

Carsyn runs her own baking endeavor out of her home kitchen called Carsyn’s Confections. She is a member of the GT program, plays piano and loves to read and do crafts. Proud parents are McKenna and Shea Lalani of Woodway

Camille Smith, River Valley Intermediate

Camille Smith was chosen as student of the year because she maintains excellent academic student performance while promoting kindness among her peers. Camille is the class Spelling Bee winner and grade level finalist for 2021. In Camille’s free time she enjoys playing volleyball as a member of the Waco Juniors Volleyball Club. Camille is a River Valley Student Ambassador for 2020-2021 and a 6th Grade Choir member.

Daughter of Nickolas and Alison Smith of Waco

2021-2022 Sponsorships – coming soon!

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.

Presenting Sponsorship  

Attend and lead presentation of trophies all winners at Midway ISD campuses in February, name recognition on all trophies, logo recognition in April issue of the Hewitt Express magazine, logo recognition on video posted to Chamber’s social media and chamber website (also boosted on Facebook)

Prizes Sponsor

Logo on goodie bags given to winners, Name recognition in April issue of the Hewitt Express magazine as a supporting sponsor, name recognition on video posted to Chamber’s social media and chamber website (also boosted on Facebook)

Supporting Sponsorship 

Name recognition in April issue of the Hewitt Express magazine as a supporting sponsor, name recognition on video posted to Chamber’s social media and chamber website (also boosted on Facebook)