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A STAR IS BORN Award Luncheon
Each spring, we host our annual A STAR IS BORN Awards Luncheon and our guests include: club members, award recipients, friends, family and the community. Please refer to the Monetary Awards & Scholarships page for a full description of each award.
***Live Your Dream Award Recipients***
Miranda is a single mother of two children ages four and six. She is pursuing a bachelors degree in Accounting at Texas Woman’s University and expects to graduate in 2022. Miranda comes from a third world country where getting an education is a dream so being able to reach for and fulfill that dream is a huge deal to Miranda. Not only does she want to be an accountant, Miranda wants to change lives. She is a first generation student. Miranda says “Getting an education and reaching my career goals means that my children will get a chance at being successful in life, I will reach self-fulfillment and my community will be impacted in tremendous ways.” Miranda has been selected as the 2nd place winner of the Soroptimist South Central Region Live Your Dream award.
Paula is a single mother of three children ages seven and under. She is studying at West Coast University to be a Nurse, specifically an RN-BSN in ICU. She has worked as a Certified Medical Assistant but realized that she needed to pursue further education and become an RN to care for her family. Paula struggled to stay in school with gaps when her mother had a heart attack at age 40 and her caregiver grandmother passed away at age 66. Paula says “This award means very much to me and to my children. I want to show them that a few road blocks will never stop you from making it to your destination, you just have to redirect and proceed”.
***Ruby Award Recipient***
Marguritte S. Johnson
Marguritte serves the community as a social activist and Executive Director of Stand 4 Sisterhood, established Dec 21, 2016 and When Sisters Unite organized Jan 12, 2019. She has recently launched 4Core: The Mentor Movement which serves as the nucleus of S4S by providing generational mentoring to girls and women committed to pay it forward. Since 2018, S4S has hosted 43 under-served girls ages 10-18 at our annual summer camp: Diamonds in the Rough!
Marguritte is also CEO of MSJ-Pro Services – a strategic consulting firm committed to obtaining MAx results for their clients. With amazing approval rating for IRS-501(c)(3) entities and expertise in securing funding via corporate sponsors and community partners.
Marguritte diligently influences the community as an author, speaker, panelist, and credentialed mediator. She is blissfully married to Jeremiah Johnson for 21 years and is the proud mother of two teen’angels (ages 17 & 15) and wholeheartedly believes that WE must BE the CHANGE we desire to SEE in the world TODAY!
***Betty Jay Award Recipients***
Gauri recognized that the participation of women and minorities in STEM opportunities is still low and slow. That’s why she helped create “Girls in STEM”. When a girl decides to enter STEM, she is beginning to change what the future looks like for everyone. Girls in STEM shows kids that STEM is engaging and filled with promise at the high school and younger age where the STEM gender gap begins to form. For her Girl Scout Gold Award, Gauri created the community service pillar in Girl Scouts. She received their 2019 Young Woman of Distinction Award for Northeast Texas.
Natalie created a community clothes closet at Carney Elementary School in Flower Mound as part of her Girl Scout Gold Award to raise awareness about basic needs. This reached 43 homeless and 74 at-risk students. Natalie raised funds, organized and executed her plan by recruiting 20 volunteers and locating resources and connections. The closet was presented at “Back to School Night”. Natalie is organizing a partnership between organizations and the school so that the closet will be replenished to ensure that future generations of students will have a resource for clean clothes.
***Maxine Broyles Award Recipients***
Athens is currently attending Southwestern Oklahoma State University and is majoring in Health Sciences, Pre-Occupational Therapy. She then plans to get a Master’s in Occupational Therapy at the University of Oklahoma to work with children with disabilities. Athens wants to work at a Children’s Hospital or in a facility dedicated to improving the skills, adaptions, and independence of individuals with special needs. Camp Summit has taught Athens how to learn and better communicate with individuals who do not communicate verbally. She is taking sign language classes to better communicate and build relationships with deaf or signing individuals. Athens’ biggest take away from camp was that she can do more to make life more adaptable and better for individuals with special needs.
Julie is currently attending Illinois State University majoring in Special Education, Learning and Behavior Specialist. She plans to teach in the Special Education department in a school around the Springfield, Illinois area. She wants to implement an inclusive environment within her school between the general education and Special Education classrooms. Along with teaching, Julie hopes to continue her education and receive her masters in ABA therapy. Julie says that working at Camp Summit has truly been a life changing experience. Each day was a learning experience that helped fuel her passion for working in the Special Education field. Her life has been changed for the better because of the campers and staff members she has met along the way.
***Dallas Scholars Scholarship Recipients***
Melanie is mom to a one year old daughter Emily and will graduate this spring from The Colony High School. After being the victim of bullying in middle school, Melanie joined JROTC in high school where she found confidence and developed strong leadership skills. Melanie has not let her pregnancy at age 16 stand in the way of her dreams. She plans a career in Criminal Justice. Melanie ‘s goal is to attend UNT for a bachelors in Business and then apply for law school to become a Corporate Lawyer.
Jessica is mother to a 6 month old son Lucas. Jessica has Dyslexia and ADHD and has succeeded in Special Education. After getting pregnant at age 16, Jessica has stayed in school and will graduate from Marcus High School in Lewisville where she currently attends. Jessica has always wanted to be a teacher. She currently student teaches at Bridlewood Elementary and she is an extended school day aide for LISD. Jessica is also a member of and competes within Texas Association of Future Educators. Jessica plans to attend North Central Texas College and then MSU to obtain a bachelors degree in Education.