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IMPACT Senior Surprised With Scholarship by KPRC Channel 2
05/08/2017
KPRC Channel 2 anchors Rachel McNeill (front left) and Owen Conflenti (front, second from right) present a $2,500 KPRC/Texas Mattress Makers scholarship to Gloria Contreras, a senior at IMPACT Early College High School.
Also pictured are Laura Reyes (front right), IMPACT ECHS principal; (back, from left) Kristi Pizana, college and career readiness specialist; Richard Smith, academic dean/assistant principal; Robin Galvan, counselor; Stephanie Powell, paraprofessional and Connie Maitin, scheduler.
 Photo by Carrie Pryor-Newman

KPRC Channel 2 anchors Rachel McNeill (front left) and Owen Conflenti (front, second from right) present a $2,500 KPRC/Texas Mattress Makers scholarship to Gloria Contreras, a senior at IMPACT Early College High School. Also pictured are Laura Reyes (front right), IMPACT ECHS principal; (back, from left) Kristi Pizana, college and career readiness specialist; Richard Smith, academic dean/assistant principal; Robin Galvan, counselor; Stephanie Powell, paraprofessional and Connie Maitin, scheduler.

IMPACT Senior Surprised With Scholarship by KPRC Channel 2
 
By: Susan Passmore
 

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KPRC Channel 2 surprised IMPACT Early College High School senior Gloria Contreras with a $2,500 scholarship last week. The unsuspecting student, currently ranked No. 1 in her class, was sitting in class when anchors Owen Conflenti and Rachel McNeill, along with producer Dawn Campbell and photographer Cesar Martinez, entered her classroom with a large check. The announcement caught Contreras off guard, but she handled being in front of the camera like a pro.

Contreras’ scholarship is one of 20 sponsored by Texas Mattress Makers and KPRC awarded to deserving high school seniors in the Houston area. She will receive an associate degree from Lee College next week before graduating from IMPACT Early College High School May 25. The scholarship will help her with expenses at the University of Texas at Austin as she pursues her degree in biochemistry.

“I’ve actually decided to be an ophthalmologist because I remember one time for an appointment, they said that my retina was too thin, so after going through testing - and on the test - it really made me decide that this was what I wanted to do. It intrigued me so much that it really inspired me to want to be an ophthalmologist,” Contreras said.

Community service is important to Contreras. She is vice president of Student Council and was involved with the toy drive and the blood drive this year. She helped plant trees with the Spanish Club and worked at the polls at the general election in November.

“Our school, IMPACT, gives us so much by being able to graduate with an associate degree, so this is my small way of giving back to Baytown,” she said.

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