Scholarship recipients Hortencia Armenta, Estefany Maldonado and Rodrigo Sanchez.
Three college-bound Pasadena High graduates made a return trip to their alma mater on Thursday for a reception honoring them as recipients of Kruse Elementary scholarships.
Estefany Maldonado, Rodrigo Sanchez and Hortencia Armenta received certificates and checks for $1,000. All attended Kruse Elementary.
A fourth recipient, Jose Lozano, would not attend the reception because he was attending orientation at Texas A&M. Maldonado is also making preparations to leave for A&M. Sanchez is headed to Stephen F. Austin University. Armenta will attend San Jacinto College.
Each student was asked to bring along a favorite teacher from their days at Kruse.
The checks were presented by a delegation with strong Kruse ties. On hand were former Kruse teacher Lynne Hooper, former Kruse principal Rosie Prusz and Bill McMillin, a local businessman who attended Kruse and graduated from Pasadena High in 1958.
Prusz is now the associate superintendent for Instructional Leadership with the Pasadena ISD. McMillin is a long-time volunteer in the HOSTS program.
Hooper, a driving force in the HOSTS program during her 13 years at Kruse, helped launch the scholarship program in 1995.
The reception marked the 18th year for the scholarships to be awarded. The program is set to end in 2014 when the last of Hooper's students at Kruse graduate from Pasadena High.
Scholarship presenters Bill McMillin, Pasadena High Principal Joe Saavedra, Lynne Hooper and Rosie Prusz.
Sanchez (center) with Hooper, Saavedra, Prusz and McMillin.
Maldonado receives her scholarship certificate.
Armenta after receiving her certificate.
Recipients welcome their favorite Kruse teachers for a group photo: (back) Martha Green, Kruse secretary Frances Hernandez, Tricia Russo, Armenta, Maldonado, Susanna Sliva, Sanchez and Laura Pena; (front) McMillin, Pasadena High counselor Krishna Shah, Prusz and Hooper.