From Enterprise Staff
Irissa Vera, a recent graduate of Corrigan-Camden High School, received a Polk County Area Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Go Texan Scholarship for $20,000. Vera has been very active in high school both academically and in leadership roles. She plans to attend Texas A&M University in the fall.
“I always knew the Houston Rodeo Scholarship represented hard work and academic excellence, so I maintained those standards for myself,” Vera said. Her leadership qualities, academic honors, community service and determination led her to win the HLSR Scholarship.
She attended dual credit college classes in high school and took honors classes at CCHS while being involved in extracurricular activities.
“My most dedicated activity was leading the Corrigan-Camden FFA chapter, where I served as president. Within FFA, I competed in contests such as senior quiz, vet science and public speaking. I’m extremely proud of what the FFA members accomplished together,” she said.
“Additionally, I volunteered for my community through the National Honor Society and LEO Club, as vice-president for both. I competed in UIL current events since 2020 and I was this year’s district champion. My teammates and I also competed at the state level for UIL social studies,” she said.
Vera will attend Texas A&M University this fall and major in bioenvironmental sciences. She plans to become an environmental consultant to advise agricultural and forestry producers.
“Receiving the Houston Rodeo Scholarship is an absolute blessing for me and my family. I’m very grateful for everyone who has supported me. I hope that my example will inspire other students at Corrigan-Camden to always strive for the best,” Vera said.