For Release on October 12, 2016
Kate Hernandez – Leader of Tomorrow Award Recipient
Rotary Club of Humble
Rotary Club of Humble awarded Humble High School Senior Kate Hernandez with the Leader of Tomorrow award at their October 12 luncheon meeting.  Kate is engaged in the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps Executive Officer (JROTC), Health Occupations Students of American (HOSA), Key Club, UIL Academics Team.   She is also a part of the International Baccalaureate Certificate Program at Humble High School.
Kate is busy in the community as well.  She currently volunteers as a Youth Group Leader for the 2016-2017 Confirmation class at St. Mary’s Catholic Church.  Key Club’s mission is also a student led community service club, so she does many community events such as car washes, seasonal festivals, fundraisers, and more. In addition, she will be a nursing home volunteer beginning October 26th with HOSA.
Kate is on course to graduate in the top 10% of her class and plans on attending Texas A&M College Station next fall for their Health Science and ROTC programs. She wants to major in Biology or Chemistry and minor in Psychology. Furthermore, she aspires to attend medical school at Baylor College of Medicine to receive her M.D, and hopefully start a career as a trauma surgeon or trauma nurse.
When asked what is the most thing she has learned so far in life, she responded:  “… working hard for what you want in life, no matter what obstacles are placed during that lifetime. If you are truly passionate about what you want, you will not give up and you will achieve that goal.”
Kate will be the first in her family to graduate high school and attend college, which will be a major and proud accomplishment. Throughout her high school career, she has seen herself improve mentally and emotionally, especially when she has been presented with various obstacles and hard tasks. She now has the desire to help those in need, which is why she wants to go into the medical field. Kate acknowledges that her parents, Karen and Juan Hernandez, have played a critical role in her success to date. 
The Leader of Tomorrow award is a monthly student recognition program.  There are six awards given out during the year.  Each high school in the Humble ISD school district will have a recipient that is chosen.  Selection of the student is based on characteristics of leadership, academic success, service, and good citizenship.  It will be important for the student to have demonstrated respect to others and the ability to set challenging goals and attain them.  The Humble ISD Police Department representative at each high school will lead the process to select the student on campus.  
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