Demetrius Hollins—Washington High School
Demetrius Hollins, who lists Advanced Placement calculus as his favorite subject, is a product of Fonwood Elementary and Burbank Middle schools. He plans to pursue a degree in biomedical engineering from Texas A&M University, from which he has already received a Century Scholarship. Hollins is also the recipient of a Posse Foundation Scholarship.
Hollins is a member of the Mexican American Engineers and Scientists and Team 57 Robotics. He serves as treasurer of the National Honor Society and project manager of the Launch program. Hollins has been recognized for maintaining a perfect-attendance record. In his spare time, he enjoys playing football, building robots, and practicing martial arts.Sabona Simbassa
Sabona Simbassa—Washington High School
Sabona Simbassa attended Bonham Elementary and Welch Middle schools before graduating from Washington. A commanding officer in the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps, he serves as vice president of the National Honor Society, secretary of the Math and Engineering Society, and project manager of the One Mile, One Pound Rocketry Club. He has also been active in Texas Boys State competitions.
Simbassa has been recognized with the Military Order of World War Award of Merit and the Reserve Officers’ Medal through JROTC. He lists reading, volunteering, and listening to music as some of his interests, and electronics and chemistry as two of his favorite subjects. Simbassa plans to attend the University of Oklahoma and pursue a degree in biomedical engineering.