San Angelo ISD Trio Earns Top Counseling Association Honors


SAN ANGELO, TX - Three students from San Angelo ISD were recognized for their achievements by the Three Rivers Counseling Association.

According to the school district, the students were honored at the 35th Annual Three Rivers Counseling Association Appreciation Luncheon on February 13, which included keynote speaker Drew Darby. 

At the event, two students were presented with “Student Tribute Awards,” while another received a Scholarship. The honorees are as follows:

  • Bryson Gonzales of Lincoln Middle School – Elementary School Student Tribute Award
  • Danielle Castro of Lone Star Middle School – Middle School Student Tribute Award
  • Angelina Galvan of Lake View High School – Three Rivers Counseling Association Scholarship Recipient

“Our students have shown perseverance and resiliency to earn the tribute award,” said Rebecca Cline, SAISD Director of Assessment and Counseling. “As counselors, we are proud that they have grown and utilized tools and skills to move forward. We also wish the best for Angelina in her future endeavors!”

Nominations for the Tribute Awards included touching accounts of the students' perseverance. 

Excerpts from the nominations for the three Tribute Awards include: 

One of Bryson’s previous teachers at Goliad Elementary nominated him for the Elementary School Student Tribute Award for his ability to stay positive and kind while navigating through the grief of losing a loved one: 

“He is tender-hearted and kind … I was able to witness Bryson being gentle with his little brother when they both attended my school. He was nurturing and kind. I was also able to see Bryson make positive choices when faced with peer pressure. This year, at middle school, I hear he is doing well playing in the mariachi band and soon to start baseball. I want Bryson to know that we are so proud of him!”

The school district states that Danielle’s counselor nominated her for the Middle School Student Tribute Award for her strength and resilience and being proactive in seeking help: 

“This nomination is not about what she endured; it is about what came after. She had every reason to shut down and quit trying. People would have understood had she done this, but that is not the person Danielle is … sixth-grade year was a difficult one for her, but Danielle never gave up … Danielle continued to cry out for help and advocated for herself with teachers and staff, sharing parts of her story with others … Danielle is now in the 8th grade, and she is thriving. She has built supportive relationships with her peers and staff.”  

Angelina has been accepted to the University of Texas, where she plans to study biology, and wrote this in her essay submission for the TRCA High School Scholarship: 

“Throughout my life, I was raised by a single mom who would work tirelessly to provide for me … My mom has always been one of the greatest role models in my life and is the reason I have moved very far in high school … My mom influenced me to better myself for my family now and my family in the future. As I watch my mom’s highs and lows, I can say now as an adult that I want to put in just as much effort as my mom put in every day.”

TRCA sponsors the annual luncheon to honor those who chose the profession of counseling to assist those who are in need of service. 

According to the school district, to qualify for the awards, nominations were made based on letters of support from a colleague, student, or community leader, or the nominee’s supervisor or administrator. 

The TRCA student awards are intended to highlight students who have overcome obstacles and shown courage, resilience, and determination, as well as affirm their hard work and share their inspiring stories with others as they realize their goals. 

Also honored at the luncheon were five of San Angelo ISD’s counseling departments for receiving the annual Counselors Reinforcing Excellence for Students in Texas (CREST) award for excellence in counseling. 


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